Publishing and Scholarly Communications Coordinator - Library
Forest Grove Campus - Forest Grove, OR
$61,000.00 - $64,000.00 Salary/year


This position provides leadership and operational management for the Libraries’ publishing services within a broader context of promoting—and engaging faculty, staff, and students in—practices and initiatives that maximize the dissemination, preservation, and impact of the university’s research and scholarship. The Publishing & Scholarly Communications Coordinator is responsible for the editorial and production processes of the Libraries’ journal and monograph publishing services, working with authors, editors, freelancers and other stakeholders in the development of specific publications and the overall publishing services. As part of its promotion of open and flexible modes of publication and dissemination, this position also provides education and support to the Pacific University community regarding scholarly communication and intellectual property issues, particularly as they pertain to authors’ rights and decision-making. This is a full-time, extended-term track faculty position on an 11-month contract.

For priority consideration, please submit materials by January 13, 2020.



  • Provide expertise and leadership in the areas of publishing and open access
  • Lead the development and management of sustainable publishing services
  • As Associate Press Director, manage the publication of Pacific University Press titles, in collaboration with the Press Director
  • Provide direct editorial and production support for monographs published by the Pacific University Press and through Bee Tree Books (the Libraries’ self-publishing imprint). This includes (but is not limited to): preparing and loading content into digital publishing platforms; editing structured documents using HTML, XML, and CSS; formatting text documents; reviewing and managing copyright issues with third-party content; proofreading for obvious structural, grammatical, or stylistic errors; and conversion to additional formats.
  • Provide direct support for journals published by the University Libraries; this may include (but is not limited to) collaboration on new journal development, training for journal editors, technical support for publications, layout/design of publications, and coordination of metadata/journal deposits with CrossRef, Portico, and journal aggregators
  • Collaborate with colleagues in Collection Services and Systems & Applications to define policies and best practices for the use of the university’s institutional repository, CommonKnowledge
  • Improve and document editorial and production workflows and processes
  • Design and provide instruction, continuing education, and online resources for students, staff, and faculty related to scholarly communication topics (open access, copyright, publishing processes, publishing tools, author rights, etc.)
  • Assist faculty and students with preparing original works for publication and/or dissemination through CommonKnowledge
  • Hire and train student workers as needed to assist with publishing services
  • Collaborate on efforts to promote open educational resource (OER) adoption and publishing.



  • Maintain current knowledge on relevant subject resources and best practices for open publication, open educational resources, and digital publishing
  • Research and evaluate emerging formats and workflows for publishing to inform the Libraries’ services;
  • Participate in community service, professional associations, and professional development activities
  • Contribute to University-wide committees/activities/service
  • Pursue opportunities to integrate scholarly activity into professional activities/responsibilities
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



This position is responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the Libraries’ journal and book publishing services, conducting outreach and providing faculty and student support related to publishing and scholarly community topics, and providing leadership for the Libraries’ involvement in scholarly communication initiatives.



This position may supervise student employees. Hiring, training, and evaluation of student employee work performance will be necessary.


  • Master’s degree in a relevant humanities or social sciences field such as literature, writing studies, history, communication, media studies, library and/or information sciences, or digital humanities, or a similar area; preference for a MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program
  • Relevant professional experience in either an academic library or a publishing company



  • Familiarity with current trends and emerging issues regarding copyright, open access, and scholarly communication, particularly as they relate to publishing
  • Basic knowledge of legal and ethical issues relevant to publishers (e.g. copyright, privacy, libel, research ethics)
  • Basic knowledge of publishing practices and processes for scholarly journals and/or monographs (i.e. review, editorial, production processes)
  • Basic knowledge of digital repository and digital publishing platforms
  • Demonstrated ability to efficiently learn/adapt to and troubleshoot new computer systems/software
  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, XML, and XSLT
  • Experience with desktop publishing programs and/or typesetting software
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff, both independently and in a team environment
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, develop, and manage projects
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, including strong written and oral communication skills and an ability to explain technical information to a non-technical audience
  • Potential for success working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment



Academic library environment, working in public areas and in a normal office environment. Primarily sedentary work that requires sitting and using a computer. This job is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions.



Balancing; Climbing; Crawling; Crouching; Feeling; Fingering; Grasping; Hearing; Kneeling; Lifting; Pulling; Pushing; Reaching; Repetitive motion; Standing; Stooping; Talking; Walking.



Medium work.

Visual acuity.