Library Digital Publishing Fellow  

The Robert E. Kennedy Library is embarking on a Digital Publishing project to investigate non-traditional methods to publish scholarship and is seeking an enterprising masters-level professional who brings a passion for vibrant publishing methodologies and emerging platforms. The Library Digital Publishing Fellow will assist with this project to explore the intersection between Cal Poly scholarship and non-traditional publishing methods. The successful Fellow will demonstrate excellent communication, project management skills, and the ability to multitask in a creative and innovative environment.

Under general direction of the Exhibits and Campus Art Curator, the Library Digital Publishing 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’s exhibition, scholarship, research, and educational activities. The project’s expected outcomes include development of best practices, prototyping digital catalogs, and program recommendations for publishing digital projects.

Housed in the Academic Services department, the Creative Works program rethinks access to scholarship by transforming the immersive on-site exhibits generated by faculty and students and re-imagines them into a digital exhibit catalog format. The Digital Publishing Project aims to raise the visibility and enhance access to Cal Poly scholarship by transposing the immersive on-site exhibits generated by faculty and students into a digital representation, such as a digital exhibit catalog. Digital publishing opens new access points for exhibit catalogs, and presents a responsive publishing alternative which makes the research of exhibit scholars (typically faculty and students) available to a wider and diverse online audience. By creating a non-traditional 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.

The library’s fellow position is designed to facilitate and launch new initiatives and collaborations; and includes opportunities for presentations and workshop development.

Required qualifications

  • Masters level degree such as ALA-accredited MLS, or comparable experience with relevant advanced degree. Official certified transcripts of highest degree will be required of finalist(s).
  • Up to one year or equivalent of work experience in a library, archive, museum, or in publishing.
  • Familiarity with a variety of digital publishing concepts, practices, and procedures.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Proofreading skills and familiarity with the editing and production of publications.
  • Ability to research, develop and communicate a strong vision of the library’s role in contemporary and emerging scholarly communications and alternative publishing models.
  • Ability to develop partnerships across campus; and provide presentations and/or workshop development related to pilot project goals

Preferred qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in project management.

How to apply

Complete a required online faculty application at WWW.CALPOLYJOBS.ORG and submit to Requisition #105184. Attach the following required documents to your online application after submission:

  • resume/CV
  • A cover letter specifically addressing qualifications for the position,
  • unofficial transcripts of terminal degree
  • Three current letters of recommendation and official certified transcripts will be required of finalist(s).

Please be prepared to provide the name and email address of three references.
Official certified transcripts will be required of finalist(s). Review Begin Date: April 2, 2019, 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; Information Resources and Resource Sharing; Library Information Technology; Library Operations 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).