Open Scholarship Graduate Assistant

Application deadline:  January 10, 2022


Open Scholarship Graduate Assistant

Department: University Libraries
Supervisor: Sara Scheib, Director of Scholarly Impact
Hrs/week: 20 hrs/week (remote work permitted) – Spring 2022


The University Libraries is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work on open scholarship initiatives in the Scholarly Impact unit. The Scholarly Impact unit is committed to increasing public access to information and to the advancement of knowledge. We work with campus stakeholders like the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of the Provost, and ITS Research Services to develop infrastructure and personalized, responsive services in support of open scholarship.

Job Description: The Scholarly Impact unit is seeking a graduate assistant to help develop and implement a communication plan to build a campus-level community of practice on open scholarship. The graduate assistant will work with the unit director to engage with faculty and other stakeholders to build awareness of open scholarship services and support available on campus, identify any gaps in services and infrastructure, and identify key allies and advocates to develop a grassroots campaign for incentivizing open scholarship. Specifically, the graduate assistant will develop targeted messaging delivered through websites/subject guides, social media, and email marketing and assist faculty to deposit open content in Iowa Research Online.

Primary tasks will include:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a long-term communication plan.
  • Review, curate, and approve content deposited in Iowa Research Online.
  • Manage web (websites, guides, blogs) content development, delivery, and promotion.
  • Create open scholarship posts for the Libraries’ social media accounts and email messaging.

Other tasks:

  • Collaborate with director to create reports describing current open scholarship awareness and adoption.
  • Collaborate with director to assess the effectiveness of the communication plan.


Required Qualifications:

  • Current graduate student at the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with web content management systems (WordPress, LibGuides, etc.)
  • Professional (not personal) experience with social media applications


Interested applicants should send a CV and letter of interest to Sara Scheib ( by January 10, 2022.