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Assistant Research Scholar: Digital Initiatives

New York University, Division of Libraries
New York, United States
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 28, 2019

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Humanities, History
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University seeks an Assistant Research Scholar to help develop, implement, and extend its digital projects and to participate in the scholarly life of the ISAW community. A key component of the ISAW Library’s mission is to provide access to and support for new and innovative forms of digital scholarship, scholarly communication, and pedagogy in the ancient studies. The Assistant Research Scholar will help the ISAW Library fulfill this charge by collaborating with a diverse group of academic professionals at ISAW and the NYU Division of Libraries on projects related to all or some of the following: digital libraries (e.g., the Ancient World Digital Library and Ancient World Image Bank); linked-data bibliography; digital publication; mapping projects (e.g., Pleiades); archaeological databases; digital preservation and repository projects for ancient studies scholarship; and instruction in a variety of digital tools and techniques, with the aim of helping ISAW faculty, students, and visiting research scholars take full advantage of emerging digital resources and techniques in their research and teaching. The Assistant Research Scholar will be expected to develop or pursue an independent research agenda in any area of ancient studies and library or information studies or the digital humanities. As a member of the ISAW Library team, the Assistant Research Scholar will also have core responsibilities in library operations, bibliographic and grant research, public services, and special projects associated with ISAW’s print collection and public programming.

The Assistant Research Scholar, Digital and Special Projects is a full time, two-year appointment in the ISAW Library, with the possibility of renewal for a third year. 

Under the supervision of the Head of the ISAW Library, the Assistant Research Scholar, Digital Initiatives will:

  • Participate in the planning and implementation of all ISAW Library digital and special projects and assist with library programming concerning digital initiatives (e.g., ISAW Library conferences, Linked Ancient World Data Initiative workshops, etc.)
  • Help create and manage metadata for ISAW digital collections, including the Ancient World Digital Library and the Digital Central Asian Archaeology collection, with consideration of rights management and in accordance with applicable international standards and local policies
  • Perform bibliographic analysis and provide other research support in connection with collection development and special projects
  • Write and document code for managing data-driven library projects and build web applications and/or sites for publishing this data
  • Work closely with colleagues, staff, and faculty to help develop and provide high-quality and relevant public services and instruction for the ISAW community, including leading instruction workshops and supporting credit-bearing courses in digital humanities, like GA-3024 (“Introduction to Digital Humanities for the Ancient World”)
  • Participate in all regular operations, activities, and projects of the ISAW Library as a full member of the ISAW Library staff

At the Division of Libraries, we are proud of our organizational culture and we are committed to building and sustaining a diverse, inclusive, and equitable organization that supports a sense of belonging for the staff and communities we serve. For more about our values, see

About NYU Libraries

Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 59,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating with and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and our “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participate in a variety of consortia, including The Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium (PALCI), Eastern Academic Scholars Trust (EAST) and OCLC SHARES. The Libraries collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium. View NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan.



  • Graduate degree in a field related to ISAW’s academic mission
  • Experience with metadata processing, batch-loading, and transformation tools such as MarcEdit, Oxygen XML Editor, OpenRefine, XSLT
  • Proficiency in a programming language such as Python, R, and/or Ruby
  • Familiarity with emerging trends in resource description, access, and open scholarly practices
  • Familiarity with collaborative open-source development using tools such as GitHub
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, organizational and instructional skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team of mixed professionals in a high-intensity academic environment


  • ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS
  • Familiarity with metadata in a digital library environment and/or traditional MARC-based systems
  • Experience with library uses of non-MARC metadata schemas, best practices, and their applications, such as Linked Open Data (LOD), MODS, RDF, and XML
  • Experience with digital mapping and major tools (e.g., QGIS, ArcGIS, Leaflet)
  • Experience with digital imaging and on-line dissemination of imagery (e.g., IIIF)
  • Ability to work with a web framework (such as Flask, Django, Ruby on Rails) or a site generator (such as Jekyll)
  • Working knowledge of languages relevant to the scope of scholarship at ISAW.

Salary/Benefits: Salary commensurate with experience and background. Attractive benefits package.

To Apply:  To ensure consideration, submit your resume and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: Applications will be reviewed by early March. All applications be considered until the position is filled.

EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

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