Digital Humanities Librarian

Job description

The University of Kentucky Libraries seeks a creative, collaborative, and experienced library professional with an ability to provide innovative services through the position of Digital Humanities Librarian. The successful candidate will serve as an academic liaison and support current and emerging methods of research and scholarly production in the humanities. The Digital Humanities Librarian will identify trends and activities in digital humanities on campus, provide digital scholarship support services, and promote UK Libraries' commitment to the creation and dissemination of scholarship.

Reporting to the Director of Digital Scholarship, the Digital Humanities Librarian will explore and promote new models for digital publishing, participate in research data management initiatives, and serve as a resource person for scholarly communication issues. Responsibilities will include working collaboratively with colleagues throughout UK Libraries and the campus to advance the content development and management of UKnowledge (, the university's institutional repository. The Digital Humanities Librarian will develop and conduct workshops on digital scholarship resources, metrics, and best practices. The Digital Humanities Librarian will participate in outreach and campus engagement activities that build partnerships and cultivate relationships with key university units.

The Digital Humanities Librarian will provide subject-specific leadership for collection building and management, as well as promote library collections, programs, and services. As an academic liaison, the Digital Humanities Librarian will teach curriculum-integrated library instructional sessions and conduct in-depth research consultations in assigned subject areas. With a solid understanding of current research resources and technologies, the Digital Humanities Librarian will develop and maintain online research and course guides. Active engagement with faculty and students in assigned subject areas will be essential.

The Digital Humanities Librarian will participate in shared governance of the University of Kentucky by serving on library, departmental/college, and university committees as appropriate. The Digital Humanities Librarian will pursue scholarship, professional development, and service activities in order to meet requirements for tenure and promotion.
Position is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position.

The University of Kentucky is a public, land grant university of approximately 32,000 students, 3,500 faculty, and 15,000 staff dedicated to improving people's lives through excellence in education, research and creative work, service, and health care. With over 200 academic programs across sixteen colleges and professional schools, the University plays a critical leadership role by promotion diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being.

Located in the beautiful bluegrass region of central Kentucky, the University of Kentucky Libraries includes the main William T. Young Library, Medical Center Library, Special Collections Research Center, Agricultural Information Center, Fine Arts Library, Design Library, Education Library, Transportation Library, Lexmark Library, and Science & Engineering Library. Combined library holdings total more than four million volumes. The system has a faculty of 60 and a support and professional staff of 108. UK Libraries currently uses the Ex Libris Alma and Primo systems. UK Libraries memberships include the Association of Research Libraries, LYRASIS, ASERL, and the Center for Research Libraries. UK is a regional depository for government publications.

To apply, interested applicants must complete a UK Online Academic Profile and attach two documents:
• Curriculum vitae
• Cover letter

Please include contact information for three references when prompted in the application. This information may be utilized to solicit recommendation letters from your references within the employment system.

The application deadline is April 15th, 2017.

Job Title
Digital Humanities Librarian

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Work Location
Lexington, KY

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Required Education

ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent advanced degree

Required Related Experience

• Academic background in the humanities, arts, or related fields
• Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal) and the ability to establish strong rapport with multiple constituencies in order to effectively collaborate and build partnerships
• Demonstrated understanding of the current research, information resources, and scholarly trends in humanities disciplines, including knowledge of emerging issues and technologies
• Demonstrated experience with or knowledge of metadata creation and maintenance
• Demonstrated experience with technologies, metadata schemas, scripting languages, or computational methods used in digital humanities projects
• Demonstrated experience with current issues in scholarly communication and research data management
• Proven ability to acquire new skills and adapt to changes in the profession
• Strong public service orientation
• Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track position through research, publication, and/or professional engagement

Required License/ Registration/Certification


Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

• Advanced degree in a humanities or arts discipline
• Minimum of two years of experience in an academic or research library, or in an academic or research environment
• Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library
• Foreign language proficiency, especially French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, or Arabic
• Experience with providing information literacy instruction and research consultations in an academic/research library

Deadline to Apply

Open Untill Filled

University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first see this position advertised other than on UK's online employment system?
    • (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)
    • Academic Keys
    • A Colleague, Friend and/or Family Member
    • None of the Above

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents





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Posted: 3/1/2017
Application Due: 4/16/2017
Work Type: Full Time