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Copyright Specialist, The University of Michigan Library - Copyright Office (apply by Dec. 3)

  • 1.  Copyright Specialist, The University of Michigan Library - Copyright Office (apply by Dec. 3)

    Posted Nov 06, 2017 09:47 AM

    Copyright Specialist


    How to Apply

    A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

    Job Summary

    The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant University community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

    The library seeks a service-oriented, highly organized, and innovative individual for the position of Copyright Specialist. Reporting to the Lead Copyright Officer, the successful candidate will work in service of the library Copyright Office’sstrategic goals. The office provides excellent educational resources, including written materials as well as workshops and presentations, to the university community. It also provides reliable, timely, and helpful feedback on the copyright-related aspects of library work, as well as quick and accurate answers to copyright questions from members of the university community. The office advocates for meaningful change to copyright law and public policy so that it advances, rather than impedes, the mission of the university and other research and teaching institutions. Finally, the office works to increase its efficacy through administrative organization, attention to the needs of its constituencies, and deliberate planning for its development. The Copyright Office does not provide legal advice.

    The University of Michigan Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work. The Copyright Office’s work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.


    • Write extensive material for a wide range of purposes, including copyright-related information tools, templates and guides, project and collection memos, and correspondence with individuals.

    • Develop and present educational workshops on topics including copyright basics, fair use, negotiating publishing contracts, Creative Commons licenses, and copyright and course websites.

    • Coordinate, execute, and assess outreach efforts designed to engage the University of Michigan community and the public on copyright-related issues.

    • Provide copyright-related information to the university community through online resources, e-mail, and consultations both in-person and online.

    • Partner with library colleagues and the U-M Office of General Counsel to provide support for the library’s copyright-related projects and collections.

    • Manage, refine, and create new content for the Copyright Office website and its research guides.

    • Recruit, hire, and manage intern assignments as well as develop opportunities for students interested in working with the Copyright Office.  

    • Respond to notices of inquiry and similar requests for public comment from the United States Copyright Office.

    Required Qualifications*

    • ALA-accredited master's degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.

    • Demonstrated knowledge of and interest in copyright.

    • Excellent writing skills.

      • Note: Writing samples may be requested at a later stage.

    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills.

    • Ability to work collaboratively in a team environment with a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students.

    • Demonstrated organizational skills.

    • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in background, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment.

    Desired Qualifications*

    • A juris doctor degree and/or a similarly relevant advanced degree.

    • Practical, applied and relevant experience working with copyright.

    • Experience with legal and policy matters in the context of libraries or related cultural institutions (such as museums and archives).

    Additional Information

    Benefits, rank, salary

    Appointment is anticipated at the Associate Librarian rank. Salary and rank will be dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.

    The target salary range for this position is $57,000 - $64,000 at the Associate rank. The actual salary offered may be based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

    The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

    This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

    Application Deadline

    Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

    U-M EEO/AA Statement

    The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.