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              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 36, No. 132.
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        Date: 2022-08-18 16:16:59+00:00
        From: Ryan Cordell <>
        Subject: Job: DH Librarian at UIUC

Dear colleagues,

UIUC is hiring a tenure-track Digital Humanities Librarian. The position is open
to applicants with the MLIS and/or a humanities PhD plus DH experience. I am on
the search committee and happy to answer questions or find the right person to
answer those I cannot. The ad can be found at
and I have posted the full text below.

All best,

Digital Humanities Librarian
Assistant Professor, University Library
University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available:  This position is available as soon as possible and eligible
for a hybrid work schedule. This is a 100%-time, permanent, twelve-month faculty
position in the University Library.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Statement and EEO Statement: The
University Library of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign values
diversity of thought, perspective, experience, and people, and is actively
committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We are dedicated to the
practices of social justice, diversity, and equality, and we strive to overcome
historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view
as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to
contribute to building this environment in the Library and throughout the campus
community, and we encourage candidates who share these values to apply.

Position Summary: The University Library at the University of Illinois Urbana-
Champaign is seeking a creative, innovative, collaborative, and intellectually
curious individual to lead digital humanities services. Reporting to the Head of
Scholarly Communication and Publishing, the Digital Humanities Librarian leads
education, consultation, and outreach services for research and instruction in
the humanities and arts that employ digital technologies and data. Working with
colleagues in Scholarly Communication and Publishing as well as the Scholarly
Commons, Research Data Service, Library Information Technology, special
collections, and subject liaisons, the Digital Humanities Librarian is part of a
team of functional and subject experts that works with researchers on digital
scholarship broadly. The successful candidate will bring an inclusive vision of
digital humanities work, have enthusiasm for helping researchers and instructors
integrate collections as data in both quantitative and qualitative DH projects,
and be prepared to engage with different campus communities and work with others
to draw connections between them. The Digital Humanities Librarian should be
prepared to think broadly about digital humanities work beyond traditional
humanities departments, and they may also help integrate basic digital tools in
courses and research in disciplines beyond the humanities when their skillsets

The Digital Humanities Librarian typically serves as the initial point of
referral for humanities and affiliated researchers as they begin digital
research and teaching projects, referring to and collaborating with these other
experts as necessary. Building on a history of increasing library support for
digital humanities on campus, the librarian plays a key role in furthering
digital humanities library services, collaborating with others to fulfil needs
identified in prior and ongoing assessment activities. This role includes
working to further the development of the library’s Scholarly Commons in its new
space as a hub for digital humanities collaboration and discussion. The
librarian also collaborates with other areas of campus that provide
complementary services for digital research (including campus IT, the HathiTrust
Research Center, the Fab Lab, an emerging design center network, and others) to
provide referrals and maximize impact. The librarian is likely to play a role in
discussions by some academic programs to increase DH curricula, such as History
and the iSchool. As a faculty member, the Digital Humanities Librarian pursues
research and service that contribute to the profession as well as the library
and campus.

Duties and Responsibilities:
·        Provide both reference/referral services and in-depth research
consultations for faculty and students on digital humanities-related research,
in collaboration with colleagues;
·        Selectively participate in DH grant partnerships where the library can
make a meaningful contribution, bringing in others in the library as appropriate
and helping researchers to understand what is possible and identify alternate
approaches where necessary;
·        Design and deliver instruction to classes, research groups, and other
audiences to further digital literacy outcomes;
·        Manage humanities research data (e.g., text and media corpora from
commercial publishers) and work with relevant subject specialists, Acquisitions,
and the Scholarly Commons on requests and opportunities for new data sets based
on user interest;
·        Facilitate use of local and external library collections (including
external partners such as HathiTrust, Internet Archive, and the Biodiversity
Heritage Library) as data in digital projects, including collections in various
formats and languages;
·        Serve as the primary point of consultation for researchers across
disciplines with questions about text and data mining tools and approaches;
·        Work with librarians, library IT, and researchers to evaluate digital
scholarship tools and select and implement the most appropriate tools to meet
specific needs;
·        Work with colleagues on digital humanities-related publishing
activities and scholarly communications outreach related to digital humanities
·        Collaborate with colleagues in the Scholarly Commons, IDEA Lab, and
other units on outreach activities related to digital scholarship, and on
fostering the Scholarly Commons as a collaborative space for digital humanities
·        Assess evolving campus needs and represent the Library in campus
initiatives and activities involving digital humanities related research and
teaching, including those involving the HathiTrust Research Center, Humanities
Research Institute, the Seibel Center for Design, and possibly others as campus
engagement evolves;
·        Facilitate professional development opportunities for library faculty
and staff, including subject specialists, in digital humanities areas relevant
to their interests and responsibilities;
·        Lead policy and planning discussions related to library digital
exhibits, and teach best practices in their creation;
·        Contribute to the national and international reputation of the
University Library through professional research, service, and collaboration
with national colleagues, organizations, and consortia.

