Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services at Vassar College Libraries
Vassar College Libraries seeks collaborative and
entrepreneurial candidates for the position of Head of Digital Scholarship and
Technology Services. The incumbent will work closely with colleagues to
advance the Libraries' efforts to work with faculty and students pursuing
digitally-enhanced modes of learning and research. Along with partners in the
Libraries as well as Computing and Information Services, the Head of Digital
Scholarship and Technology Services will identify and develop digital
projects, technological resources, physical and virtual spaces, and training
opportunities that address emerging needs across disciplines. The successful
candidate will help to sustain and enhance the Libraries' longstanding
strengths in digital collections, metadata expertise, and long-term
stewardship, merging them with faculty work in the digital humanities and
digitally-enhanced learning, and offering services to address changing
practices in scholarly communications.
The Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services will consult with
faculty, students, and colleagues using emerging tools and methods (e.g. text
mining, data visualization, mapping), and work alongside colleagues to develop
training and programming that builds the college's capacity to support work in
these areas. The incumbent will actively maintain awareness of issues in
digital scholarship, and facilitate workshops and presentations to develop
broader awareness and to foster a community of practitioners on campus.
The Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology Services also oversees the
Libraries' digital technologies department, which includes three professionals
with library-wide responsibilities for digital collections, digital repository
services, and library systems. In this role, the incumbent will work with
colleagues to ensure that the libraries' uses of technologies are aligned with
and responsive to pedagogical and scholarly work at the college, and that the
libraries' technical and user services are well-supported to serve the
* Advanced degree in a relevant discipline, or, MLS/MLIS
* Significant and progressively responsible experience engaging with and managing digital scholarly activities at an academic institution.
* Demonstrated proficiency with one or more methodologies common to digital humanities research (e.g. text mining, data visualization, mapping)
* Demonstrated ability to manage complex projects with a diverse team of stakeholders.
* Familiarity with common digital humanities software (e.g. Omeka, Neatline, D3.js)
* Familiarity with common library metadata formats
* Commitment to collaboration and the ability to work cooperatively across organizational and disciplinary boundaries.
* Competence and sensitivity in working at a college in which students are broadly diverse with regard to many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and religion.
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