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Copyright & Scholarly Communications Intern

Under the direction of the Director of Copyright & Scholarly Communication, conducts research related to text recycling (often referred to as “self-plagiarism”) in scientific writing. Collects and analyzes case law and a corpus of publisher contracts to better understand the rights of publishers and authors regarding text recycling and to assess their legal validity.
  • Collects a corpus of publisher-author contracts for a representative sample of scientific publishers;
  • Codes and describes contracts for analysis;
  • Collaborates in preliminary analysis of corpus;
  • Conducts research into case law on the interaction between copyright law, publishing contracts, and text recycling;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Supervisory Responsibilities
·         None
It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.  
Required: BA/BS and current enrollment in an MLS or MIS program accredited by the American Library Association OR enrolled in JD program accredited by the American Bar Association OR enrolled in other relevant accredited graduate program.
Required: Strong analytical, organizational, research and writing skills; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a team; accurate and detail-oriented.
Preferred: Interest in copyright and/or academic publishing; legal research experience.
Working Conditions
  • Normal office environment
  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.
Hiring Rate
$16.50 per hour. The position is not eligible for University fringe benefits or moving, housing, or relocation expenses.
This internship is a temporary, part-time position available for 10 hours per week for the academic year. Hours are flexible within a M-F, 8:30-5:00 work week, but assistants are expected to set and maintain a consistent schedule.
Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university’s intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Lilly, and Music and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort.  Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.
Duke’s hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references should be submitted at: https://hr.duke.edu/careers/apply.  Refer to requisition # 401353737.