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dh+lib/DSWG meetup at DLF 2018

Attending the 2018 DLF Forum? Interested in chatting about libraries, archives, and museums and their intersections with digital humanities? Join dh+lib and DLF’s Digital Scholarship Working Group, for a meetup starting at 7:30 PM on Monday, October 15 at 32 Degrees at the M Resort.

Hosts include Sarah Melton (dh+lib), Roxanne Shirazi (dh+lib), Nickoal Eichmann-Kalwara (dh+lib), and Leigh Bonds (DSWG).

JOB: Geospatial Data Services Postdoctoral Fellowship (CLIR), University of Colorado Boulder

From the announcement:

The University Libraries at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks applications for a 24-month postdoctoral fellowship to focus on creating a program of research support for the current and evolving geospatial research needs of faculty and students across disciplines. The Fellow will be instrumental in planning and developing library services related to creating, locating, analyzing, and visualizing geospatial data in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop event programming and outreach initiatives across campus to support geospatial research as well as digital scholarship and research data services more generally.
  • Design and teach workshops and/or courses incorporating geospatial data topics, including data cleaning and structuring, data access, data literacy, and data visualization as well as on specific programs such as ArcGIS, Carto, QGIS and other tools.
  • Collaborate with subject librarians on creating tailored instruction and resources supporting user engagement with geospatial approaches and on responding to geospatially related data queries, including the proper citation of geospatial data.
  • Investigate needs and collaborate to expand current geospatial data curation services.

As part of a highly collaborative team in the University Libraries’ Department of Open and Digital Scholarship and CU Boulder’s Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship, this position plays a key role in the University’s educational mission by establishing strong relationships with faculty and students, and collaborating with Libraries colleagues to connect them to the resources, technologies and tools that meet their research, teaching and learning needs. The fellow will report to the director of the Department of Open and Digital Scholarship.

The Fellow will receive training, education, and professional development opportunities through the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Postdoctoral Fellowship program.

Qualifications

Required

  • PhD completed after Jan. 1, 2014, and before beginning the fellowship (see CLIR’s eligibility requirements)
  • Experience working with geospatial data for research
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently in a team environment
  • Strong verbal and written communication abilities; excellent interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Desired

  • Demonstrated commitment to and experience teaching
  • Experience with geospatial analysis using GIS analysis software or programming languages, such as ArcGIS, QGIS, R, Python, etc.
  • Familiarity with data visualization tools and techniques
  • Familiarity with data management, data cleaning, and data description including geospatial metadata

The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building and retaining a diverse workforce to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of developing and learning. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

Salary and Benefits

The salary for this position is in the range of $55,000-$65,000 plus benefits, depending on qualifications.

JOB: Developer for Digital Arts and Humanities, Bard College

From the announcement:

How does technology mediate what it means to be human?

Bard’s Experimental Humanities initiative is Bard’s liberal arts-based answer to the Digital Humanities. It emphasizes both “new” media technologies and the reconsideration of “old” media in the study of what it means to be human, as well as the role of experimentation in humanistic scholarship, learning, and the arts.

Bard College’s Center for Experimental Humanities (http://eh.bard.edu) seeks a creative and versatile software developer to design, build, and support the next generation of applications for projects in the digital arts and humanities. This developer will be an integral part of a dynamic interdisciplinary center and work closely with faculty across campus as well as academic technology services to experiment with new approaches and tools toward content creation and presentation.

Qualifications

The position requires expertise in web design & development, strong interpersonal skills, both flexibility and a self-driven work ethic, appreciation for the arts and humanities, and a passion for learning new things. Experience with tools to support digital methodologies (e.g., archiving, data-driven text analysis, new media studies, software studies, interactive mapping) and/or interest to learn will be beneficial for this position. Depending on the candidate’s background and interests, the person in this position may have the opportunity to take on some mentorship and/or training roles with Experimental Humanities faculty, staff, and students. We especially welcome candidates that are interested in linking emerging technologies with social implications relating to gender, race, class, sexual orientation and other categories and/or intersections of identity.

