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Job Opportunity: Academic Information Technology and Support Technician, Temple University Library

Academic Information Technology and Support Technician, Digital Scholarship Center

Summary:

The Temple University Libraries are seeking a creative and energetic individual to fill the position of Academic Information Technology and Support Technician. This position is an opportunity to engage with the digital humanities, digital scholarship and open source software and hardware communities. Temple’s federated library system serves an urban research university with over 1,800 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that is among the most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, visit http://www.temple.edu.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

The Academic Information Technology and Support Technician , reporting to the Librarian/Coordinator of Digital Scholarship Service Development, is a customer service minded Linux systems administrator. This position is critical to the delivery of essential applications and services for Temple University Libraries’ newly created Digital Scholarship Center (DSC). The AITST is expected to keep abreast of new and developing technologies, track ongoing trends in digital scholarship, and communicate recommendations to the Temple University community. The incumbent researches, recommends, tests and subsequently implements innovative, open source software applications that are well suited for digital scholarship activities. The AITST assists in setting priorities and timelines for these projects, and then defines and implements strategy for the projects he/she manages. They assist patrons with the migration and transformation of complex data sets, both large and small. The AITST is expected to train other library staff as well as DSC patrons on how these cutting-edge applications can be applied within a specific discipline or field of study, as well as engage patrons and maintain software that is regularly updated via the open source community. Performs related duties as assigned.

Essential Functions:

Install, upgrade, manage, and troubleshoot hardware, software, and other types of equipment that constitute the DSC server environment
Keep abreast of new and developing technologies, track ongoing trends in digital scholarship, and communicate recommendations to the Temple University community
Assist in setting priorities and timelines for these projects, and then defines and implements strategy for the projects he/she manages
Clearly and accurately report on projects on a consistent basis
Test and evaluate new software applications, hardware, and other types of equipment for use in the DSC
Train patrons, DSC and other library staff in the use of software, hardware and equipment for digital scholarship use
Provide support for software, hardware and other equipment specially designated for a DSC
Supervise student workers who assist in supporting software, hardware and other equipment in the DSC
Assist in the migration and transformation of large and small data sets for DSC, library staff and patrons
Maintain a presence in and knowledge of the open source community for relevant open source software and hardware used in the DSC
· Provide occasional after-hours support for upgrades or to respond to technical issues

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelors in Computer Science or a related field and 2 years of experience working in an academic environment. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:

· System administration skills in Linux/Apache/MySQL/PHP environments
· Demonstrated familiarity with Mac and Windows operating systems
· Demonstrated understanding of the open source community, how to communicate with it, and how to work with and maintain installations of open source software
· Strong communication skills
· Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to work with and train individuals and small groups on use of software applications
· Ability to manage one’s time and organize small-scale projects
· Ability to work well in teams
· Ability to provide occasional after-hours support for upgrades or to respond to technical issues

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

· Familiarity with software used in a variety of digital scholarship areas
· Awareness of data management and data transformation issues
· Understanding of and ability to work with and troubleshoot a local area network with a variety of devices.
Compensation:

Competitive salary and benefits package.

To apply:

To apply for this position, please visit www.temple.edu, click on Careers at Temple, and reference TU-19298. For full consideration, please submit your completed electronic application, along with a cover letter and resume. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.


Job Opportunity: Consultant for Amish Studies Research Portal

The Hess Archives and Young Center for Anabaptist Studies at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, PA (Lancaster County) is currently seeking the names of individuals who may be interested in serving as a paid, technical consultant in 2016. The College is applying for an NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources Foundations Grant, and if the grant is awarded, the consultant would help the planning team determine the technical requirements of an Amish Studies research portal. The portal will include a variety of formats, including photographs, periodicals, demographic data, and finding aids. The consultant would not be responsible for building the full site, but may be asked to assist with pilot testing.

Another component of the grant application is research on the ethical implications of documenting a group, the Amish, who selectively use technology. The technical consultant would have more limited involvement in that specific aspect of the grant but would hopefully be someone interested in this aspect.

If interested in serving as a paid, consultant on this grant, please send a message to Rachel Grove Rohrbaugh (grover@etown.edu), and include a copy of your résumé/C.V. as well as an estimate of your hourly/daily consulting fees. If the grant is awarded, the time commitment would begin in May 2016 and would require a few hours a month for several months.


