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

To Apply

Submit a resume or CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references to:
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.


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