Next Generation Library Publishing. Improving the publishing pathways and choices available to authors, editors, and readers by strengthening, integrating, and scaling up scholarly publishing infrastructures.


NGLP Technical Product Manager (Contractor)

Background

In the Next Generation Library Publishing (NGLP) project (Arcadia, 2019-2022), we seek to improve the publishing pathways and choices available to authors, editors, and readers. Educopia, California Digital Library (CDL), and Stratos, in partnership with LYRASIS, COAR, and Longleaf Services, are working to advance and integrate open source publishing infrastructure to provide robust support for library publishing. 

Library publishing is a burgeoning area of practice in academic libraries. This institution-based publishing model aligns with core academic values and actively seeks to broaden the open dissemination of knowledge, through traditional publications like journals and monographs and more informal and experimental forms of scholarly communication.

To fully realize these goals, library publishers need: 1) better integrations of the open source tools and services upon which they rely, and 2) stronger open source tools for web delivery, content management, and reporting. The Next Generation Library Publishing project (NGLP) is building open source, community-led infrastructure and services that will assist with these shared needs and broaden the options available both for local and hosted solutions.

Description of Technical Consulting Services

NGLP is commissioning the build of several technical components to assist in web delivery and discoverability, content collection management, and administrative functions for managing and reporting on publication activities across multiple platforms. NGLP will also be commissioning projects to increase interoperability between leading open source platforms.  

To assist NGLP in these projects, we seek a Technical Product Manager who will gather and document requirements from key stakeholders and oversee the work of the selected software development partner, operating as product owner throughout the development process to launch minimum viable products.. 

This contractor position requires up to a full-time commitment for six months (2020-2021), starting as soon as possible, with the option to renew.  The position is remote with compensation dependent upon experience.

Stratos will oversee work of the Technical Product Manager, with Kristen Ratan serving as the main point of direction for this position

Responsibilities will include:

  • Facilitating requirements gathering from key stakeholders for each product component
  • Documenting requirements and use cases, as well as writing user stories
  • Assisting in selection of software development partners
  • Participating as product owner in agile development including product design, iterative development, user testing, software testing, and launch activities
  • Reporting to NGLP leadership and partners on progress
  • Engaging stakeholder communities for input at key milestones
  • In collaboration with the NGLP team, creating and scoping the product roadmap
  • Working with the product development team to ensure that development processes align with the product roadmap

The candidate should have the following experience and skills:

  • Product management experience, particularly on more technical side
  • Experience with agile software development processes
  • Experience with RFPs and vendor selection
  • Some knowledge of the scholarly communications technology landscape
  • Some experience with open source software development
  • Some experience managing projects with minimal supervision
  • Solid writing and oral communication skills

Proposal Components

Proposals should be emailed to David Pcolar, NGLP Project Manager (david.pcolar@ucop.edu), and should include:

  • a current CV or resume
  • a brief letter of interest
  • a schedule of availability
  • names and contact information for two references with whom you have worked in a similar capacity

Respondents are encouraged to provide other information that will help the project team understand their capabilities. This may include specific descriptions of past assignments or samples of similar work that they have undertaken.

Timeline

The project team will begin reviewing proposals on September 15, and will continue to review on a rolling basis until an applicant is selected.

Questions

Any questions or requests for additional information should be submitted to David Pcolar (NGLP Project manager, david.pcolar@ucop.edu), by or before September 4; these will be answered by September 9.

Educopia Institute is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcomes all qualified applicants. Applicants will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to race, sex, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status.