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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

[LIBJOBS] Open Position: Digital Scholarship Fellow, Penn State University Libraries, University Park, PA

Digital Scholarship Fellow
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries
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The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek creative, forward-thinking individuals to apply for the fixed-term, non-tenure track, three-year appointment as Digital Scholarship Fellow. This faculty librarian will play a critical role in outreach, training, and service development to strengthen digital scholarship at Penn State. The successful candidate will be conversant with methods, technologies, and platforms pertinent to textual analysis and have first-hand knowledge of, and experience in, their applications for research. The Digital Scholarship Fellow will have a passion for interdisciplinary, collaborative projects; value education through experimentation and prototyping; and understand the importance of humanities and social sciences scholarship and its publics.  The position reports to the Associate Director for the Center for Humanities and Information in the University Libraries and is jointly funded by the Libraries and the College of the Liberal Arts.
This position is expected to raise the profile of digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences at Penn State and to sustain the digital scholarship community through outreach and events such as workshops and speaker series. The successful candidate will be able to communicate, translate, and share ideas and concepts effectively across diverse, interdisciplinary audiences. The Digital Scholarship Fellow will maintain currency in the field and may pursue their own research to do so. The person in this role may also engage in national and/or international initiatives or other professional activities.

The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect.  We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting For additional information about the Libraries' diversity efforts, please visit

  • Collaborates within the University Libraries and the College of the Liberal Arts to build community and promote digital scholarship across Penn State.
  • Develops and conducts training, group instruction, and workshops, both individually and collaboratively, on text analysis research methods, tools, platforms, and best practices.
  • Evaluates existing and emerging tools and technologies to inform decision-making around technology and platform support, and to identify potential uses in humanities and/or social science research. Prototypes demonstration projects and/or implements tools for use by others.
  • Collaborates with colleagues across the university to help ensure harmony among various technology infrastructures and needs.
  • Provides consultation and, where appropriate, technical support for digital textual scholarship projects, including implementation of tools and/or technology, to help researchers achieve their goals.
Required Qualifications:
  • PhD in a humanities or social sciences field.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with one or more computational text analysis approaches commonly used in digital humanities and/or social science projects.
  • Experience teaching or leading workshops on digital tools and/or methods to faculty and students.
  • Experience with development and management of projects, grants, and/or budgets.
  • Experience working collaboratively with other scholars and/or with IT professionals on projects related to digital scholarship.
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Demonstrated ability to build and engage an active intellectual community.
  • Personal research experience with text analysis tools and approaches in the digital humanities or social sciences.
  • Familiarity with research library services and objectives, including scholarly communication issues and assessment practices.
  • Familiarity with service and program development and implementation.
  • Record of professional presentations and/or publications.
  • Familiarity with analysis of texts in languages other than English.
The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University's strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach.  The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the international Center for Research Libraries.

The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day's drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit and

Compensation and Benefits:
Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.

Application Instructions:
Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online. To apply, please visit   To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses).   Review of applications will begin November 1, 2016 and continue until position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at

Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to minorities, women, veterans, disabled individuals, and other protected groups.

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