Digital Publishing Research Fellow

Robert E. Kennedy Library at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, is seeking a resourceful and visionary Digital Publishing Research Fellow to join us for a unique opportunity to work in a learn-by-doing environment. This is an excellent opportunity for a digital publishing professional who brings a passion for vibrant publishing methodologies and emerging platforms.

Under general direction of the Exhibits and Campus Art Curator, the Digital Publishing Project Fellow will help investigate, develop, and pilot digital publishing approaches for library assets with a primary focus on faculty exhibit catalogs. The fellow will contribute to new directions in the open dissemination of digital materials resulting from the Creative Works program exhibition scholarship, research, and educational activities.

The successful Research Fellow will demonstrate ingenuity and independent self-direction, coupled with experimental determination. Additionally, the Research Fellow exhibits excellent communication, project management skills, and the ability to multi­task in a creative and innovative environment.

Housed in the Academic Services department, the Creative Works program rethinks access to scholarship by transforming the immersive on­site exhibits generated by faculty and students and re­imagines them into a digital exhibit catalog format. The digital publishing project goal is to raise the visibility and enhance access to Cal Poly scholarship by transposing the immersive on­site exhibits generated by faculty and students into a digital representation, such as an exhibit catalog. The digital publishing of exhibit catalogs presents a responsive publishing alternative and initiates additional access points to freely make available the research of faculty and students to wider and diverse online audiences. By creating a non­traditional pathway for publishing scholarly research, this pilot project enables the library to play an active role in strengthening Cal Poly’s scholarly communication system and to ensure that Learn by Doing research is widely disseminated and preserved.

Required qualifications

Education and Experience

  • ALA-accredited MLS, or comparable experience with relevant advanced degree. Official certified transcripts of highest degree will be required of finalist(s).
  • Up to two years, or equivalent, of work experience in a library, archive, museum, or in publishing.

Required Qualifications

  • Familiar with a variety of digital publishing concepts, practices, and procedures including universal design and accessibility compliance, potential open data resources, metadata, and other core informational components.
  • Knowledge of copyright and open access issues pertinent to digital publishing.
  • Understanding of digital media trends and initiatives as they apply in an academic environment.
  • Understanding of and appreciation for the ways new technologies are transforming academic libraries, and willingness to pursue innovative approaches to challenges and opportunities.
  • Familiarity with digital repository/publishing platforms.
  • Familiarity with digital image publishing and curation platforms.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, and excellent oral and written communication skills to communicate across a diverse population.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and foster effective working relationships within a diverse and fast-paced academic environment.
  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate and work effectively with a broad set of colleagues and library users.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement and successfully complete projects.
  • Proofreading skills and familiarity with the editing and production of publications.

Preferred qualifications

  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (especially Photoshop and InDesign) and HTML.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of copyright, author’s rights/agreements, open access, archiving rights, and knowledge of the associated legal and policy issues.
  • Ability to research, develop and communicate a strong vision of the library’s role in contemporary and emerging scholarly communications and alternative publishing models.

How to apply

Complete a required online faculty application at WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG and submit to Requisition # 104983. Attach the following required documents to your online application after submission:

  • Resume/CV
  • Cover letter
  • 350-550 word candidate statement of essay, responding to the following prompt “The academic library community is profoundly engaged with emerging forms of scholarship and disciplines that do not yet have a voice within the traditional publishing environment. In what ways can your area of expertise challenge the status quo of publishing and promote innovative and experimental forms of scholarly communication?”
  • Unofficial transcripts of terminal degree (normally MLS/MLIS) Three letters of recommendation and official certified transcripts will be required of finalist(s).Review Begin Date: November 5, 2018, open until filled.At California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, we believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. Bringing people together from different backgrounds, experiences and value systems fosters the innovative and creative thinking that exemplifies Cal Poly’s values of free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. Cal Poly’s commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring and retention. California Polytechnic State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. EEO.

About Kennedy Library

Kennedy Library is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing campus-wide information resources and related services with an annual budget of $7+ million and approximately 50 staff. The library has five departments: Academic Services; Access, Operations, and Administrative Services; Information Resources and Resource Sharing; Library Information Technology; and Special Collections and Archives. Integrating traditional library resources and services with digital tools, the Robert E. Kennedy Library continuously adapts its services, programs, and spaces to meet the evolving academic programs, research interests, and needs of the university community. Providing access to information resources, classrooms, computer labs, an expansive 24-hour space, and an array of group and individual study spaces, Kennedy Library is a magnet for students and faculty alike. Annual visitors exceed 1.5 million.

About Cal Poly

Cal Poly is a nationally ranked comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. With more than 18,000 undergraduates and approximately 1000 graduate students, Cal Poly fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a learn-by-doing environment where students and faculty are partners in discovery. As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a comprehensive institution, Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. As an academic community, Cal Poly values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility.
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About SLO

Cal Poly’s location in San Luis Obispo makes it one of the best places to visit. It’s a quintessential coastal California town with some 43,000 residents. Located halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles and just minutes from beaches, state parks, landmarks and premium wine regions, it’s also a popular vacation spot. Sunset Magazine has called it the most Californian place in all of California.

The city of San Luis Obispo offers a historic, restored downtown full of restaurants, theatres, art galleries and shops centered around San Luis Obispo Creek, Mission San Luis Obispo and Mission Plaza. San Luis Obispo’s Thursday night Farmer’s Market on Higuera Street has become a model for cities around the state. It’s a mix of fresh produce and flowers, baked goods, restaurant fare and free music all within strolling distance.

San Luis Obispo is just minutes from some of California’s best beaches and original beach cities: Avila Beach (10 miles), Pismo Beach (12 miles), Morro Bay (17 miles), Montaña de Oro State Park (18 miles), Cayucos (18 miles), the Pismo Dunes (28 miles) and world-famous Hearst Castle ( 45 miles).