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Open Publishing Editorial Assistant

University Park, PA, United States

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Oct 26, 2020

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**MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Libraries invite applications for the position of the Open Publishing Editorial Assistant in the Research Informatics and Publishing department. This part-time position will report to the Open Publishing Program Coordinator and serve as a member of the Open Publishing Program unit.
This position will be responsible for production support for open access journals, including copyediting and typesetting services. The position will also assist with content accessibility within Open Publishing for all content types and will support the Open Publishing Program through various additional production support tasks. Production work is done using primarily Microsoft Office and Adobe software to support publications on a variety of open source platforms and software (Open Journal Systems (OJS) and Drupal, primarily), in order to publish open access scholarly journals, monographs, bibliographies, and other digital publications.
Specific tasks will include copyediting both article and website content, creation and editing of layout templates for journal publications, some basic web design work and customization using HTML/CSS, and assisting with PDF and web accessibility for all Open Publishing content.
The Research Informatics and Publishing Department is a new, collaborative and innovative unit within the Penn State University Libraries. This department enhances the technology-driven teaching and research capacity of the Penn State community. **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University's strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online.
Required competencies will include:
Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word and Excel) and Adobe CS (especially Acrobat Pro and InDesign) for creating basic document templates.
Ability to work both on projects independently and in small results-oriented teams, and to meet deadlines.
Proven record of strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
Sound judgment and decision-making skills.
Written and verbal communication skills consistent with an academic professional.
Preferred skills and abilities will include:
Bachelor's degree in Information Science, Communications, or Art/Humanities or other appropriate field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Knowledge of document and web accessibility best practices.
Experience with copyediting. Familiarity with the scholarly publishing process.
Understanding of html/xml/css, and relational databases.
Familiarity with content management systems, publishing platforms, and/or open source software such as OJS and Drupal.
The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting ****For additional information about the Libraries' diversity efforts, please visit ****

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