Digital Humanities Librarian Assistant or Associate Professor, University Library

at University of Illinois (view profile)
Location Urbana, Illinois
Date Posted November 5, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Position Available:
Position available immediately. This is a 100%, twelve-month, tenure-system appointment.

Position Summary:
The University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is seeking a creative, innovative, collaborative, and intellectually curious individual to lead digital humanities services in the Library. The successful candidate will contribute to engaged, inclusive digital scholarship across campus. We encourage applicants who are committed to the principle that a diverse community enhances our institution and who will help the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign achieve new levels of excellence by fostering and sustaining our diverse and inclusive academic environment.

Reporting to the Head of Scholarly Communication and Publishing, the Digital Humanities Librarian leads outreach and services for research and instruction in the humanities and arts that employs digital technologies and data. Working with colleagues in the library’s Scholarly Commons, Research Data Service, and Scholarly Communication and Publishing units, Library Information Technology, Media Commons, special collections curators and archivists, and subject liaisons, the Digital Humanities Librarian is part of a team of functional and subject experts that works with researchers on digital scholarship broadly.

The Digital Humanities Librarian typically serves as the initial point of referral for humanities and affiliated researchers as they begin digital research and teaching projects, referring to and collaborating with these other experts as necessary. Building on a history of increasing library support for digital humanities on campus, the librarian plays a key role in furthering digital humanities library services, collaborating with others to fulfil needs identified in the library’s recent Digital Humanities Needs Assessment Report and providing ongoing assessment for new and existing activities. This role includes working to further the development of the library’s Scholarly Commons as a hub for digital humanities collaboration and discussion. The librarian also collaborates with other areas of campus that provide complementary services for digital research (including the NCSA Culture and Society Initiative, an emerging design center network, and others) to provide referrals and maximize impact.

Duties and Responsibilities:
• Provide both reference services and in-depth research consultations for faculty and students on digital humanities-related research, in collaboration with colleagues;
• Design and deliver instruction to classes, research groups, and other audiences to further information literacy and digital literacy outcomes;
• Acquire and manage humanities research data (e.g., text and media corpora from commercial publishers) in consultation with others;
• Work with librarians, library IT, and researchers to evaluate digital scholarship tools and select and implement the most appropriate tools to meet specific needs;
• Serve as the primary point of consultation for researchers with questions about text and data mining tools and approaches;
• Work with colleagues on digital humanities-related publishing activities and scholarly communications outreach related to digital humanities research;
• Collaborate with colleagues in the Scholarly Commons and other units on outreach activities related to digital scholarship, and on fostering the Scholarly Commons as a collaborative space for digital humanities work;
• Assess evolving campus needs and represent the Library in campus initiatives and activities involving digital humanities related research and data science, including serving as a liaison to the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and other relevant initiatives;
• Facilitate professional development opportunities for library faculty and staff, including subject specialists, in digital humanities areas relevant to their interests and responsibilities;
• Contribute to the national and international reputation of the University Library through professional research, service, and collaboration with national colleagues, organizations, and consortia.


• ALA-accredited MS-LIS or equivalent, or a PhD in the humanities or humanistic social sciences (completed by start date) with two years of relevant experience with digital projects;
• Understanding of traditional and emerging digital approaches to research and publication in humanities work, and of how new digital approaches can reshape research and teaching in the humanities;
• Experience with research software or programming languages used within some area of digital humanities, such as text and data mining, network analysis, or multimodal publishing;
• Experience teaching in workshop or classroom settings;
• Excellent oral and written communications skills;
• Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a diverse community, and manage multiple tasks effectively in a team environment;
• Evidence of the ability to do research, publication, and service consonant with University standards for tenure and promotion.

• Experience teaching technology and digital literacy concepts;
• Experience authoring or collaborating on digital humanities projects in research or instruction;
• Coursework or experience using a programming language, especially one commonly used in digital humanities projects such as Python or R;
• Demonstrated understanding of metadata standards and data curation practices relevant to digital humanities work;
• Familiarity with copyright and licensing issues related to digital projects.

Environment: The University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign is one of the preeminent research libraries in the world. With more than 14 million volumes and significant digital resources, it ranks second in size among academic research libraries in the United States and first among public university libraries in the world. As the intellectual heart of the campus, the Library is committed to maintaining the strongest possible collections and services and engaging in research and development activities in pursuit of the University’s mission of teaching, scholarship, and public service. The Library currently employs approximately 80 faculty and 300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants.

The scope of the Scholarly Communication and Publishing unit of the library includes digital publishing, repository services (including the library’s institutional repository, IDEALS), copyright, researcher profiles, scholarly communication, and digital humanities. Librarians in the unit collaborate closely with other units in the library’s Office of Research, including the Research Data Service and Scholarly Commons, as well as with a network of subject specialists, technical services experts, and special collections librarians and archivists on projects of mutual interest. It is a partner on the Mellon-funded Publishing Without Walls grant to understand digital publishing needs of humanists and implement publishing solutions that fill those needs. The library has nearly a decade of experience acting as a key collaborator and service provider for digital humanities research and teaching, and it is a partner, with the School of Information Sciences, on the HathiTrust Research Center ( The library is also a founding partner of the Association of Research Libraries Digital Scholarship Institute ( The campus humanities center, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities is a key partner for digital humanities work, and it has just begun a multi-year initiative, Training in Digital Methods for Humanists, that provides support for tenured humanities faculty to learn new digital approaches for research and teaching.

Salary and Rank: Salary commensurate with credentials and experience. Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship, research, and university/professional/community service in order to meet university standards for tenure and promotion. Library faculty have an obligation to remain professionally informed, to pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to their field of expertise, to disseminate the results of their scholarly work, and to seek opportunities for service to the Library, campus, state, nation and profession. Library faculty are governed by University statements on review and promotion found in Article IX of the Statutes, and in Provost’s Communication No. 9 <> and Provost’s Communication No. 13 <>. For more information on library tenure and promotion, see <>.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus and Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at

The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit: or
To Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

Deadline: In order to ensure full consideration we urge candidates to submit application materials on or before November 16, 2018.

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