Digital Humanities Librarian

Sarah Lawrence College

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Digital Humanities Librarian

Job Description
Sarah Lawrence College is seeking an intellectually curious technologist to join the Esther Raushenbush Library team in the role of Digital Humanities Librarian. Sarah Lawrence's unique and innovative student-driven approach to education offers a fertile laboratory for the development of a digital humanities initiative grounded in interdisciplinary collaboration. The Digital Humanities Librarian will provide key leadership in helping build a digital humanities program on campus, one that takes advantage of the rich opportunities afforded by the library's College Archives and the growing popularity of alternative forms of scholarly production.

Working with faculty, staff and students across all disciplines, the digital humanities librarian will foster successful use and integration of digital approaches to research, teaching, and learning in the classroom, and help identify innovative and evolving digital tools and resources that advance scholarly investigation. Together with other research Librarians and campus partners, the digital humanities librarian will build upon traditional research methodologies, while working to increase the understanding and application of digital scholarship. The ideal candidate will be skilled at helping others at a variety of levels of expertise use commonly deployed digital scholarship tools, will have a strong grounding in library programs and services and a history of creating strong collaborative relationships with faculty, students and library staff.

Essential Duties Summary
Key Roles on Campus:

  • Establish and grow a dynamic, multifaceted program that addresses the growing demand for digital arts, humanities and scholarship support on campus.
  • Serve as change agent, partner, and resource person for research librarians and library and archive staff involved in facilitating faculty and student digital projects
  • Demonstrate a broad understanding of scholarship in the digital environment, and have experience with one or more digital humanities methodologies, e.g., text analysis, mining, and/or scholarly encoding, mapping, data visualization, podcasting, digital archives, augmented reality, etc.
  • Instruct and incorporate digital literacies into coursework and work with faculty to create meaningful digital humanities roles for students
  • Provide research consultations and instruction for students and faculty members engaged with digital arts and humanities projects
  • Explore and stay abreast of digital methodologies and to use such tools and skills in the solution of humanities research problems.
  • Be knowledgeable and able to speak about a range of library issues, including scholarly communication, digital initiatives, the use and development of online tools, copyright and digital project preservation and sustainability
  • Analyze and understand users’ research and information needs to develop, refine, assess, and sustain research and information services and programs in all formats.
  • Actively engage with faculty and students as partners in programmatically integrating digital fluency and information literacy concepts and skills into the curriculum.

Required Qualifications
Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree in relevant subject area or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 2-3 years’ experience teaching and/or collaborating with faculty and students in the design of courses and curricula employing digital methodologies and engaging in research that extends scholarship into the digital space
  • Knowledge of data issues in the research/knowledge creation lifecycle
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, subject librarians, special collections and others in order to advance digital arts and humanities research
  • Experience in a library or technology position that includes support of services and technologies that are frequently used in digital scholarship
  • A passion for digital scholarship, and particularly a passion for inspiring others to see new possibilities

Preferred Qualifications

Requirements for Employment
Effective October 15, 2021, all employees of Sarah Lawrence College must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. Exceptions to this requirement will only be considered for documented medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs. Any offers of employment will be contingent on successful completion of a background check and submission of proof of vaccination.

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Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.

Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study, conduct independent research, and connect a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.

Sarah Lawrence College occupies 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, NY, near the Village of Bronxville—just north of New York City. A 30-minute train ride from the Bronxville station takes students into Midtown Manhattan.

In addition to our round-table classrooms, Sarah Lawrence has outstanding theatres, art and performance studios, and music spaces; modern science labs; state-of-the-art graphic computing equipment; competitive sports facilities; a 60,000-square-foot visual arts center; and recently renovated dining facilities.

Our students are men and women who share an enthusiasm for intellectual rigor, academic risk taking, creativity in all disciplines, and original and interdisciplinary work. We are particularly committed to having our faculty, administration, and student body reflect the social, racial, and economic diversity that characterizes our society. The College’s 1,377 undergraduate students come from nearly every state and from 53 countries; 84 percent of undergrads live on campus.

At Sarah Lawrence, students spend more time one-on-one with award-winning faculty than do students at any other college in the country.

Working At Sarah Lawrence College

As a Sarah Lawrence employee, you will join a warm, challenging, and diverse community that offers both quality of life advantages and tangible, valuable employee benefits.

When you work at Sarah Lawrence, you:

  • Receive outstanding benefits, such as medical, dental, and vision plans that exceed the standard plans offered by many companies and institutions, and an exceptional retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.
  • Have unparalleled educational opportunities, such as tuition benefits on campus for employees, their spouses, and their children; discounted tuition to the College’s renowned nursery school; and tuition benefit programs for dependent children who attend other colleges.
  • Have continuous opportunities for advancement, as it is College policy to fill vacancies by promotion or transfer whenever possible.
  • Enjoy boundless cultural experiences, including readings, lectures, music, theater, film screenings, dance performances, art exhibitions, and a state-of-the-art library, free to employees. · Have free access to the 48,000-square-foot Campbell Sports Center, with a six-lane pool, modern weight/fitness training center, squash courts, gymnasium, indoor track, outdoor tennis courts, and fitness classes, open to employees seven days per week.
  • Have several on-campus options for meals, plus off-campus discounts at local restaurants and stores.
  • Work in a convenient location close to all major highways, easily accessed from the Metro-North Harlem line, and 35 minutes from mid-town Manhattan.
  • Enjoy free parking on campus, a 10% discount at the college bookstore.
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