Digital Humanities Research Facilitator (Assistant, Associate, or Full Specialist) in the Library

Santa Barbara, CA
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Created: November 6, 2020


Digital Humanities Research Facilitator (Assistant, Associate, or Full Specialist) in the Library

The University of California, Santa Barbara is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the Association of American Universities. In addition, the University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the Association of Research Libraries.

The UC Santa Barbara Library is responding to recent and exciting changes in scholarship that include the increasing use of digital data and computational methods; expanding and novel cross-disciplinary data reuse; new emphases on transparency and reproducibility; concern for preservation and long-term usability; and the rise of new forms of scholarly communication including data publication and open access publishing. The UC Santa Barbara Library seeks a collaborative, dynamic scholar to foster excellence in data curation.

The expected effective date of the position is April 1, 2021 or later. The initial appointment is at 100% for 1 year, with the position eligible for renewal.

Reporting to the Director of Research Data Services, the Digital Humanities Research Facilitator is responsible for the planning and implementation of scholarly initiatives in support of data-intensive research and digital scholarship in the humanities on campus with the goal of ensuring the high functionality, discoverability, and preservability of digital research data throughout its lifecycle. As part of a growing team of research facilitators, at UCSB and across the University of California, the candidate will make substantial contributions to his/her primary area of responsibility as well as collaborate with other team members in addressing curation of data from other disciplines.

The successful candidate will join a team that is re-envisioning the Library’s role within the research data lifecycle and who can respond to and support new research methods being used by researchers as well as lead the adoption of new methods. Research Data Services is also actively engaged with using, and informing development of, the digital asset platforms that are increasingly a core component of the toolset of the modern research university. In collaboration with data curators, humanities subject librarians, and the staff of the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory (IRC), the Digital Humanities Research Facilitator will create and implement the Library’s support plan for humanities researchers.

The candidate will:
Provide data management consultations and referrals to campus data creators in support of the research mission of the university.

Provide consultation on the use of high-performance computing and other computational resources available to UCSB researchers.

Build and contribute expertise in information trends and research methods in the humanities and related disciplines.

Be embedded into or otherwise participate in campus research projects; outreach to faculty and assist with adoption of new data management and curation tools and services in support of faculty research within data science.

Build and maintain online data management aids and other documentation.

In coordination with the IRC, organize public events and lead trainings and workshops in the areas of digital humanities tool use and humanities data analysis, publication, management, and curation.

The Digital Humanities Research Facilitator will contribute to local, regional, and national discussions and initiatives in data curation and digital scholarship, including the UCSB Digital Arts & Humanities Commons. Additionally, as a member of the greater University of California scholarly community, the candidate will participate in systemwide working groups and efforts, and work with the University of California Curation Center (UC3) at the California Digital Library to help develop and promulgate new systemwide services.

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Published: Saturday, November 7, 2020 04:06 UTC

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