*Visiting Digital Publishing Specialist*
*University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign*
*Position Available*: The expected start date is as soon as possible after
the closing date. This is a 100%, 3-Year Visiting Academic Professional
appointment, with the potential of becoming permanent.
*Responsibilities: *The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign seeks an
innovative and motivated professional to serve in the position of Visiting
Digital Publishing Specialist. Reporting to the Head of Scholarly
Communications and Publishing, the Digital Publishing Specialist will
provide the Library’s Scholarly Communications and Publishing Unit with
project management and production workflow support as part of the Library’s
effort to offer high quality, open access publishing services to the
Urbana-Champaign campus and beyond. The Specialist will also participate in
the Andrew W. Mellon-funded “Publishing Without Walls” initiative (
This position performs document modelling and text-structure cleanup
processes along with administering the day-to-day coordination and
completion of digital publishing projects. The incumbent will interact with
other members of the Scholarly Communication and Publishing team, Library
IT, and the Scholarly Communication and Repository Services team, and will,
in collaboration with the unit head and the research programmer,
troubleshoot and streamline digital publishing production workflows. She or
he will also assist in developing new publishing projects.
As a member of the Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit, the Digital
Publishing Specialist will join the broader Library Office of Research, a
highly collaborative program that also includes the Scholarly Commons (
the Research Data Service unit, and a growing researcher metrics program.
Specific Responsibilities Include:
● Assisting in the definition of project scope and objectives,
involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility.
● Communicating with publishing partners regarding content and
features of online publications.
● Establishing and managing internal communications for the launch of
new digital publications.
● Evaluating feasibility of emerging formats and workflows for digital
publishing to guide integration into the library’s evolving scholarly
● Creating and documenting procedures for preparing and loading
content into digital publishing platforms, including conversion of
draft-format publications into final format, to ensure consistent practice
across unit and library.
● Converting and preparing materials for online publication, including
creation of metadata, formatting of text documents, and running scripts to
convert from PDF, InDesign, or Microsoft Word format (among others).
● Proofreading for obvious structural, grammatical, or stylistic
● Editing and creating simple web sites for publications using HTML
and CSS templates.
● Assisting in educating authors about the publishing process.
● Other related duties, as assigned.
Academic Professional employees are encouraged to use “investigation time”
to pursue areas of interest, not directly in support of an immediate
program need, in accordance with the University Library’s policy on
Investigation Time for Academic Professional Employees <
Some investigations originating in this manner may evolve into regular work
assignments or production activities.
*Environment*: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
Library is a leader in the delivery of user services, and active programs
in information, instructional, access, and scholarly services that help the
Library to maintain its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The
Library also holds one of the preeminent research collections in the world,
encompassing more than 13 million volumes and a total of more than 23
million items. The Library is committed to maintaining the strongest
collections and service programs possible, and to engaging in research,
development, and scholarly practice - all of which support the University's
missions of teaching, research, and public engagement. The Library employs
approximately 90 faculty members, and more than 300 academic professionals,
staff, and graduate assistants. For more information, see:
The Scholarly Communication and Publishing Unit synthesizes a wide range of
expertise in both traditional and non-traditional areas of library practice
associated with every aspect of the scholarly communication cycle,
including consultations in the preparation of scholarly articles and other
outputs, consultations related to intellectual property and copyright,
digital archiving of intermediate-stage scholarly work, compliance with
Open Access mandates and policies, and establishment and maintenance of new
publishing platforms and publication workflow processes for direct Open
Access publishing of final-stage scholarship.
● Bachelor’s degree
● Strong computer literacy skills in desktop word processing and
database applications (e.g., MySQL)
● Demonstration of strong organizational skills and attention to detail
● Experience with creating and maintaining documentation
● Experience managing projects, prioritizing among multiple projects,
and meeting deadlines
● Familiarity with content management systems (e.g., WordPress,
● Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams and with users
● Strong ability and desire to learn new technologies
● Experience with markup languages, document modelling, and/or
establishing data conversion and cleanup workflows
● Service orientation toward helping others use technology to
accomplish their work
● Strong written communication skills and an ability to explain
technical information to a non-technical audience
● Familiarity with InDesign or other typesetting software
● Familiarity with the publication process or digital libraries
*Salary and Rank*: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience
*Terms of Appointment:* Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days;
11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an
additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each
year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee
(with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required
participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual
salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several
options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired
employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are
subject to its deduction.
*Campus and Community*: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a
comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research
University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered
in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150
fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides
public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty
members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and
professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide
recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about
the campus is available at www.illinois.edu. The University is located in
the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population
of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles
west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and
its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment
ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more
information about the community, visit:
*To Apply*: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate
profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest,
resume, contact information including email addresses for three
professional references. Applications not submitted through this website
will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.
*Deadline*: In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to
submit application materials on or before April 4, 2016.
*The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job
candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.*
*Illinois is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes
individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and ideas who embrace
and value diversity and inclusivity. **www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu*