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In 2012, the Association of Research Libraries reported that 95% of libraries identified their libraries as leaders of scholarly communication efforts on campus. While academic librarians have long been responsible for SC issues, institutions have explicitly tasked positions with these responsibilities increasingly over time. This qualitative analysis of position announcements focuses on the ways libraries expect these librarians to engage with SC issues and responsibilities, rather than describing the prevalence of SC-related functions. Specifically, this study asks the following questions: (1) How do administrators communicate leadership expectations of SC librarian roles through job advertisements? (2) In what ways could these leadership expectations be challenging or problematic for SC librarians in non-administrator positions? The dataset consists of job advertisements posted to ALA JobList and are predominantly from North American academic libraries. Prevalent themes in position announcements include leadership, development, and expertise. These themes are discussed in terms of the SC librarian as a boundary spanning role. Issues associated with identified themes in such boundary roles may manifest in poorly defined authority of non-administrator positions. Suggestions for institutions and potential further research are discussed.


Published version: Hackstadt, A., 2020. Leadership, Development, and Expertise: A Qualitative Content Analysis of Scholarly Communication Librarian Position Announcements. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 8(1), p.eP2376. DOI:

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