Digital Scholarship Specialist

at University of Michigan Library (view profile)
Published February 26, 2024
Location Ann Arbor, Michigan
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements ALA-accredited master's degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 64,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 88,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


The Digital Scholarship Specialist partners with students, faculty, staff, and librarians to enhance learning, teaching, and scholarship through technologies and knowledge of emerging digital research methods across departments. You will join a network of functional and subject experts, contributing to the evolution of digital scholarship and consultation services at the University of Michigan Library in agreement and close collaboration with the university community. You will contribute expertise in critical engagement with technologies that impact discovery and inquiry, research workflows and productivity, and engagement with library collections and data. You will consult and teach as part of in-person, online, and hybrid learning environments to enable the exploration, creation, and sharing of scholarly work.

You will be part of a team of functional specialists in the Digital Scholarship Service Hub, which serves as the initial contact and collaboration for members of the university community as they begin digital research and teaching projects, referring to and collaborating with other experts throughout the library and on campus. You will have primary responsibility for stewarding several signature Digital Scholarship programs, such as the Anti-Racist Digital Research Institute, Douglass Day, and the Ann Arbor Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon.

Reporting Structure:

You will report to the Director of Digital Scholarship and Creative Spaces in the Learning and Teaching division. Learning and Teaching advances next century literacies, guides learning, and inspires curiosity through its programs and partnerships.

Supervisory Experience:

You may provide supervision of student employees and staffing for signature Digital Scholarship programs.

Programs (60%)

  • Stewards several signature Digital Scholarship programs, such as the Anti-Racist Digital Research Institute, Douglass Day, and Ann Arbor Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon.
    Services (30%)
  • Provide consultation, collaboration, workshops, course-integrated instruction, and advocacy to help faculty, students, and staff from with diverse teams to develop skills in digital scholarship
  • Collaborate with Digital Scholarship Hub to develop digital scholarship activities
  • Provide liaison services for several Digital Scholarship-related campus programs

Research and Professional Development (10%)

  • Participates in ongoing learning and professional development relevant to position responsibilities and areas of interest and advance the mission of the library through participation in committees and initiatives.
  • Conducts original research on digital scholarship and other related areas to support and advance the field.
  • Presents and publishes work relevant to the field in appropriate venues.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master's degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience
  • At least 1 year experience with project management, including planning, communication, and assessment.
  • Demonstrated commitment to assisting individuals with a variety of levels of expertise and ability in their use and experimentation with technology.
  • Demonstrated interest and capacity for developing and sustaining relationships, learning and professional development within the Library, across campus academic and administrative units, and beyond campus.
  • Understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in backgrounds, cultures, values, and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment.

Additional Information
The anticipated hire date is May 2024.

Appointment is anticipated as an Associate Librarian, or Sr. Associate Librarian. Salary and rank are dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. The target salary range for this position is $64,000 to $72,000 for the Associate Librarian rank, and $68,000 - $88,000 for the Sr. Associate Librarian rank.

This appointment is subject to the UM/LEO-GLAM collective bargaining agreement.

Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.

The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision insurance, generous time off (24 vacation days per year, and 15 days of sick leave a year), matched retirement contributions with immediate vesting, professional development opportunities, and more. TIAA and Fidelity Investments' retirement benefits are available.

This position may be eligible for flexible work opportunities at the discretion of the hiring department. Flexible work agreements are reviewed annually and are subject to change dependent on the business needs of the hiring department, throughout the course of employment.

It is the policy of the University of Michigan to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability.  Pursuant to the 2022-2025 UM|LEO-GLAM agreement, each appointing unit will designate an administrative contact ("administrative designee") who is responsible for communicating with the necessary parties about accommodations requests made by Employees in that appointing unit on each campus. The Administrative Designee for Learning and Teaching- Digital Scholarship is Maria Gonzalez.  They may be reached at 734-764-7196 or

Application Deadline
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.