Upcoming Event: ALA Webinar on Tumblr for Special Collections at the Vitale II Media Lab, Penn Library, Wednesday, June 17

PACSCL and the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies will be hosting a group attendance at the ALA webinar Tumblr for Special Collections, Wednesday June 17th starting at 2pm. The 90-minute webinar starts at 2:30, please come early for meeting and greeting! There will be a reception at 4pm, following the webinar, and all are welcome. PACSCL is paying for the webinar, you just have to show up.

We’ll be meeting in the Vitale II Media Lab, room 623 in the Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania campus. Please email me (dot.porter@gmail.com) if you plan to come, but if you forget to email yours should come anyway.

http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=11447

Full description:

Your special collections deserve the spotlight, yet even as digitization increases interest and metadata enhances discovery, special collections are too often hidden. Or worse… may look intimidating to your students. Tumblr—with its visual nature, quirky creativity, and fandom-vibe—is an easy, fun, and perfect fit for special-collections outreach.

Colleen Thiesen and the team at University of Iowa credit Tumblr with generating reading-room traffic gains, donations, and international news coverage.

In this workshop, noted Tumblarian Kate Tkacik will join Theisen in discussing topics, such as:
Setting goals for assessment and continual improvementHow to use tags to increase traffic using editorial calendars and draft queues to coordinate post from staff, students, and volunteers The “art of reblogging” or how to spread the love and connect to other social media platformsTips for getting the best photos of rare materialsCopyright and fair use—drawing from national association guidelines and local best practice statementsAnd of course, making GIFs

For an example of how to use Tumblr in libraries, see the University of Iowa’s Special Collections Tumblr at http://uispeccoll.tumblr.com


Project Launch: College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education

The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr College, in partnership with the Seven Sisters archives, announces College Women: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education (www.collegewomen.org).

With the support of a one-year Foundations planning grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the seven women’s colleges once known as the “Seven Sisters” launch CollegeWomen: Documenting the History of Women in Higher Education. College Women brings together—for the first time online—digitized letters, diaries, scrapbooks and photographs of women who attended the seven partner institutions: Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Vassar, Wellesley, and Radcliffe (now the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University). These seven colleges, historically regarded as the equivalent of the Ivy League before those schools admitted women, have long stood at the forefront of women’s higher education in the United States, educating many of the most ambitious, socially conscious, and intellectually curious women in the country. As they were exposed to the novel academic and social landscapes of college life, many of these women actively chronicled their student experiences and ambitions through extensive letter writing, diary-keeping, scrapbooking, and photography. Their materials, which document a new era of women’s campus cultures, have been preserved in the libraries of the seven schools and serve as a rich resource for understanding a wide range of issues in women’s history and beyond. College Women makes these treasures available online and searchable together for the first time, enabling researchers to consider student materials in a larger context of movements for women’s education and expanded opportunities for women in American society.

College Women is currently available in a beta version, featuring 300 photographs, letters, diaries and scrapbooks from the seven partner institutions. The institutions will be expanding the content in the coming years as more historical documents are digitized and catalogued. This innovative project also demonstrates the potential for creating new research opportunities for students and scholars when institutions collaborate on building digital collections.

The project grew out of discussions among the institutions that began in 2012, led by The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr College. In the Spring of 2014 the National Endowment for the Humanities awarded a planning grant to Bryn Mawr College on behalf of the group to develop a portal and set common standards for cataloging and indexing their collections. Staff members at the libraries of all seven institutions have worked in teams over the last year to design and test the site and develop standards for its operation.

Design and construction of the site was done by Interactive Mechanics, LLC of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The project also received advice from a team of leading scholars in the fields of women’s history, history of education, women’s archives, and the digital humanities: Ellen Gruber Garvey (New Jersey City University), Helen Horowitz (Smith College), Mary Kelley (University of Michigan), Laura Mandell (Texas A&M University), Katherine Rowe (Smith College), and Susan N. Tucker (Tulane University).

The College Women beta site has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this Web resource do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

www.collegewomen.org

For additional information, contact:

Eric Pumroy, Associate Chief Information Officer and Director of Special Collections Bryn Mawr College | epumroy@brynmawr.edu

Monica Mercado, Director of The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education at Bryn Mawr College | mmercado@brynmawr.edu


Reminder: GLAM Cafe and Philly Dh Meeting on Tuesday, June 9, at the Library Company of Philadelphia

Join us Tuesday, June 9 at Cassatt House of the Library Company of Philadelphia for the next PhillyDH meeting during GLAM Cafe! The GLAM Cafe begins at 5 with the PhillyDH meeting starting at about 6.

There will be a special presentation starting at 5:30 by Richard Newman, LCP director, and Ben Wright, assistant prof of history at UT-Dallas and the web assistant will consider these and others questions.

