Connecting information professionals across upstate New York.

Categorized | Careers

Digital Humanities Librarian: University of Rochester

TITLE: Library Professional II (exempt)
FUNCTIONAL JOB TITLE: Digital Humanities Librarian
SUPERVISOR: Assistant Dean of Information Technology, Research & Digital Scholarship
TIME STATUS: Full-time

The River Campus Libraries (RCL) seeks an innovative and creative librarian to join the Digital Humanities (DH) Center team, a highly collaborative and innovative unit that supports faculty research and teaching across the humanities disciplines in the University of Rochester’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of contemporary digital humanities scholarship, and have experience with one or more DH methodologies, i.e. text analysis, mining, and/or scholarly encoding, data visualization, social network analysis, 3-D game development, or digital archives. They will also have experience teaching and/or collaborating with faculty members in the design of digital humanities courses and curriculum, creating and managing digital projects, and engaging in faculty research that extends scholarship into the digital space. Reporting to the Assistant Dean for IT, Research, and Digital Scholarship, the DH librarian will have a history of creating strong collaborative relationships with students, graduate students, IT stakeholders, library staff members, and faculty. Working in the Digital Humanities Center requires the ability to manage working on both fast paced, highly experimental, and short-lived projects, as well as long-term, large scale projects that span several years. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral, good problem solving skills, and the ability to manage ambiguity are essential.

Faculty Support for DH Teaching and Learning- 30%

  •  Consult with faculty members from the College of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering to develop digital projects to support the humanities curriculum
  • Participate in planning activities for workshops, classes, and humanities labs
  • Teach humanities labs when appropriate; involve other DHC team members as needed to support the full spectrum of DH methodologies
  • Contribute to long-term projects with complimentary course components, including the Seward Family Papers Project, Re-Envisioning Japan, Introduction to Modern Architecture, and the Poetics of Television
  • Collaborate with subject librarians to extend digital competencies across the curriculum
  • Collaborate with stakeholders across the university engaged in experiential learning initiatives, notably the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Design and/or implement technological frameworks to support student projects, for example, but not limited to: website design platforms for digital curation and description such as Omeka; data modeling and collection for visualization or text analysis; or web-based tools for social reading, writing, or annotation.

Faculty Support for Research and Scholarship- 30%

  • Collaborate with faculty on the development of and ongoing support for sustainable DH research projects
  • Lead University-wide initiatives that contribute to the promotion and dissemination of digital scholarship, including symposia and workshops
  • Participate in the Mellon funded Graduate Fellowship Program and Central New York Humanities Corridor activities as the RCLs liaison
  • Engage stakeholders across the campus to create a robust and sustainable framework for digital scholarship that supports the entire lifecycle of digital research projects, including funding, data creation and curation, digital asset management, and the preservation, dissemination, and access of digital scholarship
  • Consult with faculty on DH tools and methodologies to support research

Library and Staff Development for DH Initiatives- 30%

  • Work closely with the Department of Rare Books, Special Collections, and Preservation, the Digital Library Services teams, and the Coordinator of the Digital Academy to develop DH projects that expose hidden collections and celebrate librarian, faculty, and student digital scholarship
  • Collaborate with the data and metadata services librarian(s) to ensure robust and sustainable data models and appropriate data management practices for digital scholarship
  • Lead library-wide initiatives that contribute to the development of 21st Century Library capacity to support research and scholarship in the humanities, including but not limited to intellectual property, digital asset management, and digital humanities pedagogy
  • Participate in DH Center activities, and support team members in the development of technology, digitization, and GIS projects, practices, and services

Professional Development and Service- 10%

  • Contribute to the larger field of DH through participation in conferences, training, and scholarship with a focus on academic library leadership for digital scholarship
  • Maintain a current skillset in DH methodologies and academic librarianship
  • Serve on Library and University-wide committees, as assigned
  • Perform other duties as required, including presentation of seminars, courses, and instruction on DH as required.

