Job Opportunity: Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology at the American Philosophical Society

Position Opening: Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology

About the Library

The American Philosophical Society (APS) is an internationally recognized center for research in the history of science, early America, Native American linguistics, and anthropology. The Library houses over 13 million manuscripts, 350,000 volumes and bound periodicals, 250,000 images, and thousands of hours of audio material. The Society’s Digital Library holds thousands of images, video files, and audio recordings representing the depth and breadth of the APS collections. We are located in historic Old City Philadelphia, near Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

About the Center for Digital Scholarship

The APS Center for Digital Scholarship serves the mission of the APS Library by advancing three fundamental areas: (1) building digital projects that promote and share the library’s holdings; (2) developing new tools to meet contemporary challenges in Library Science; and (3) strategically digitizing Library material. The Center has a growing portfolio of successful projects in each area. Recent additions to this portfolio include a set of visualization apps analyzing a suite of historic prison data, a data-driven recommendation tool for manuscript collections, and a robust digital library presence.
The APS Center for Digital Scholarship is collaborative in nature, and is the home to a vibrant and growing intellectual community that includes library and curatorial staff and fellows, short-term Digital Humanities Fellows, Digital Library Interns, and volunteers. Staff at the Center also maintain the Society’s technology infrastructure and plan for growth.

About the Position

The APS Library seeks a leader in the field of digital scholarship and library technology to continue the success and growth of the Center for Digital Scholarship. The Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology will work with the Director of the Library to establish strategic directions for the future, execute new projects, and forge partnerships with other institutions.On a day-to-day basis, this position will oversee all digitization efforts, work on specialized digital projects, and assist staff, Digital Humanities Fellows, and other researchers with digital initiatives. Additional tasks include managing various IT contractors.
As a leader of a small team, the Head of Digital Scholarship and Technology will take a hands-on approach to all initiatives and have the experience to successfully execute them.
Experience in digital humanities and library technology is expected. A demonstrated interest in a core collection area of the Library is highly preferred.

Required Qualifications

Minimum three years of experience working in digital humanities and/or library technology, preferably more and with management experience
MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, MA with ACA certification, or Ph.D. in a field related to APS holdings and with relevant experience
Demonstrated experience building digital exhibitions, websites, or other online tools
Knowledge of cataloging and descriptive standards, especially EAD-XML, Dublin Core, MODS, and/or RDF
Demonstrated experience with digital repositories, digital object cataloging, and/or working in an academic library with a strong digital program
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work successfully in a collaborative team environment
Strong analytical and problem solving skills and the ability to formulate options and recommend solutions

Preferred Qualifications

Staff management and experience with working with contractors and consultants
Experience with digital library software, especially Islandora, Drupal, and/or Fedora
Experience with data manipulation tools, especially OpenRefine
Experience with GIS software and tools
Experience with library reference and/or public service
Experience with manuscript processing

Pay and Benefits

The Society offers a competitive benefits package, including:
Employer paid health insuranc
TIAA-CREF retirement matching funds
Dental insurance
Life and Disability insurance
Paid Days Off
Compensation will be commensurate with experience and reflect the management responsibilities of the position.For further inquiries, please email ashelton@amphilsoc.org.

To Apply

Submit a resume or CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references to: http://apply.interfolio.com/47662.
The American Philosophical Society is an EOE, and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Deadline to apply: January 15. Interviews will take place via Skype and final round interviews may involve a campus visit. Ideal start date is sometime in the spring of 2018 with some flexibility.