Abolition seminar: We will discuss online educational outreach via this mobile computing program. Abolition seminar was created with a grant from NEH and flowed from five years of funded seminars on the American Abolition movement. The website features text on abolition history, teaching resources, documents, images and maps. Since it was launched, the website has been among the most popular digital offerings of LCP.

But what does it tell us about the future of web apps at research libraries, museums and historic sites? What could we do to enhance the website now? How does it compare to those of peer institutions?


Job Opportunity: Digital Humanities Specialist Librarian, University of Pennsylvania Library

Penn Libraries seeks an innovative and collaborative Digital Humanities Specialist (DHS), initially in a four year position to facilitate digital textual research by faculty, curators, staff and students of the University of Pennsylvania and in particular the School of Arts and Sciences. This is a role for an individual with a passion for collaborative research and with a particular specialty in the application of digital technologies to the material and digital text, but with an interest in a wide range of activities within digital scholarship. The Digital Humanities Specialist will also work closely with Penn Libraries staff responsible for metadata creation, data curation, collection development, and web services, and collaboratively develop services in support of research, teaching and learning.

Duties and skills:
Reporting to the Director of Penn Libraries’ Teaching, Research, and Learning Services, the DHS will be knowledgeable of standards for the creation, management, description and preservation of digital objects. The DHS will have experience programming for textual analysis using Python, R, or similar software languages or packages, or experience creating digital editions using the Text Encoding Initiative or other text encoding standards. The DHS will work with Penn faculty, staff, students, and the international community, to facilitate the creation, use and re-use of Penn Libraries data in both instructional and research environments. The DHS will provide expert advisory services to Penn faculty and graduate students for the creation of digital textual materials, for the management of digital textual projects, and for the form of online publications, in order to create effective, innovative, sustainable digital products.

Qualifications
Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an accredited institution and a minimum of three years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong background in one or more humanities discipline. Knowledge of Library standards for digitization and metadata creation. Experience of managing digital humanities projects in an academic or Museum setting. Demonstrated research accomplishments in the Digital Humanities Demonstrated experience in one or more encoding or programming language. A demonstrated record of having the ability to thrive in team-based environments.

Quick Link http://jobs.hr.upenn.edu:80/postings/10940


Job Opportunity: Digital Humanities Specialist Librarian at University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

DIGITAL HUMANITIES SPEC. LIBRARIAN, MUSEUM LIBRARY
University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
Penn Libraries seeks an innovative and collaborative Digital Humanities Specialist in the Library of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, initially in a four year position to facilitate digital research on the Museum’s holdings by faculty, curators, staff and students of the Penn Museum and the School of Arts and Sciences. This is a role for an individual with a passion for collaborative research and with a particular specialty in the application of digital technologies to three dimensional objects and archaeological sites, but with an interest in a wide range of activities within digital scholarship. The Digital Humanities Specialist will also work closely with Penn Libraries staff responsible for metadata creation, data curation, collection development, and web services, and collaboratively develop services in support of research, teaching and learning.

Reporting to the Director of Penn Libraries’ Teaching, Research, and Learning Services, the DHS will be knowledgeable of standards for the creation, management, description and preservation of digital objects. Within the Penn Museum, the DHS will work closely with the Office of the Deputy Director which is broadly responsible for academic engagement in the Museum. The DHS will have experience with programming languages and software packages used to work with digitized three-dimensional objects and/or archaeological sites. The DHS will work with Penn faculty, staff, students, and the international community, to facilitate the creation, use and re-use of Penn Museum data in both instructional and research environments. The DHS will provide expert advisory services for the creation of digital materials, for the management of digital projects, and for the form of online publications, in order to create effective, innovative, sustainable digital products. The DHS will also organize symposia and participate in conferences and projects internationally in support of the missions of the Museum and the Library

Qualifications
Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an accredited institution and a minimum of three years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience required.

Excellent written and oral communication skills. Strong background in one or more humanities discipline. Knowledge of Library standards for digitization and metadata creation. Experience of managing digital humanities projects in an academic or Museum setting. Demonstrated research accomplishments in the Digital Humanities. Demonstrated experience in one or more encoding or programming language. A demonstrated record of having the ability to thrive in team-based environments.

Affirmative Action Statement
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.

To apply to this job follow the links at this site.


