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Job: Librarian for Digital Humanities Research at Yale University

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Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in
New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston
and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural
resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory
theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of
Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

  
The University and the Library

The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries,
collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich
and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual
growth and is a highly valued partner in the teaching and research missions of
Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is
its rich spectrum of resources, including more than 12.5 million volumes and
information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books
to electronic databases. The Library is engaged in numerous digital
initiatives designed to provide access to a full array of scholarly
information. Housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and twenty school and
departmental libraries, it employs a dynamic, diverse, and innovative staff of
over 500 who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty
and students, participate on committees, and are involved in other areas of
staff development. For additional information on the Yale
University Library, please visit the Library's web site at
http://www.library.yale.edu/.

  
Position Description

We are looking for a creative, technically-grounded, and visionary person who
will serve as an advisor, advocate, and implementer for digital humanities at
Yale University Library. The successful candidate must have a deep interest in
the artifacts of scholarship--such as books, manuscripts, or maps--and a
commitment to a vibrant future for the humanities. Working closely with the
University's Academic IT Solutions unit, technology experts from across the
Library system, subject specialist librarians, and the Director of
Undergraduate Research Education and Outreach, the Librarian for Digital
Humanities Research will provide the vision and strategic leadership for
incorporating current and future technologies into the research activities of
the humanities community at Yale University. The incumbent will report to the
Head of Humanities Collections and Research Education (HCRE) and as part of
that team may serve as the Library's liaison to one or more humanities
departments.

  
This is an evolving specialization in librarianship, one that requires a
combination of strong academic background in the humanities
with technical knowledge, curiosity about how technology is affecting
research, and enthusiasm for collaborating with students, faculty, and staff
colleagues in an exciting and dynamic intellectual environment. We are seeking
candidates with a keen interest in text mining and analysis, natural language
processing, geospatial analysis, data visualization, and image analysis. We
welcome applications from those who may not have an exceptional degree of
technical skill so long as their background in the humanities and demonstrated
interest in research technologies and digital resources are strong.

  
Representative Job Summary

  
Yale University librarians work in libraries across the Central, West,
Medical, and Science campuses, to build, manage, and provide access to a rich
and unique record of human thought and creativity. They demonstrate
flexibility, creativity, and imagination in their work and adapt to and help
shape a continuously evolving work environment. Yale librarians provide
consistently high quality service to the University, and help meet the needs
of the local, national, and international teaching and research communities.

  
Representative Responsibilities

  
The Librarian 1 is the beginning rank and is expected to demonstrate
excellence in meeting the position responsibilities, as defined by the job
description and annual goals. Begin to fulfill the criteria for service to the
library, university, and/or community. Begin to fulfill the
criteria for professional contributions.

  
Departmental Responsibilities

  
The Librarian for Digital Humanities Research will promote the advancement of
the use of digital technologies and resources for humanities research,
teaching, and intellectual engagement. Specific activities may include:

  * Building digital collections as scholarly or teaching resources
  * Using digital collections and analytical tools to generate new intellectual products
  * Analyzing humanities collections, data, or research processes
  * Offering digital humanities training
  * Collaborating with other Yale digital research and teaching specialists
  * Researching new digital humanities technologies and promoting them, as appropriate, to Yale faculty, students, and staff
The Librarian for Digital Humanities Research will also serve on select
Library-wide committees, engage in research and service to meet the library
requirements for promotion, and may assume appropriate collection development
responsibilities based on the successful candidate's academic background.

  
Qualifications

  
A graduate degree in a humanities discipline and demonstrated knowledge in the
field of digital humanities. Appointment at the Librarian II level requires a
minimum of 2 years of professional experience and demonstrated professional
accomplishment. Appointment at the Librarian III level requires a minimum of 5
years of professional experience.

  
A deep understanding of the research process and knowledge of the ways that
new technologies are affecting the production of scholarship in the
humanities, as distinct from other fields. Excellent interpersonal and team
collaboration skills and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced,
rapidly changing and ambiguous environment are required.

  
The successful applicant will be technically grounded and will have
demonstrated knowledge of most of the following. Mastery of at least one of
the following is required:

Text-mining, encoding, and analysis tools and methods

GIS tools and methods (e.g. OSGeo Software Projects, ESRI's ArcGIS suite, OGC
data standards, and FGDC Metadata Standards)

Network analysis (familiarity with graph theory and use of analytical tools,
e.g. GEPHI)

  
Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

  * An MLIS or MIS from an ALA-accredited program of information science.
  * Experience with statistical analysis tools (e.g. R, SPSS, Stata, LIWC, and Nvivo)
  * Experience with data visualization tools and methods
  * Experience with relational databases (e.g. MySQL)
  * Experience with server-side web-development (e.g. PERL, PHP, java, javascript, ASP)
  * Experience with UNIX/Linux
Salary and Benefits

  
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of
a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale
University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and
true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide
variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and
educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational
facilities, and much more.

  
Applications consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact
information of three professional references should be sent by creating an
account and applying online at http://www.yale.edu/jobs for immediate
consideration - the STARS req ID for this position is
16099BR. Please be sure to reference #16099BR in your cover
letter.

  
Background Check Requirements

  
All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment
background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and
credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal
candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position
based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are
contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please
visit
http://www.yale.edu/hronline/careers/screening/faqs.html
for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

  
Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity
employer. Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and
students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of
underrepresented minority groups.



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