Required Qualifications & Competencies
Specific to the position:

  • MLS from an ALA accredited library school
  • Proven track record of collaboration in faculty research and teaching at the undergraduate level
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with technologies and standards common to DH methodologies, including TEI, xml, xslt, html, and data modeling for the humanities.
  • LAMP based website frameworks (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and engage stakeholders
  • Ability to conceptualize, articulate and identify meaningful success measures for strategic and near-term goals
  • Outstanding verbal and written skills
  • Self-starter who is comfortable with ambiguity
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment with a high degree of accountability

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in humanities field in addition to an MLS from an ALA accredited library school
  • 3 years experience working in either an academic library setting or on a digital humanities project
  • Experience with website design/ development, large project planning, and/or instructional design

River Campus Libraries Requirements:

  • Strong commitment to building and nurturing positive relationships among users and colleagues with a proven ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated assertiveness and diplomacy
  • Proven willingness to pursue additional educational and skills development to complement the learning environment reflected in a progressive academic setting
  • Demonstrated organizational skills in a broad range of situations
  • Collegial and contributory member of the team and of the RCL as a whole
  • User focused and committed to service excellence with all users
  • Solution focused, identifying synergies and opportunities to benefit users
  • Professional, organized and prepared
  • Generates, recommends and welcomes resourceful or creative approaches and solutions that improve productivity and patron services

The University and the Library

The University of Rochester Libraries belongs to the Association of Research Libraries and has collections of more than three million volumes and more than 44,000 active serial titles. The River Campus Libraries, the largest of three library systems at the University of Rochester, is in the process of implementing the second year of a five-year transformational strategic plan. This provides an opportunity for the incumbent to contribute to the realization of the Libraries to the vision of a collaborative hub of innovation in support of the Schools we support. For more information on the University and the Libraries, please consult our website:

The University of Rochester is the sixth largest private employer in New York State and one of the nation’s leading private universities with just over 5,800 undergraduate and over 4,600 full and part-time graduate students on the River Campus. Located in Rochester, New York, the University gives students exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary study and close collaboration with faculty through its unique cluster-based curriculum.

Among the 100 largest metropolitan regions in the country, Greater Rochester has earned a reputation as one of the most livable communities in the nation. Located on the southern shore of Lake Ontario and gateway to the scenic Finger Lakes, Rochester offers its 1.1 million residents the amenities of a metropolitan area with a quality of life not available in many urban regions.

Rochester is recognized as one of the most affordable housing markets in the country. Several high schools in the metropolitan area have been consistently listed by Newsweek as among the best in the country. The metropolitan area boasts 20,000 acres of parkland and offers year-round recreational opportunities for those who like to be outdoors in all seasons. In addition to hosting past PGA, LPGA, and Ryder cup tournaments, Rochester is also home to top-level minor league baseball, hockey, soccer, and lacrosse teams.

For more information about living in Rochester, see Rochester Made for Living , and Rochester One of the Smartest Cities

Reference ID: 186268
Application deadline is November 8, 2014. Please ALSO send letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses and phone numbers of three references to:
Kelley Kitrinos
Rush Rhees Library
University of Rochester
Rochester, NY 14627
The University of Rochester is an Equal Opportunity Employer: EOE Minorities / Females / Protected Veterans / Disabled

Comments are closed.

Save the Date!

Mark your calendars for the Spring 2018 UNYSLA Conference: Lead From Where You Are


When: April 13th, 2018

Where: Rochester, NY


Check back soon for more details!

Get Involved with UNYSLA

There are several ways to get involved including conference planning, board positions, networking events, and so much more! Send any inquiries to anyone listed on our About page or fill out our Contact Us form.

Quick Links

Thank you to our sponsors!

Thanks to our Sponsor!

Thanks to our sponsor, Ebsco Health! Interested in becoming a sponsor? Find out how.

Archived Posts