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Electronic Publishing Librarian
Scholarly Publishing Office

The Scholarly Publication Office (SPO) is seeking an Electronic Publishing Librarian to participate in the development of online access and management systems for contemporary scholarly publication. The services of SPO are part of the Library’s service to the University, and are developed in keeping with the Library’s concern about issues of intellectual property, long-term retention and archiving, and its support of scholarship in all forms. SPO is currently responsible for the online publication of several journals, for the ACLS History E-book project, and numerous other publications. SPO works closely with librarians and technical staff within the Library as well as faculty from across the campus and at other academic institutions.

The Electronic Publishing Librarian will be responsible for several areas of support in the Scholarly Publishing Office. First, the person in this position will work with the SPO Electronic Publication Coordinator on both content and data preparation for online publications. The Librarian will also work with the SPO programmer in putting publications online using existing library information retrieval mechanisms and will regularly update ongoing online publications.

• Convert and prepare materials for online publication; collaborate with the Electronic Publication Coordinator and the SPO programmer on developing tools and methods for managing this preparation process. Process materials through some or all stages of production including editing, proofreading, formatting, and converting to and from various formats including PDF, HTML, XML, ASCII, and word processed text. Extract and format text from various formats including PDF, tables, and Word files. Coordinate & assist in the preparation of specifications for production (40%)
• Assist the SPO Programmer and Encoding Specialist in the online implementation and maintenance of SPO publications. (30%)
• Track/obtain permissions agreements; maintain files; create and update reports and schedules; manage workflow and documentation regarding content preparation and production. (30%)

REQUIRED: ALA accredited MLS or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and experience. Experience in creating and editing documents using HTML. Experience in working with information resources, document analysis, and implementing resources on the WWW. Familiarity with UNIX, Perl, CGI, and database applications. Ability to prioritize and handle multiple projects.Ability to organize workflow. Ability to work comfortably and effectively with a distributed development/implementation team and in a diverse work environment.Excellent analytical skills, and oral/written communication skills.

DESIRED: Demonstrated experience with SGML/XML, UNIX, Perl, CGI, PHP and database applications; familiarity with the publication process or digital libraries.

RANK, SALARY & LEAVE: Rank is anticipated at either Assistant or Associate Librarian. Final rank and salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Professional positions receive 24 working days of vacation a year; 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits

RETIREMENT: TIAA-CREF or Fidelity Investments

TO APPLY: Send cover letter & copy of resume to: Diane Wyatt, Library Human Resources; 404 Hatcher Graduate Library North; University of Michigan; Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205. (Contact 734 764-2546 for further information.)

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Applications received by 10/24/03 will be given first consideration.

The University of Michigan is a non-discriminatory, affirmative action employer.