This is a post in a series for linguists about how to read library-related job postings. I link to a job posting, copy the text, and annotate my comments in [blue brackets]. Please note that I am not a representative of this employer and that my analysis of their job posting may not reflect the employer’s precise thoughts on the job. This is for illustration only to show how I, as a potential job seeker, would view a posting like this and apply my knowledge and experience to the description and requirements.
Contributes to the innovative and collaborative environment of the Purdue University Libraries (2015 ACRL Excellence in University Libraries Award Winner). Has a passion for Scholarly Communications [that is, disseminating and sharing the products of scholarly research] and keeps abreast of the latest trends and best practices, especially in Open Access [making scholarship free to read and use, usually against the wishes of major publishers]. Contributes significantly to the success of colleagues and projects in Scholarly Publishing and Purdue University Press. Advocates for Open Access and Open Publishing at Purdue [spreads the word about the programs and shows how the program benefits various stakeholders at the university]. Engages with faculty to explore best solutions for digital publication and preservation of all their work [helps faculty organize and save their stuff], leveraging evolving technologies for increasing global access to and discovery of Purdue research and scholarship [nerds out about new technologies and resources for sharing scholarship in lots of different outlets]. Imagines new opportunities for digital humanities, altmetrics [‘alternative metrics’ which show a work’s impact beyond the traditional measures of citation counts], and digital publishing to increase the impact of scholarship. Promotes a comprehensive view of the Libraries’ scholarly communications and publishing resources, for researchers on campus [tells people about all of the opportunities available to them through the library]. Collaborates with other areas of excellence in the Libraries (e.g., data management, digital humanities, and disciplinary liaisons) [you will bring your knowledge and expertise in academic publishing to different kinds of librarians who do different kinds of work]. Serves as a primary contact [person who can translate library services to academic needs] within Scholarly Publishing Services, for faculty, users, disciplinary liaisons, and technology partners (i.e., vendors) [you’ll be trying to figure out how academics can make use of new software tools that the library wants to get for them]. Coordinates and monitors the development and use of Purdue e-Pubs, Purdue’s institutional text repository [this is an institutional archive, or repository, where the research products of Purdue scholars are stored and shared; sometimes these are opt-in and sometimes they are automatic. this is something to ask more about]. Advances the understanding of, access to, and synergies with data and archival repositories [you’ll need to know where scholars can put their data and store their papers, and understand the mistakes they make when doing this] as well as all Scholarly Publishing Services, Purdue University Press, University Copyright Office and other units in the Purdue Libraries [you’ll get to talk to other librarians and units across the campus, get to know what they do, and involve them when appropriate].
Additional Information: [Much of this will be explained to you if offered the job.]