Job Opportunity: Community and Public Data Curation Fellow at University of Pennsylvania

University of Pennsylvania
Community and Public Data Curation Fellow

The Community and Public Data Curation Fellow will help the library develop new capacities for supporting community and public data. As a complement to the Data Curation Librarian, whose work focuses on helping Penn faculty and students manage data produced within the University Community, the Community and Public Data Curation Fellow will work on a Penn project that focuses on stewarding data that is produced and published beyond the University walls. Specifically, we have identified two projects that will expand our capacity to care for and curate valuable and vulnerable data that may be beyond the scope of the library’s collections. One project will focus on supporting government publishers, and the other project will focus on supporting community publishers and collectors in Philly neighborhoods. Each project is tied to an ongoing library collaboration with Penn faculty members. In the first project, the fellow will join in and expand on Data Refuge, an effort to support the long-term safety of environmental and climate data published by local, state, and federal governments. In the second project, the fellow will partner with faculty in the School of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education who are building an archive of Black Philly by helping to care for vulnerable data published by members of the Black community in Philadelphia, especially in neighborhoods that are rapidly changing due to gentrification and other forces.

As Community and Public Data Curation fellow, the incumbent will help the library responsibly and creatively build and expand sustainable models for the care of vulnerable collections of data, even in cases where Penn Libraries may not take these collections in for the long term. As partners to the owners and publishers of this data, applicants should have experience working in open public partnerships in a social science, government or scientific context, and facility working within and across institutional boundaries. They should also have a demonstrated commitment to ethical methods in the stewardship of community materials. An understanding of the standards of data curation and management, and of the varieties of digital scientific and open data standards will also be important.

Responsibilities:

Help the Penn Libraries establish the boundaries and understand the level of effort and partnerships necessary for the curation of public open data, and some forms of community data
Collaborate with faculty and collaborators in the Graduate School of Education and Africana Studies Department working on the Black Philly project to identify and support the curation of data related to changing neighborhoods in Philadelphia
Participate in the continuation of the Data Refuge project through connections with state and local government open data publishers and collaborators
Participate in Data Refuge storytelling efforts in collaboration with the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities
Provide support for the digitization and description of community records that may or may not enter institutional collections
Collaborate with community members, bibliographers, and curators at Penn Libraries and other local institutions to identify potential partnerships in the long term stewardship of some materials
Collaborate with colleagues in Data Curation Librarian, Library Technology Services, and Preservation to establish appropriate workflows for ingestion of materials into institutional systems where appropriate
Support development efforts for new and improved repository and publishing platforms within the Penn Libraries to support community and government created data

Qualifications:

PhD in relevant field and demonstrated interest in public and community scholarship
Understanding of data curation and management basics
Demonstrated commitment to ethical methods in the stewardship of community materials

Salary and Benefits

Annual salary of $70,000 using 12 month-appointment calendar
Competitive benefits package


Job Opportunity: Library Applications Developer at the Chemical Heritage Foundation

Library Applications Developer

The Chemical Heritage Foundation is seeking a full-time Library Applications Developer. The Library Applications Developer will work with CHF’s digital collections team to develop software that manages, preserves and provides access to CHF’s diverse digital assets drawn from its Library, Museum, and Center for Oral History. The Library Applications Developer will also be involved in all technical aspects related to the customization, maintenance, and deployment of the open source digital repository system Samvera (formerly Hydra, a technology stack comprising Fedora Commons, Solr, Blacklight, and Ruby on Rails). The Library Applications Developer may also write, maintain, document and troubleshoot code for customizing other open source software and applications, such as ArchivesSpace. This is an exciting opportunity to work on cutting-edge projects with a collaborative team and to contribute back to open source communities by pushing code upstream whenever possible. This position is based at our Philadelphia HQ office, but the option of working remotely is available if the ideal candidate lives outside of the geographical area.

The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:

  • Bachelor degree in Computer Science or related field.
  • Two to five years of professional work experience as a software developer.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in a major web language such as Ruby, Python, or PHP
  • Previous experience working with some of the following technologies:
      Apache, Solr, SQL(postgres preferred), Major web framework such as Ruby on Rails or Django, RESTful web APIs, Standards-compliant HTML and CSS, JavaScript, including Jquery, Linux command-line, Version control with Git and GitHub
  • Familiarity with a variety of data exchange formats, including XML, RDF and/or JSON.
  • Strong communication skills, including an ability to communicate effectively with non-specialists.
  • Motivation for self-directed learning of new technologies.
  • Previous work experience in a library, museum or other cultural heritage institution is a plus.
  • Some experience with Samvera or a similar collection management system is a plus.