  • Bachelor’s degree is required;
  • Solid knowledge of Python, Javascript, PHP, SQL;
  • Experience supporting AWS / cloud solutions;
  • Front-end web design & development (HTML, CSS, Javascript);
  • Proficient using version control software (e.g., git, mercurial);
  • Intermediate UNIX systems administration skills (including experience with docker);
  • Experience deploying and customizing open source software;
  • Knowledge of web development standards, cross platform compatibility and accessibility;
  • Ability and desire to communicate with technical and non-technical audiences and prepare project documentation to support training and best practices;
  • Experience with Omeka, Adobe Creative Suite, and WordPress preferred;
  • Experience with mobile app development, prototyping, wireframing tools, design, or mapping/GIS software is desirable;
  • Experience with IT in a higher education setting desirable.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and samples of work through Interfolio.com.  Closing date for applications is November 2, 2018.

JOB: Digital Scholarship Consultant, George Mason University

From the announcement:

George Mason University Libraries is seeking a dynamic, innovative, and service-oriented individual to collaborate with colleagues on digital scholarship efforts, methods, and tools for the University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC).

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

The George Mason University Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Center (DiSC) supports the interdisciplinary teaching and learning needs in digital scholarship for students, staff and faculty, by providing digital research support in the areas of: creating, finding, and using data; data management, curation, and archiving; geographical information systems (GIS); digital scholarship methods and applications (humanities, social sciences, and sciences); digital projects planning and management; and related scholarly communication issues.

Reporting to the director of the Digital Scholarship Center, the Digital Scholarship Consultant will:

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with DiSC and University Libraries’ faculty and staff to provide digital scholarship services and to further digital scholarship and scholarly engagement;
  • Conduct research consultations and lead instruction for individuals, groups, and course-related, using digital tools and techniques supported by DiSC;
  • Provide expertise on digital humanities projects, methods, and tools;
  • Keep current on trends, tools, issues and needs in digital scholarship;
  • Partner with university faculty, staff, and relevant stakeholders to manage digital scholarship projects;
  • Promote DiSC to faculty, staff, and students through outreach and marketing;
  • Plan, facilitate, and participate in DiSC events and workshops;
  • Work either independently or as part of a team, to innovatively and effectively support digital scholarship initiatives;
  • Stays abreast of digital scholarship developments and trends in order to deepen expertise and respond to student and faculty needs.

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent, and/or related graduate degree;
  • Knowledge of research tools and methodologies in digital scholarship such as text mining and analysis, data visualization, social network analysis, GIS & mapping, etc;
  • Understanding of research trends and applications in digital humanities or digital scholarship;
  • Experience with teaching to individuals and groups;
  • Demonstrated public presentation as well as oral and written communication skills;
  • Strong project management skills;
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse academic groups;
  • Ability to build and sustain key relationships with faculty, students and professional colleagues;
  • Strong understanding of trends affecting academic librarianship including scholarly communication issues;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with multiple stakeholders in order to manage digital scholarship projects;
  • Contribute to the goals and strategic initiatives of the Libraries through leadership of and/or active participation in committees.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree, or significant coursework in a humanities discipline;
  • Demonstrated ability with Omeka Classic or Omeka-S;
  • Facility with or ability to master scripting languages utilized in digital scholarship, such as Python or R.

Appointment/Benefits: 
12-month professional faculty appointment with or without rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAACREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at library.gmu.edu for more information.

Announcement: Re-Imaginary History, Release 1.0

From the announcement:

We’re pleased to announce the next step in our ongoing project to remix the “Imagining History” project that launched at Queen’s University, Belfast in 2003. You can read our previous posts on this topic here:

https://sites.dartmouth.edu/RemixBrut/tag/reimagine-history/

Today, we are posting here a clean spreadsheet with links to all the functional manuscript descriptions available on the Internet Archive. That’s it. Stay tuned for more!

Read the full announcement here.

Announcement: Re-Imaginary History, Release 1.0

From the announcement:

We’re pleased to announce the next step in our ongoing project to remix the “Imagining History” project that launched at Queen’s University, Belfast in 2003. You can read our previous posts on this topic here:

https://sites.dartmouth.edu/RemixBrut/tag/reimagine-history/

Today, we are posting here a clean spreadsheet with links to all the functional manuscript descriptions available on the Internet Archive. That’s it. Stay tuned for more!

