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Requisition Number 18-0106
Post Date 8/23/2018
Title Digital Publishing Librarian
Location Charles Town, WV
Company APUS

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•           Reports To: Associate Dean, Online Librarians

•           Department: Library

•           Office Location: Charles Town, WV

•           FLSA Status: Exempt

•           Date Posted: August 23, 2018

•           Date Closing: Open Until Filled

Position Summary

The APUS ePress Digital Publishing Librarian will promote faculty publication, provide curricular support, and will promote Open Access Publishing to the APUS Community.  This position requires a professional presence; the ability to interact with our publishing partners, internal and external peer reviewers, and the University community; the ability to build working relationships with faculty; and the ability to present before faculty and staff audiences.  Additionally, the Digital Publishing Librarian will join the Librarian team in providing reference support to APUS students, faculty and staff.  Librarians are available Sunday-Thursday 8 am to midnight ET and Friday/Saturday 8am to 10pm. ET.  Preference will be given to librarians with Bachelor’s degree in English, Communications, Journalism, publishing/electronic publishing, or information technology field, or an additional subject-level Master’s Degree.   The successful candidate will have experience with electronic/digital publishing and the scholarly communication process, including copyright.


Synopsis of Role

This professional position focuses on the coordination, maintenance, and delivery of electronic materials as the Digital Publishing Librarian of the American Public University System (APUS) ePress. The APUS ePress is the University publishing press designed to promote faculty publishing and to provide curricular support. The selectee will be responsible for shepherding electronic publication projects, designing and publishing web content, meeting automation and ADA 508 standards, and coordinating print-on-demand (POD) services. In addition, the position will help identify manuscript prospects and promote open access publishing to the APUS community. The digital publishing librarian will also work as a member of the librarian team, providing reference support to students, faculty and staff.  The digital publishing librarian works under the direction of the associate dean of online librarians as part of the extended library, electronic course materials, and copyright teams within Academics.


Essential Functions:

  • Manages APUS ePress e-book and web productions.
  • Creates EPUB and HTML5 files, layout and organize raw content for web publication/ copy edits as necessary.
  • Maintains current ePress publications, check all links in publications annually, make edits and additions as requested.
  • Manages APUS ePress/PSO publications from proposal stage, through peer review process and final publication.
  • Helps to identify and recruit book projects in support of APUS curricular needs.
  • Contributes to the creation of policies and procedures for publishing through the APUS ePress/PSO.
  • Acts as repository manager for APUS ePress repository to include, repository configuration, creating and updating HTML for all repository text and FAQs.
  • Contributes to the creation of policies, procedures, publicity materials, and necessary forms for adding student and faculty publications to APUS ePress repository.
  • Collects statistics and generate reports for APUS ePress repository.
  • Serves as APUS liaison to the open education consortium and community college consortium for open educational resources.
  • Provides library reference support to students, faculty and staff via email, SMS text, chat and adobe connect.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Work Environment and Physical Demands

  • A collegial team environment stresses cooperative endeavors and encourages exploration.
  • The work presupposes extensive involvement with electronic media and the web.
  • Requires a working telephone along with high speed internet access that is sufficient to access the current campus-teaching platform, microsoft office tools, and online library site.
  • Must be flexible to work weekends and evenings as directed by the supervisor.
  • Periodic travel  to University events as needed.




Required Skills:

  • Ability to work with evolving electronic publication and POD methods.
  • Goal-driven self- starter, who requires little active supervision.
  • Interpersonal skills sufficient for dealing with University faculty.
  • High level of attention to details and project management.
  • Preference given for working knowledge of library automation systems.
  • A strong background in computers/technology and non-print materials formats.
  • Ability to communicate and work as part of a team.
  • Attention to detail and record keeping.
  • Competence in working with automation and web resources.
  • Working knowledge of educational resources on the deep and open web.
  • Demonstrates a willingness to learn and advance.
  • Demonstrates creativity, flexibility, and a positive attitude.


Required Experience:

  • American Library Association approved Masters in library and information science required. Bachelor’s degree in English, communications, journalism, publishing/electronic publishing, or information technology field preferred.
  • University or academic work experience required.
  • Demonstrated understanding of copyright, open access and scholarly publishing process required.
  • Experience with adobe creative suite or other electronic publishing platform preferred.
  • Experience with web publishing and office management software.
  • Experience as the subject matter specialist librarian to provide the following specialized support:
  • Student and faculty reference support
  • Embedding in the classroom
  • Student support via adobe connect/blog/chat, etc.
  • Creating and maintaining program/course guides
  • Assist faculty with OER course material and supplementary material selection
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