To be considered for this position, please send cover letter with salary expectations, resume/CV and contact information for 3 professional references to LibAppDev…@chemheritage.org.


Job Opportunity: Post-Doc at American Philosophical Society

The American Philosophical Society (APS) Library invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral fellowship to research the history of the APS and create an interactive web-based timeline and other special digital exhibits for its 275th anniversary in 2018. The successful candidate will identify key events in the institution’s history, important documents related to this history, and other pertinent information, and then work with Library staff to develop and publish an interactive timeline. In addition, the fellow will be expected to digitize archival materials and work on developing other web-based resources to celebrate the Society’s history.

Applicants with training and research interests in the digital humanities, American history, the history of science, or intellectual history are especially encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate will have experience with the development of digital resources and a demonstrated interest in working in a library environment.

Applications will be accepted through August 27, 2017. The start date is early fall, ideally before October. Applicants must have defended their dissertation before beginning employment.

Salary: $45,000 per year + benefits.

For more information and link to application go to: https://www.amphilsoc.org/vacancies/timelinepostdoc


Internship at Villanova Digital Library

The Villanova Digital Library, part of Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial Library, located in Villanova PA, has available a dynamic and innovative internship position for the Academic Year 2017-2018. The primary mission of Villanova’s Digital Library is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. These include materials such as medieval manuscripts, letters, typescripts, books, photographs, maps, sheet music, posters and broadsides, newspapers.

More details & apply: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/11815


Post-Doc Opportunity: Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities at the Price Lab, University of Pennsylvania

The Price Lab invites applications for the 2018–2019 Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities. Awards are available to untenured scholars in the humanities whose PhD must have been received between December 2009 and December 2017. The DH Fellow is required to spend the ten-month academic year (August 2018 – May 2019) in residence at Penn. Fellows are not expected to be in residence during the summer. Fellows have the option to renew the fellowship for a second year if they wish to stay but are not required to do so.

This fellowship is designed to provide an early career scholar with time and support for research, so teaching and other responsibilities are light. Fellows will teach one class during each year of the fellowship, topic and syllabus to be determined in consultation with the Lab’s directors and the Undergraduate Chair of the relevant department. In addition, fellows will lend their advice and expertise on projects that fall into their areas of interest, and will provide assistance at occasional Price Lab workshops and bootcamps.

The PhD is the only eligible terminal degree. MFAs and other doctorates such as EdD are ineligible. In addition to scholars from the core humanities disciplines, those in related fields such as anthropology and the history of science are eligible to apply. Additional educational background in programming, library sciences, computer graphics, computational linguistics, or other fields relevant to digital humanities research is desirable but not required. We welcome applicants from outside the US who are eligible for appointment under a J-1 visa (Research Scholar status). No exceptions can be made and the Price Lab reserves the right to revoke a fellowship if the recipient is unable to meet this condition.

The Mellon Fellow will be affiliated with both the School of Arts and Sciences and the Penn Libraries, and will participate in the biweekly Price Lab Mellon Seminar. The fellow will pursue their own research project, presenting this work at the seminar, while also contributing to team-based projects at the Lab, and teaching one DH course during the year in the undergraduate College. (While the application requires a brief sample course description, actual specifications of the class will be worked out with the Price Lab’s Managing Director.)

The Mellon DH Fellowship carries an annual stipend of $58,350 plus single-coverage health insurance (fellows are responsible for coverage of any dependents).

Information on How To Apply.