Reminder: GLAM Cafe and Philly DH Meeting, Tuesday, May 12 at the Library Company of Philadelphia

Join us Tuesday, May 12 at Cassatt House of the Library Company of Philadelphia for the next PhillyDH meeting during GLAM Cafe! The GLAM Cafe begins at 5 with the PhillyDH meeting starting at about 6. One of the main topics for us to go over is the results of the workshop survey and picking which workshops and presenters we will pursue for this year. The past few meetings has also had a group working on the phillydh website, discussing where we want phillydh to do, and breaking off into their own projects.

Before the meeting starts, Nicole Joniec and Nicole Scalessa will present a couple lightening talks for the GLAM Cafe on recent projects including www.lcpalbumproject.org and the soon to be launched Common Touch website which required a particular sensibility towards accessibility for the visually impaired.


Upcoming Event: Public Humanities 2.0, Summer Faculty Institute University of Delaware, June 1-4

This year, the University of Delaware’s Summer Faculty Institute is open to all Digital Humanists! Join faculty and staff from the mid-Atlantic region. Registration for the four day event is $25.

REGISTRATION

5 themes, 4 days, as many connections as you can make. This year’s five themes represent different facets of teaching: community engagement, critical thinking, digital humanities, digital storytelling, and engaging difference.

The four day event presents opportunities to connect with over 30 guest and UD speakers as well as consider new ideas and develop technical skills alongside familiar colleagues and new acquaintances.
Save the Dates: Summer Faculty Institute 2015, June 1-4

JUNE 1
Keynote Roundtable: Public Humanities 2.0: Cultural Heritage Research and Teaching in a Digital Age

This year’s University of Delaware’s Summer Institute
features a keynote roundtable, “Public Humanities 2.0: Cultural Heritage Research and Teaching in a Digital Age,” on June 1 (1-3 p.m.) that will be an opportunity to focus attention on the materiality of digital media and the transformations of both scholarly communication and classroom practices made possible by digital media.
Speakers include:

Jesse Stommel, University of Wisconsin
Michelle Moravec, Rosemont College
Archana Kaku, Tri-College DH Initiative
La Tanya Autry, Yale University Art Gallery
Janneken Smucker, West Chester University
Kristen Poole, University of Delaware

JUNE 2
Workshops: “Digital Humanities Assignment Design” and “Teaching with Social Media Platforms”

On June 2, workshops on “Digital Humanities Assignment Design,” and “Teaching with Social Media Platforms,” led by Professors Stommel and Moravec, will offer Summer Institute participants opportunities for guided work on their own projects.

JUNE 3
Session: “Managing Your Digital Image Resources”

On June 3, Mary Durio and Mark Grabowski, University of Delaware Library, will lead a session on “Managing Your Digital Image Resources.” Additional sessions that complement this theme will be available throughout the Summer Institute.

The “Public Humanities 2.0” track of the Summer Institute is a follow-on to the DH lecture and workshop series that has been co-sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Humanities Research Center, IT-ATS, the University of Delaware Library, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Department of English for the last several years.

Click here for more information about the Summer Faculty Institute.


Upcoming Event: ARCS Hackathon and Library Publishing Coalition Meetup, April 26

Advanced Research Communication and Scholarship

Publishing Hackathon & Library Publishing Coalition Meet-Up

Sunday April 26, 2015 6:00pm – 12:00am
Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel
220 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-735-6000

Limited Capacity filling up

Less yack, more hack

The ARCS publishing hackathon and Library Publishing Coalition meetup will bring together anyone and everyone who’s passionate about changing scholarly publishing for the better, regardless of technical ability. Self-formed teams will build apps, write papers, and tackle a number of other publishing-related projects. The only limit is your imagination. Join us!

We seek thinkers, developers, activists and experts of all stripes to join us for a Publishing Hackathon and Library Publishing Coalition meetup. This event will bring together anyone and everyone who’s passionate about changing scholarly publishing for the better, regardless of technical ability.

Here’s the scoop
At the start of the hackathon, we’ll work together to set the agenda for the night. Our moderators, a group of librarians, technologists, publishers, and entrepreneurs, will help us draw out, connect, and prioritize ideas and challenges. From there, we’ll break into self-formed groups to engage the problems and innovations we’ve decided to tackle. We’ll write papers, build apps, plan, and partner. The only limit is your imagination!

We’ll end the night with a wrap-up, sharing what we accomplished and where we can go next. The ARCS hackathon will be fun, creative, and lively! Our mission is to improve scholarly communication by catalyzing new ideas, collaborations, and outcomes. Join us!

RSVP Now
You do not have to be registered to attend the hackathon and LPC meetup, but please be sure to RSVP here: http://bit.ly/1NBWfH4

Sunday April 26, 2015 6:00pm – 12:00am
Chestnut Room


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