Director of the Center for Digital Scholarship

Providence, RI
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Created: June 22, 2017


Are you an experienced leader in the field of digital scholarship? Have you
managed projects, practitioners, spaces, and intellectual programs? Do you
thrive in a collaborative and fast-paced environment? Are you ready to lead
a well-developed team of digital researchers and digital librarians?

The Brown University Library is extending its search for the new position:
the Director of its Center for Digital Scholarship (CDS). CDS is a locus
for digital activities at Brown, providing expertise and training in text
analysis, text encoding, data management, geospatial analysis and data,
digital publishing and scholarly project management. Members of CDS partner
with faculty and students on developing and sustaining digital projects.
They work closely with Library staff and other groups on campus to develop
digital projects and support scholarly communication. The Library recently
created the Digital Scholarship Lab and Digital Studio -- collaborative
spaces for faculty and students to engage in visualization, video and audio
production, 3D printing, and creative teaching and research – which are
managed by CDS.

We seek an enthusiastic, strategic, and well-organized leader to provide
vision for the Center as well as direction, oversight, and promotion for
the Library’s digital scholarship services, intellectual programming,
spaces, and operations. As the direct supervisor of the Data Visualization
Coordinator, Digital Humanities Librarians, the Social Sciences Data
Librarian, and the Scientific Data Management Specialist, the Director
manages and coordinates CDS outreach and work on research projects across
the disciplines. As a member of the Library’s leadership team, the Director
participates in library-wide decision-making and partners with the
leadership team and specialists throughout the library to integrate CDS’s
goals and activities into the overall services and strategic directions of
the Brown University Library.


- Advanced degree preferred (or equivalent experience) in the
humanities, social sciences, or library or information science with a focus
on digital scholarship or data curation.
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in an administrative position that
includes successful management and supervision of personnel, as well as
demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
- Significant and progressively responsible experience engaging with and
managing digital scholarly projects at a major academic institution.
- Ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working
relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff, and students.
- Demonstrated organizational skills and ability to manage multiple
- Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills.
- Experience with current technologies for digital scholarship and the
ability to advise on hardware and software purchasing and implementation.
- Demonstrated understanding of the scholarly applications of digital
tools, metadata standards and data encoding standards.
- Evidence of research or publication on topics relating to digital
scholarship as well as participation in national or international
committees and collaborative efforts.
- Familiarity with recent scholarship and understanding of emergent best
practices in digital scholarship.
- Familiarity with data curation and data management practices across
the disciplines.
- Successful experience with grant writing and management.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity.

To Apply: please visit Brown University’s career opportunities website at: and reference
REQ131042. Complete an application online, attach documents, and submit for
immediate consideration. Documents should include cover letter, resume, and
the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Review of applications
will continue until the position is filled.

Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic
global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for
employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of,
gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally
protected status.

How to apply


Jean Rainwater
Interim Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies
Brown University Library
201 Thayer Street / Box I
Providence, Rhode Island 02912


Published: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 19:04 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, June 27, 2017 19:04 UTC