Job Opportunities at Temple University Libraries

There are two job opportunities at Temple University Libraries Technology Development Group:

1) Senior Library Applications Developer

The Temple University Libraries Technology Development group is growing, and we are seeking a Senior Library Applications Developer to work with us as we plan the future of our online environment. This exciting position provides the opportunity for telecommuting, in addition to competitive salary, and excellent benefits.

Reporting to the Lead Technology Developer and working in close collaboration with other developers and colleagues, the Senior Applications Developer develops and maintains the technological infrastructure for library systems, which includes discovery layer development (Blacklight), digital repository development facilitating preservation of large collections of rare materials (Hydra), coordinating development and integrations with Content Management Systems (Drupal/WordPress) and supporting digital scholarship and digital publishing initiatives.

The Senior Developer plays a substantial role in coordinating the development of the library systems architecture as a whole, and thinks strategically about IT infrastructure and software platform choices. Takes a significant leadership role in overall management of projects. Gathers requirements and develops specifications, architects, implements, tests, and deploys projects. When appropriate, contributes the code generated to the open source community. Maintains awareness of developments in the realm of library-related software and infrastructure. May supervise other developers (full-time staff or part-time student employees). Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education & Experience:
BS in Computer Science or related field and two years of relevant experience.
Demonstrated experience with application development in at least one major programming language like Ruby/Rails, Javascript, Python, PHP, or Java.
Expertise with web-based development and software integrations, for instance using REST APIs, and JSON or XML for data interoperability.
Demonstrated experience with Unix/Linux, including basic administration, shell scripting, and authentication and authorization technologies, including LDAP and Oauth.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated ability to perform effective code testing.
Strong organizational skills.
Demonstrated ability to manage projects.
Strong interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
Demonstrated ability to write clear documentation.
Experience with a repository system, such as Hydra/Islandora, a CMS like Drupal or an exhibit curation system like Omeka.

Compensation:
Competitive salary and benefits package, including possible relocation allowance. Telecommuting arrangements will be considered for this position.

To apply:
To apply for this position, please visit www.temple.edu, click on Careers At Temple at the bottom of the home page, and reference 17000067. 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.

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2) Library Applications Developer

The Temple University Libraries Technology Development group is growing, and we are seeking a Library Applications Developer to work with us as we plan the future of our online environment. In addition to competitive salary and excellent benefits, this position can provide an excellent opportunity for a tech-savvy professional to receive mentoring from senior developers with experience in full stack application development in a library setting.

Reporting to the Lead Technology Developer and working closely with others in the Technology Development Department, the Library Applications Developer develops web applications and helps maintain the technological infrastructure for Temple University’s library systems environment, which includes discovery layer development (Blacklight), website development (Drupal/Omeka), preserving and delivering large collections of digital objects (Hydra), and supporting digital humanities and scholarly communication initiatives throughout the Library. Performs other duties as assigned.

Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or related field and at least one year of experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated experience with application development in at least one major programming language such as Ruby/Rails, Javascript, Python, PHP, or Java
Experience with MySQL or other database management systems

Skills and Abilities:
Strong organizational and interpersonal skills.
Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment, and to communicate well with IT and non-IT staff.
Experience with project requirements gathering.
Demonstrated ability to perform effective code testing and to write clear documentation.
Commitment to responsive and innovative service.

Compensation:
Competitive salary and benefits package, including possible relocation allowance. Telecommuting arrangements will be considered for this position.

To apply:
To apply for this position, please visit www.temple.edu, click on Careers At Temple at the bottom of the home page, and reference 17000070. 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.


Digital Job Opportunities in Libraries

There are a couple of recent postings for digital-related jobs in local university libraries.

