Digital Scholarship Librarian

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Created: January 15, 2016


Reporting to the Coordinator of Reference, Instruction, and Academic Engagement, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will provide leadership for the integration of digital tools, resources and methodologies with traditional resources and approaches to research, teaching and learning.   The Digital Scholarship Librarian will collaborate with members of the Library Administration and with Coordinators of Library Services and will serve as a resource person for faculty, students, and staff using digital scholarship tools and methods in their research and teaching. The position will also serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments.

Responsibilities & Duties

Information and Research Services
Provide leadership for library staff in interdisciplinary digital scholarship initiatives in a wide array of subject areas, including but not limited to digital humanities; building and managing born-digital or digitized content; advocating for open access (OA); and identifying opportunities to support the research and publication lifecycle.

Partner with colleagues and units within the Library, including liaison librarians, Special Collections & Archives, and Digital Services to advance the Library's contributions to faculty and student research projects and to create strategies for collaboration, program planning, and support for sustainable, interdisciplinary digital projects.

Stay abreast of emerging, innovative trends and technologies, standards, publishing models, digital scholarship developments and related legislative initiatives and evaluate their adaptation to improve the local environment.

Conduct environmental scans of academic departments in conjunction with liaison librarians in order to identify current and emerging scholarly projects for which digital tools and methodologies are appropriate.

Provide reference and research support in a variety of venues (e.g., in-person, e-mail, instant message).

Teaching and Learning
Through face-to-face and virtual environments, provide outreach, education, workshops, and promotion to the campus community about copyright/fair use, authors' rights, Via (institutional repository), publishing, OA, and other digital scholarship topics.

Initiate, build and nurture excellent relationships with a diverse community within the university, as well as external partners, in support of digital scholarship services.

Participate in DePaul University initiatives and professional committees related to digital scholarship initiatives.

Engage in reflective teaching through the use of instructional improvement tools (e.g., peer evaluation or teaching portfolios) under the leadership of the Coordinator of Reference, Instruction, and Academic Engagement.

Participate in the coordination and integration of online tools in support of teaching, learning, and research.

Liaison Librarian Services
Serve as liaison librarian to one or more academic or co-curricular programs, as assigned, including responsibilities for provision of information and instructional services, collection management, and engagement with faculty, staff, and students promoting library resources and services.

Maintain an awareness of best practices in academic librarianship, including library outreach and marketing, through reading in the scholarly and professional literature, participation in relevant conferences, workshops, and professional development programs, and apply lessons learned to current needs in the University Library.

Participate and represent the University Library in University, state, regional, or national professional service activities.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience

Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program or a terminal degree in the humanities or social sciences with relevant digital scholarship experience.

2 years of academic library experience, including at least one year of reference service and/or library instruction.

Coursework or demonstrated knowledge and experience with research tools and approaches in digital scholarship (e.g. digitization, text mining, data visualization, mapping, image analysis, etc.).

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, students, subject librarians, archivists, and IT specialists in order to advance digital projects.

Strong understanding of current issues and technologies impacting digital scholarship and new forms of publishing.

Preferred Requirements
  • Advanced degree in a humanities or social sciences discipline.
  • Experience with text mining and analysis software.
  • Experience with spatial data tools.
  • Familiarity with digital publishing platforms (e.g., D-Space, Digital Commons, Omeka).
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Familiarity with web-based instructional tools, e.g., LibGuides, software for the development of tutorials.

Other Skills & Abilities Reqd
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills, particularly the ability to explain complex concepts to a wide variety of users in individual and group settings.
  • Strong commitment to user services and support.
  • Excellent planning, project management, and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to adapt to a changing academic environment.
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies.
  • Flexibility in managing time to meet deadlines as well as user needs.
  • Knowledge of information technology resources, print information resources, and Web-based information resources required to provide excellent library services.
  • Knowledge of MS Office, other routine information technology applications employed at the library or university level, and enterprise-level systems employed for the management of library collections or the provision of library services.
  • Evidence of energy, creativity, initiative and commitment to professional growth.

Physical Requirements
  • Must be able to spend extended periods standing. sitting, kneeling, crouching, and bending.
  • Routinely lifting up to 25 pounds may also be required.
  • Visual acuity, hand-eye coordination and motor skills sufficient to use a computer, copy machine and other office equipment are required.

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