This job just got posted to the Duke Library Jobs page:
Scholarly Communication Officer (Term Appointment)
The Scholarly Communication Officer will coordinate scholarly communication activities for Duke University by providing leadership and educating the university community about intellectual property issues and their impact on the nature and conduct of scholarly inquiry and instruction.
Required: ALA-accredited MLS or J.D. or equivalent combination of relevant academic preparation and experience.
It’s interesting to me that the Duke library has decided that they need a full-time person to handle these issues — and importantly, that this person should be a JD. Copyright, IP, & scholarly communication are so complex that probably more academic libraries need positions like this, though this is the first job like this that I’m aware of. And now that Blackboard and WebCT are merging, and the Copyright Clearance Center is rolling out Blackboard functionality to enable faculty to pay for copyrighted materials, well, as Paul so eloquently put it, there is no escape and you will pay. Education for the university community on this is long overdue.
Wow…this is an amazingly cool position. Almost enough to tempt me to apply, even though I’m sure there will be many, many more qualified than I. But I agree…it’s telling that Duke feels it needs this position.