Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica Curator of Digital Humanities
Job location: Van Pelt Library
Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-09-09
University OverviewThe University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.Posted Job TitleArnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica Curator of Digital HumanitiesJob Profile TitleCuratorJob Description SummaryThe Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica Curator of Digital Humanities (the Kaplan Curator) will be responsible for curating, building, and researching the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica. The incumbent will also collaborate on experimental, sustainable projects, and methods that expand the capacity of the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship and facilitate computational access to and use of Penn’s Judaica collections, promoting them and making connections between them and dispersed Judaica content around the globe.Job Description
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seeks a collaborative, innovative, and experienced professional for the role of the inaugural Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica Curator of Digital Humanities. Reporting to the Snyder Granader Assistant University Librarian for Research Data and Digital Scholarship, the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica Curator of Digital Humanities will join a collaborative team of colleagues in the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship at the Penn Libraries, and will work closely with the Judaica Bibliographer and colleagues in the Kislak Center for Special Collections. The incumbent will be responsible for curating, building, and researching the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica, facilitating computational access to and use of Penn’s Judaica collections, promoting them, building community around them, and making connections between them and dispersed Judaica content around the globe.
As a member of the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship, the incumbent will collaborate on experimental, sustainable projects, and methods that expand the capacity of the Center, and will provide instruction and consultation services for digital research, as well as technical support on project work. The Curator will proactively build collaborative relationships with library staff, researchers, and scholars involved with digital scholarship and Judaica across campus and beyond.
Qualified candidates with diverse backgrounds and trajectories are encouraged to apply.
- Curate, build, and research the Arnold and Deanne Kaplan Collection of Early American Judaica.
- Collaborate with colleagues in the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship to provide guidance, documentation, and training in digital tools and methods and develop innovative, sustainable, and scalable approaches to digital research and scholarship.
- Build relationships and collaborate with Judaica and Jewish Studies centers, departments, and scholars on campus, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Collaborate with colleagues across the Libraries to expand computational access to Penn's Judaica collections.
- Build digital exhibits, editions, and other projects that showcase the Libraries’ Judaica collections.
- Design outreach and programming to promote the use of Penn's Judaica collections for digital experimentation and research on campus, nationally, and internationally.
- Keep abreast of trends in digital scholarship and data management.
- Manage digital scholarship projects across their lifecycle.
- Relevant advanced degree and experience related to digital humanities, humanities data, or digital libraries
- Familiarity with the uses, limitations, and affordances of digital humanities research tools, approaches (e.g. text mining, data visualization, network analysis), and content management systems (e.g. Omeka, Wax, Scalar)
- Project management experience
- Familiarity with current trends, best practices, and innovative technologies in digital humanities
- Knowledge of data issues in the research life cycle and the use of collections as data
- Programming experience, particularly in Python
- Excellent communication skills
- Teaching experience
- Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote successful cross-divisional teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusion within the University of Pennsylvania Libraries
- Advanced degree in a relevant humanities discipline
- Strong interest in working with students and faculty
- Reading proficiency in Hebrew
- Experience with grant writing
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.