Director of Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections

at James Madison University (view profile)
Published May 25, 2022
Location 880 Madison Dr, Harrisonburg, VA
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $80,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $85,000
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JMU Libraries seeks an energetic, hands-on, and results-oriented leader to fill the newly created, tenure-track position of Director of Digital Scholarship and Distinctive Collections (DSDC).

The Director of DSDC will lead JMU Libraries services and offerings surrounding special and distinctive collections across media types (rare books and manuscripts, audiovisual collections, and born-digital archives), and will help to define the support we provide for creative and sustainable digital scholarship at JMU—particularly as it connects with scholar-created thematic research collections stemming from classroom and community-based work in the digital liberal arts. The successful candidate will report to our incoming Associate Dean for Academic Engagement (AE) and work closely with fellow directors and leaders throughout our closely interconnected library and educational technology organization. These partnering departments and divisions include Scholarly Communications Strategies, Research and Education Services, Metadata Strategies, Learning Innovations and Design, Libraries Technology, and more.

As a new department of the Libraries, DSDC will take a collections-focused approach to digital scholarship services and include a team of nine full-time faculty and staff as well as graduate and undergraduate student employees in the following areas: Special Collections and archives, digital archives, preservation/conservation, library-based digitization services, and digital projects consultation and support. The team will include archivists, curators, experts in digital project development, and librarians focused on Special Collections instruction and research support. Among this position’s direct reports are the heads of Special Collections and Digital Projects.

JMU Libraries’ distinctive collections are particularly rich in documentary records and oral histories related to the Shenandoah Valley (including Harrisonburg’s vibrant, past and contemporary immigrant community) and James Madison University, in artists’ books and movable/pop-up books, and in Black arts, literature, and culture. Relevant here are collections of Black comic books, graphic novels, and works of poetry; rare book and manuscript collections in support of JMU’s African, African American, and Diaspora Studies program; and the unique video archives of the distinguished Furious Flower Poetry Center—the first academic center for Black poetry in the country and the focus of a large-scale, Mellon Foundation-supported collaboration with the Libraries focused on digital collections and digital publishing. Also notable at JMU are faculty digital projects related to histories of race and place. This is a particularly exciting moment to join the Libraries, due to the opportunity to play a leading role in our ongoing partnership with Furious Flower and collaborate with other new and incoming hires in the Libraries and JMU’s College of Arts and Letters, particularly in the fields of digital humanities, digital archives and preservation, Latinx studies, and Black arts and culture. We are currently planning for the renovation and expansion of Carrier Library, to include beautiful facilities for the DSDC department and its closest collaborators.
The Director of DSDC is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure-track position with instructional faculty status at JMU. We anticipate hiring at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. Libraries faculty participate in shared governance at JMU and adhere to policies established in our Promotion & Tenure Guidelines ( and the JMU Faculty Handbook ( Faculty are evaluated annually on Job Performance, Scholarly Achievement & Professional Qualifications, and Professional Service.