The Libraries at the Five Colleges of Ohio invite applications for the position of Mellon Digital Scholar. The Digital Scholar will support the Ohio Five Libraries’ transition to digital scholarship and continue the process of integrating digital collections into the curriculum and faculty research agendas. Funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the position is a full-time, three-year, limited term appointment reporting to the grant’s Program Director.
The successful candidate will:
- Foster the conceptualization, design, development, and assessment of scholarly digital projects;
- Serve as a liaison to faculty, educating them about the wide range of options offered by the libraries and collaborating with them on the use of digital collections and projects in the curriculum;
- Train and coordinate training opportunities for library staff to increase their understanding and awareness of the emerging field of digital scholarship;
- Engage faculty and students, as appropriate, in collaborative scholarship and the creation of knowledge using digital collections and emerging analytical tools;
- Analyze digital collections, data, or research processes;
- Advance collaboration with other liberal arts digital scholarship work, including efforts to expand undergraduate research presentation opportunities at venues such as Re: Humanities;
- Work closely with consortial library committees in carrying out the goals of the grant;
- Be based at one of the Ohio Five colleges, but travel to consortial sites, ensuring that all five campuses receive the support they need and facilitating steady progress at each; and
- Perform other duties as required.
The successful candidate must hold a graduate degree in a liberal arts discipline. We seek applicants who will bring both a demonstrated effectiveness in a training or teaching environment and a sophisticated understanding of digital projects, metadata standards, digital publishing, and scholarly communications. Familiarity with digital repositories. Conversant with a variety of digital methodologies, such as text-mining, geographic information systems, data visualization, or other modes of digital scholarship. Experience creating effective digital projects and a history of successful experiences working with students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds and with various levels of technical expertise. Exceptional interpersonal, organizational, presentation, project management, and communication skills. Ability to work effectively across disciplines and with a variety of project stakeholders.
Additional MLS (MLIS) from an ALA- accredited program, Ph.D. in a liberal arts discipline, or a computer science/informatics advanced degree. Active involvement in academic communities related to digital scholarship, like CLIR or NITLE. Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis tools; data visualization tools and methods; relational databases; server-side web-development; the digital humanities; or UNIX/Linux. Familiarity with programming languages, such as Java, Perl, or PHP. Experience with text processing, including XML, XSL, and/or XSLT. Relevant experience working in libraries or higher education.
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