July 1-December 31, 2020 | Remote Position
Libraria is a collective of researchers based in the social sciences who seek to bring about a more open, diverse, community-controlled scholarly communication system. We invite applications for a part-time project coordinator to assess the needs of, and identify opportunities for cooperation among, small, scholar-led publications in anthropology and adjacent fields. The remote position is suitable for applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, but may especially appeal to those with a background in scholarly publishing and communication.
The ongoing effort to transition established publishers’ paywalled journals to open access has garnered outsized attention. Meanwhile, however, a cohort of small, independent journals and other publications, many of which are already open access, risk being overlooked. These publications are not only edited but also published by scholars, with modest and precarious budgets and a minimum of professional support, not infrequently as a “labor of love.”
Libraria regards these often resolutely experimental publications as a vital part of the publishing ecology in the disciplines we represent. At the same time, we recognize issues of duplication of effort and burnout, as well as uneven adoption of publishing best practices, that may hinder their impact. Preliminary conversations have suggested that these publications are open to exploring new forms of cooperation, but resist purely technocratic proposals that would standardize their processes or outputs. Thus, Libraria hopes to catalyze a values-driven conversation about knowledge sharing and collaboration among these publications, which acknowledges the tradeoffs of institutionalization and explores practical solutions. We seek a part-time project coordinator to work with the project team to identify and gather input from these publications, setting the stage for a broader cooperative venture.
- Compile a list of relevant publications with URLs, current contacts, and other basic information
- Work with the project team to define qualitative and quantitative inputs to request from publication contacts
- Approach publication contacts on behalf of the project, conducting audio/video interviews with them and facilitating the completion of a written questionnaire
- Summarize and analyze these inputs in written formats that can be shared with publication contacts as well as external stakeholders
- Participate in ongoing discussions with peer initiatives and prospective partner organizations, to be initiated by the project team
Required qualifications and skills
- Understanding of scholarly publishing and research communication;
- Research skills in identifying and locating scholarly publications;
- Excellent English-language communication skills, including experience conducting semi-structured interviews;
- Ability to analyze and synthesize research findings;
- Skills in preparing and writing reports for multiple audiences.
Experience and skills that would be an asset
- Experience working with scholarly publications in any capacity;
- Financial analysis of nonprofits and other organizations;
- Communication skills in languages other than English.
Rate of pay
$40-50/hr (USD) based on experience and qualifications. Appointment for up to 80 hours per month for 6 months, with the work to be carried out between July 1 and December 31, 2020. (Appointment as contract employee will be through Simon Fraser University Libraries.)
Applicants should send a pitch email (akin to a cover letter, but less formal) to Marcel LaFlamme <email@example.com> outlining why they should be selected, along with a CV and a list of 2-3 references with contact information. Please put “Libraria Project Coordinator” in the subject line.
Applications will be reviewed as they come in, but should be received by June 15, 2020 for full consideration. We plan to conduct video interviews with short-listed applicants by the end of June.