Open Access Collection Strategist

University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Posted 60+ days ago
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The University of California, Santa Barbara, is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the Association of American Universities. The University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the Association of Research Libraries.

Individually and collectively, the University of California (UC) Libraries provide access to the world's knowledge for the UC campuses and the communities they serve, supporting UC's missions of teaching, research, and public service. The University of California has a deep commitment to its leadership role in the transformation of scholarly communications toward greater openness in the dissemination of scholarship. A major initiative is working to collaboratively transform scholarly publishing and communication, as described in the 2018 Pathways to Open Access strategic roadmap. In partnership with the UC Academic Senate, the libraries are utilizing system-wide journal contract renewals to negotiate and implement transformative open access agreements with scholarly journal publishers. UC's transformative agreements at present cover up to 30 % of UC publications, with a goal of rapid progress through additional agreements.

The UC open access (OA) policies reserve rights for UC faculty and other employees to make their articles freely available to the public in an open access repository. eScholarship offers a robust scholarly publishing platform that enables departments, research units, publishing programs, and individual scholars associated with the University of California to have direct control over the creation and dissemination of the full range of their scholarship. With a very dynamic and innovative UC Libraries community of scholarly communication librarians, UC is actively leading the broader conversation in North America around transforming the current publishing model toward open scholarship.

The Library of the University of California, Santa Barbara, seeks an innovative, forward-looking, service-oriented, and collaborative professional for an exciting opportunity to serve as Open Access Collection Strategist. Reporting to the Director of the Collection Strategies Department, the position will be one of a team of three Collection Strategists, three Area Studies librarians, and an Analytics Coordinator. The mission of the Collection Strategies Department is to define and implement strategic approaches that effectively steward the library's investment in research collections and scholarly content and to increase the impact and reach of the UCSB's scholarship by actively supporting, innovating, and advancing open and sustainable models for knowledge generation, dissemination, and publishing. The Collection Strategist will work collaboratively and closely with other Library departments, and with campus faculty and students in a highly interdisciplinary research community renowned for its academic excellence and global impact.

The University of California Libraries are recognized nationally and internationally as a leader in advancing Open Access and are well on the way to integrating its open values into collection strategies. As part of the Collection Strategies Department, the incumbent will have the opportunity to contribute to the reshaping of the Library's strategic approach to open scholarship and to cultivate a culture of assessment for a broader concept of library content that responds to developments in the rapidly evolving Open Access landscape.

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service. This position is eligible for a flexible work arrangement including a combination of onsite and remote work.


Under the direction of the Director of Collection Strategies, the Open Access Collection Strategist:

Evaluates opportunities and makes recommendations for redirecting the Library's investment in collections to resources with the greatest potential for transforming the system of scholarly communication toward open dissemination of research.

Participates in the implementation of innovative models and approaches to collections and content that effectively stewards the Library's investment in open access collections. Manages the UCSB Open Access (OA) Publishing Fund.

Monitors publisher- and vendor-provided information and data to identify open access-related trends and patterns.

Implements the Library's scholarly communication program in collaboration with the Scholarly Communication and Open Access Standing Committee (SCOASC), including outreach, programming, and communication strategy related to monitoring and building awareness of the changes occurring in academic publishing to foster free and open access to research.

Participates in UCSB campus outreach activities and informational campaigns to raise awareness of UCSB local open access initiatives and UC-system-wide open access transformative agreements.

Leads implementation of an education program for selectors and liaisons on issues of scholarly communication. Advises on how librarians in all subject areas can educate and communicate with their constituencies around specific open access initiatives and publisher agreements.

Collaborates on developing an education program for faculty and students regarding scholarly communications issues in a digital academic environment, including open access initiatives, alternative publishing models, and author rights.

Gathers input from UCSB faculty and students regarding workflow and implementation of open access initiatives, including UC system-wide agreements. Advocates for UCSB author participation in open access publishing initiatives and transformative agreements.

Serves as the main UCSB point of contact for eScholarship related questions.

Collaborates on the implementation of the UC Open Access Policies at UCSB.

Works with faculty and subject librarians to promote open publishing options through eScholarship, ORCID, and Dryad.

Serves as Collection Strategist for specific collecting area(s) of UCSB general research collections, as assigned.

Consults with subject librarians on collection development and management decisions.

Collaborates on evidence-based collections and content acquisition, management, and assessment across formats and delivery platforms.

Participates in developing methodologies that promote best practices in making informed collection development and management decisions and conducts regular content use reviews.

Stays informed of national and international trends and developments in scholarly communication, including commercial and academic/research scholarly publishing, and information technologies that affect access and preservation of scholarly information.

Represents UCSB on system-wide committees and ad-hoc groups related to collections initiatives. Participates in professional development activities as appropriate to meet both personal needs as well as departmental goals and objectives.


Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Salary information can be found at Librarians at the University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month. The University has excellent retirement plans and a selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Benefits information can be found at

The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the American Federation of Teachers. Additional information can be found at

Appointment or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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