Digital Scholarship Librarian

Location
Pennsylvania, United States
Posted
13 Jan 2020
End of advertisement period
13 Mar 2020
Ref
JR00004674
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

Posted Job Title
Digital Scholarship Librarian

Job Profile Title
Librarian C

Job Description Summary

The Digital Scholarship Librarian is dedicated to expanding the capacity of faculty and students at Penn to engage with digital research methods, data, approaches, and projects. The person in this role will introduce and support these methods and tools and primarily serve as a bridge linking Penn faculty, students, and researchers with the Digital Scholarship Department, which supports a broad array of digital scholarly activities among the specializations, including textual and data analysis, virtual and augmented realities, research data management, data visualization, geographic information systems (GIS), and digital program start up and management.

Job Description

Penn Libraries has entered into a multi-year strategic plan that engenders an environment of innovation and experimentation that will lead scholarship into a digital future with a robust digital strategy. The Penn Libraries’ Digital Scholarship program aims to expand the capacity of researchers at Penn to create and share new kinds of scholarship by partnering in areas of research and data management, developing methods that support digital projects and experimenting with new technologies to advance scholarship.

The Digital Scholarship Librarian will join a collaborative team of colleagues in the Digital Scholarship Department and across the University as the Penn Libraries is dedicated to expanding the capacity of faculty and students at Penn to engage with digital research methods, data, approaches, and projects. The person in this role will introduce and support these methods and tools and primarily serve as a bridge linking Penn faculty, students, and researchers with the Digital Scholarship Department, which supports a broad array of digital scholarly activities among the specializations, including textual and data analysis, virtual and augmented realities, research data management, data visualization, geographic information systems (GIS), and digital program start up and management.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide training, workshops, and consultations for scholars and students pursuing digital scholarship approaches and computational methods, including archaeological data, object- and collection- based learning, mapping, data visualization and analysis, exhibition, and other methods
  • Provide operational management for digital scholarship in the Penn Libraries, including oversight of equipment, software, and affiliated student workers
  • Support object-based and web-based methods of scholarship across the University’s 12 schools, centers, and labs
  • Assist researchers in leveraging library collections and data
  • Collaborate and provide project support for faculty and mentor student digital projects
  • Recruit, hire, and supervise an interdisciplinary team of students to carry out projects described above
  • Consult with library colleagues to expand the capacity of scholars to engage in these new methods
  • Ratchet up community awareness of the library’s support for digital scholarship by conducting original research for publication and presentation and hosting events relating to new forms of scholarly communication and research

Required:

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree
  • Familiarity with Digital Scholarship tools and their uses, limitations and affordances, as well as facility for teaching these tools
  • At least three years of professional experience in a relevant setting

Preferred:

  • Programming expertise, especially in Python as well as front-end web development and web mapping

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Department / School
University Library

Pay Range
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00

Affirmative Action Statement

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements

Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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