Digital Matters Librarian at University of Utah- Salt Lake City, UT

The Marriott Library at the University of Utah seeks a Digital Matters Librarian to work in conjunction with the emerging Digital Matters Lab and its Director, as well as in conjunction with existing scholarly communications services, to facilitate digital scholarship across the University. The ideal candidate will provide technical expertise, training, and support for digital studies tools and methods used by faculty and scholars engaged with computationally enhanced research and pedagogy, cultural criticism & theory, and IT-based research, with a particular focus on the digital humanities, fine arts, architecture, and urban planning.

Marriott Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, a program uniting academic libraries who share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Position Description:
The Digital Matters Librarian will coordinate digital studies activities particularly through specialized reference, consulting, education, and project development services to students, faculty, and researchers at the University of Utah. They will establish and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and researchers to advance the mission of the Digital Matters Lab. As required by Marriott Library and the University of Utah, this tenure-track faculty member will engage in significant research activity that produces scholarship or creative works which contribute to the national and international conversation relevant to librarianship or library and information science.

The successful candidate will:
• Provide digital research consultations for University of Utah students and faculty and promote these services to relevant academic departments.
• Evaluate existing tools and technologies, and investigate emerging technologies to identify potential uses in digital scholarship.
• Conduct presentations, class instruction, and workshops on topics related to digital studies.
• Report to, and work with, the Digital Matters Lab Director to shape services, instruction, identity, and outreach for the University of Utah’s Digital Matters Lab.
• Collaborate with colleagues in the Digital Matters Lab and the Marriott Library to develop and promote innovative digital scholarship projects and services across campus, throughout Utah, and the broader community.
• Employ communication, analytical, organizational, project management, problem-solving, and time management skills.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
• ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or the equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience working in a digital library setting.
• Three years of increasingly responsible library experience and success in development of digital projects and/or other library initiatives.
• Demonstrated knowledge of “leading edge” digital studies technologies along with related issues such as copyright, metadata, data management, and scholarly communication.
• Familiarity with scripting languages, metadata schemas, and computational methods used in digital scholarship projects.
• Demonstrated ability to teach groups and individuals, as well as create learning objects.
• Demonstrated, successful application of communication, analytical, organizational, problem-solving, and time management skills and the ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously.
• Excellent written and verbal skills and strong interpersonal skills.
• Capacity to thrive in the fast-paced, future-oriented environment of a research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
• Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, with the potential to achieve promotion and tenure, as demonstrated by a record of research and scholarship and/or an ability to clearly articulate a research agenda.
• Successful completion of a criminal background check, as required by Utah state law (

Preferred Qualifications:
• 2nd Master’s degree or PhD in related field.
• Experience with text mining, data visualization applications, GIS, augmented reality, and/or data management.
• Successful history of writing and implementing grant funded work.
• Familiarity with cultural criticism & theory research methods.
• Experience with research analysis technologies to support digital scholarship and learning.
• Reading, writing, or speaking skills in a second language.
• One year of supervisory experience of full-time employees.
• Experience creating user-friendly documentation and training programs.

Compensation: $53,000 to $64,000 dependent on qualifications, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution to TIAACREF/Fidelity, outstanding medical and dental coverage, and ample and flexible paid sick and vacation time.

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by October 3, 2017

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