The Copyright Librarian at Duke University Library has responsibility for supporting faculty and students across campus with questions and issues concerning all aspects of copyright in higher education instruction, research, and publishing. The underlying goal of this position is to help the campus community understand and navigate copyright and related legal systems so that they can more effectively teach, research, and disseminate their work to the world. It is grounded in Duke’s desire to make research and scholarship more open, equitable, and sustainable. The Copyright Librarian fills this role primarily by teaching the campus community about how copyright affects their work; by offering one-on-one and group consultations with faculty, students and other researchers and by creating resources such as webpage, videos, and other similar resources to help educate and answer questions.
- Collaboratively develop copyright education programs for faculty, students, and staff on copyright issues encountered in the creation and use of scholarly works, particularly in coordination with other ScholarWorks staff, subject librarians, and others who provide user instruction through the Duke University Libraries.
- Teach librarians and library staff on copyright law essentials and new developments so they are equipped to help users with copyright questions themselves.
- Teach workshops and seminars on copyright for faculty, students, and staff.
- Provides one-on-one consultations with faculty, students, and librarians on questions concerning use and reuse of copyrighted content in all formats.
- Coordinate with other library staff to route and resolve copyright questions from faculty and students
- Coordinates with Duke’s Counsel’s Office and refers, as appropriate, faculty and students to them when situations merit legal counsel.
Informational Guides and Resources
- Creates and maintains resources on copyright and related legal issues including in print materials, websites, LibGuides, and various social media outlets.
- Working with others across the library to incorporate relevant copyright education materials within other guides
- Consultation on a sporadic basis on other legal or other information policy questions from within the Duke University Libraries
- Contributes to the development, communication and overall strategy of ScholarWorks: a Center for Scholarly Publishing.
- Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate.
- Displays continuing growth in professional and subject knowledge and takes an active interest in the profession. Growth and interest should be demonstrated through continuing development of professional knowledge and abilities, membership and participation in professional organizations, and service to the library, University, or community in a professional capacity.
- Other duties as assigned
It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning, and a commitment to creating a culture of inclusion that values and respects diversity of perspective, background, and experience.
Preferred: MLS or equivalent advanced degree
- 3 years of experience working in or with an academic library or other academic setting
- Experience working with copyright, open access, publishing, and/or scholarly communications issues in academic libraries or cultural heritage institutions.
- A demonstrated, deep understanding of copyright law, contract law, open access, publishing, and/or scholarly communications issues in academic libraries or cultural heritage institutions.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate complex subjects and introduce them to a wide range of members of the campus community, from undergraduates to faculty across the disciplines.
- The ability to work well in a team setting, across increasingly hybrid work settings, to effectively accomplish our collective goals.
- Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with instruction, including public-speaking ability.
- Demonstrated analytical skills, creative and innovative problem-solving skills, time- and project-management skills, and a strong commitment to both internal and external service excellence.
- Ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships with library staff, faculty, students, and campus administrators.
- Demonstrated proficiency and capabilities with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, or other productivity software.
- Additional years of academic library experience.
- Legal practice experience, particularly in IP practice areas or in roles representing authors, publishers or non-profit institutions.
- Formal teaching experience, such as for-credit courses or similar.
- Normal office environment
- Occasional travel required
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position. This description is subject to change at any time.
Salary and Benefits
Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience; the anticipated range is $70,000-$100,000. Comprehensive benefits package includes 20 days vacation, 14 holidays, 12 days sick leave; health, dental, disability and life insurance and support for professional development and training.
Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.
Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. We recognize that the workplace only truly flourishes with an active presence of different backgrounds and unique abilities. We value the unseen perspective, the unheard voice, and the unnoticed ideas. We hope to give a platform of growth and connection, where employees can be free to produce new ways of thinking to promote inclusion and respect for all. Duke University Libraries encourages an environment where shared goals are reached by exceptional individuals.
Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.
Duke offers a comprehensive benefit package which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at: http://www.hr.duke.edu/benefits/index.php.
Cover letter, detailed resume and the names, addresses (mailing and e-mail), and telephone numbers of three references should be submitted to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/22135 . Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Applications which are missing any of the components listed above will not be reviewed.
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.