“The Information Services Directorate (ISD) wishes to appoint an Open Access Advocacy Librarian. It is intended that the Open Access Advocacy Librarian, assisted by an Open Access Senior Library Assistant, will engage in particular with RCUK-funded research-active academic staff in order to encourage them to reshape their publication habits, thus ensuring their compliance with the Gold/Author Pays Open Access objectives set by the Research Councils UK. The post holder will provide training, advice and support to units/departments based on a combination of practical and theoretical knowledge of the field of open access publishing and repository work. Thus, the role will involve financial responsibilities such as the management of RCUK and other Open Access funds but will also embrace responsibilities for managing and/or supporting staff within the relevant sections of the University Library, while working in liaison with the University’s Research and Knowledge Exchange Services to achieve full open access compliance.
The post holder will need to understand the full range of contemporary OA compliance environments, for example, being able to explain how RCUK and/or Wellcome Foundation compliance relates to other compliance regimes, including HEFCE’s separately articulated Open Access requirements. The Open Access Advocacy Librarian will take specific responsibility for training and supervising a Senior Library Assistant, while working closely with the Head of Acquisitions in the Library to ensure that Open Access procedures embed with existing Acquisitions workflows.”