Read the full announcement here.

Job: Assistant Professor of African Digital Humanities, University of Kansas

From the ad:

The Department of African & African-American Studies (AAAS), in collaboration with the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) at the University of Kansas (KU), seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of African Digital Humanities to build upon the Department and Center’s 1) existing research output in digital humanities and African Studies, 2) commitment toward quality undergraduate and graduate teaching and training in African Studies, and 3) contribution toward community engagements that promote global citizenship.  The successful candidate will work alongside the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas to develop innovative and collaborative projects with Institute staff and affiliated faculty. The candidate’s digital humanities activities will include a primary focus on Africa and its diaspora by training students in digital research methods, creating public humanities projects with students, faculty, and community members, and working with other initiatives to enrich African Studies and the humanities at the University of Kansas. The search committee actively encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Assistant Professor of African Digital Humanities, University of Kansas

From the ad:

The Department of African & African-American Studies (AAAS), in collaboration with the Kansas African Studies Center (KASC) at the University of Kansas (KU), seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of African Digital Humanities to build upon the Department and Center’s 1) existing research output in digital humanities and African Studies, 2) commitment toward quality undergraduate and graduate teaching and training in African Studies, and 3) contribution toward community engagements that promote global citizenship.  The successful candidate will work alongside the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Kansas to develop innovative and collaborative projects with Institute staff and affiliated faculty. The candidate’s digital humanities activities will include a primary focus on Africa and its diaspora by training students in digital research methods, creating public humanities projects with students, faculty, and community members, and working with other initiatives to enrich African Studies and the humanities at the University of Kansas. The search committee actively encourages applications from members of groups underrepresented in higher education.

Read the full ad here.

Job: Assistant Professor of English (Cultural and Digital Rhetorics, Latinx/Chicanx Rhetorics), Humboldt State

From the ad:

Humboldt State University’s Department of English invites applications for an academic year tenure-track faculty position in Writing Practices, with an emphasis in digital and cultural rhetorics. We are particularly interested in candidates who also specialize in Chicanx and/or ethnic rhetorics. Expertise in one or more of the following is also welcome: postcolonial approaches, global and transnational rhetorics, critical race studies, ethnic studies, translation studies, translingualism and multilingualism, and/or TESL/TEFL.

Read the full ad here.

Editors’ Choice: Enslaved People in Eighteenth-century Britain – An Interview with Nelson Mundell

In today’s post, Keisha N. Blain, Senior Editor of Black Perspectives, interviews Nelson Mundell about the new online database, Runaway Slaves in Britain: Bondage, Freedom and Race in the Eighteenth Century. Mundell is a former History teacher with a MEd in Education and is finishing his history PhD thesis, “The Runaway Enslaved in Eighteenth-century Britain,” at the University of Glasgow in Scotland. The project’s home page can be found here, and the database here. Follow Mundell on Twitter @NelsonHistory.


Keisha N. Blain: Tell us more about the Runaway Slaves in Britain database. How did this project come about? How were you able to build the database?

Nelson Mundell: The Leverhulme Trust funded project has been led by Professor Simon Newman from the University of Glasgow since January 2015, and our database launched on June 1, 2018, after three-and-a-half years of work. Alongside Simon, Dr. Stephen Mullen and Dr. Roslyn Chapman have been key members of the team at different points, and I’ve been very fortunate to have worked on it all the way through as assistant researcher and PhD candidate. I’m delighted at the range of information we’ve uncovered, and this work will permit people interested in this period to explore and interrogate new information, allowing us to learn more about the enslaved and bound people who lived, worked, and sometimes sought freedom in eighteenth-century Britain.

We spent a lot of time in archives and libraries up and down Britain, poring over microfilm and—if we were lucky—original copy, as well as taking advantage of online repositories such as the Burney Collection and the British Newspaper Archive. Once we collected as much as we could, we moved onto entering it into our online database, which we had been tweaking and rearranging as the project, and our thoughts, advanced. We are really indebted to Dr. Roslyn Chapman, who replaced Stephen for the last six months, as she took this task on and delivered wonderfully.

Read the full post here.

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