Required Qualifications:
·        ALA-accredited MS-LIS or equivalent, or a PhD in the humanities or
humanistic social sciences (completed by start date) combined with relevant
experience with digital projects;
·        Understanding the nature of work in the humanities and the breadth of
digital approaches to research and publication and of how they can reshape
research and teaching;
·        Experience with common software or programming languages used within at
least one area of digital humanities, such as text and data mining, network
analysis, or multimodal publishing;
·        Experience (including as a graduate student) designing and delivering
instruction in workshop or classroom settings;
·        Excellent oral and written communications skills;
·        Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively
with a diverse community, and manage multiple tasks effectively in a team
·        Evidence of the ability to do research, publication, and service
consonant with University standards for tenure and promotion.
Preferred Qualifications:
·        Experience teaching technology and digital literacy concepts;
·        Experience authoring or collaborating on digital humanities projects in
research or instruction;
·        Coursework or experience using a programming language, especially one
commonly used in digital humanities projects such as Python or R;
·        Demonstrated understanding of metadata standards and data curation
practices relevant to digital humanities work;
·        Familiarity with copyright and licensing issues related to digital

Appointment Information

Environment:  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library is a leader
in the delivery of user services, and active programs in information,
instructional, access, and scholarly services that help the Library to maintain
its place at the intellectual heart of the campus. The Library also holds one of
the preeminent research collections in the world, encompassing more than 13
million volumes and a total of more than 23 million items. The Library is
committed to maintaining the strongest collections and service programs
possible, and to engaging in research, development, and scholarly practice - all
of which support the University's missions of teaching, research, and public
engagement. The Library employs approximately 90 faculty members, and more than
300 academic professionals, staff, and graduate assistants. For more
information, see:
<> .

Scholarly Communication and Publishing includes digital publishing, repository
services (including the library’s institutional repository, IDEALS), copyright,
researcher profiles, scholarly communication, and digital humanities.

Salary and Rank: Minimum starting salary for faculty positions in the library is
$60,000 and is commensurate with credentials and experience.

Librarians have faculty rank, and must demonstrate excellence in librarianship,
research, and university/professional/community service in order to meet
university standards for tenure and promotion. Library faculty have an
obligation to remain professionally informed, to pursue the discovery of new
knowledge related to their field of expertise, to disseminate the results of
their scholarly work, and to seek opportunities for service to the Library,
campus, state, nation and profession. Library faculty are governed by University
statements on review and promotion found in Article IX of the Statutes, and in
Provost’s Communication No. 9
communications/communication-9-promotion-and-tenure/ and Provost’s 
Communication No. 13


Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11
annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional
13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health
insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option
to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State
Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is
refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in
additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare
portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus and Community: The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a
comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research
University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in
1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields
of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service
to the state and the nation. It employs 2,765 faculty members who serve more
than 33,000 undergraduates and 15,000 graduate and professional students. More
information about the campus is available at<>.

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Ryan Cordell | He/Him/His | Associate Professor of Information Science and
English | University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign | | | @ryancordell |

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