The University of Delaware Library is seeking a Digital Scholarship Librarian. Information about the posting may be found at https://careers.insidehighered.com/job/1310557/digital-scholarship-librarian/

The Falvey Library at Villanova University is seeking a Library Technology Developer. Information about the posting may be found at https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/10193

Though not specifically requiring digital skills, the Library Company of Philadelphia is also seeking an African American History Subject Specialist and Reference Librarian. Information about that posting may be found at http://www.librarycompany.org/about/employment.htm


Internship Opportunity at Villanova Library

The Villanova Digital Library, part of Villanova University’s Falvey Memorial
Library, located in Villanova PA, has available a dynamic and innovative internship position for the Spring 2017 academic semester. The primary mission of Villanova’s Digital Library is accomplished through the ongoing development, maintenance, and preservation of digital collections and online digital library resources. These include materials such as medieval manuscripts, letters, typescripts, books, photographs, maps, sheet music, posters and broadsides, newspapers.

Interns will work a 20 hour work week. During the course of the 20 week internship, an intern will follow a project through the development life cycle and will acquire and enhance digital project management skills. Activities may include image preparation and quality control, metadata creation (possibly including text encoding), transcription, scanning, web site development, student supervision, computer programming, and interface evaluation. In addition, the intern will have the opportunity to assist in digital preservation activities.

Paid: $15 per hour

Transcripts are required; unofficial copies may be included electronically with originals provided if granted an interview. All applications must include the contact information for at least one reference who will receive a secure email to upload a confidential letter of recommendation when the application is submitted.

Apply online at: https://jobs.villanova.edu/postings/10072


Job Opportunity: Digital Assets Coordinator, Hagley Museum and Library

Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, DE, seeks a full-time Digital Assets Coordinator. Hagley is
an independent research library devoted to documenting the history of American business, technology,
and industrial design.

The successful candidate will work in the Library’s Audiovisual Collections and Digital Initiatives
Department to assist us in our mission to produce, preserve, and provide access to digital records for
current and future generations of researchers. Hagley has a significant collection of digital surrogates that
are available at digital.hagley.org and a growing collection of born-digital records offline. The Digital
Assets Coordinator will work with the Curator of Audiovisual and Digital Collections to ensure long-term
access and preservation of Hagley’s digital records collections.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES
• Serve as Hagley’s manager of born-digital records and digital surrogates; facilitate their
creation/acquisition, processing, storage, and preservation.
• Manage and facilitate access to electronic records via Hagley’s digital asset management
infrastructure.
• Manage a large and growing collection of surrogates produced from Hagley’s analog collections;
manage digitization and processing projects; assist with selection and oversee metadata for
archived web content; migrate born-digital data to preservation formats; and produce metadata for
digital content.
• Supervise and train interns and volunteers supporting digital collection projects.
• Train staff on using digital tools for processing and preservation.

REQUIREMENTS:
• Masters degree in library science or public history, with a concentration in archives management
or a graduate degree in a related field or significant and relevant work experience.
• Working knowledge of platforms for storing and managing digital assets (experience with
Islandora is highly preferred).
• Ability to identify, install, and configure digital tools to improve processing workflow, access,
and preservation of digital assets.
• Thorough knowledge of current trends in the archival profession in regards to e-records and
digital asset management.
• Project management experience.

PREFERENCES:
• Significant work experience in an historical or cultural institution. Prior archival experience or
demonstrated ability to process, preserve, and service collections, particularly electronic records.
• Experience digitizing and creating metadata for a wide variety of formats, including moving
picture images and sound recordings.
• Experience with the following: Amazon AWS, Drupal, XTF, Archivist’s Toolkit /
ArchivesSpace, Archivematica, FTK, BitCurator, Python, Open Refine, TreeSize, DROID,
JHOVE, Cygwin, and other software and platforms that serve similar functions.
• Knowledge of metadata standards such as MODS, BEXT, EAD, Dublin Core, MARC XML,
PBCore, and IPTC.
• Basic programming/scripting experience.

Send resume and cover letter to:
Hagley Museum and Library
Yvonne Dalton, Personnel Support Services Manager
P.O. Box 3630
Wilmington, DE 19807
ydalton@hagley.org

Review of applications will begin on November 2, 2015 and preliminary phone interviews with qualified
candidates will follow. The job will remain open until filled.


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