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Digital Humanities Librarian

University of South Dakota
Vermillion, South Dakota
$64,000-$74,000 annually
Posted Date
Apr 26, 2023

The University Libraries seek a teacher, scholar and public historian who will serve as the Digital Humanities Librarian and advance the teaching, research and service mission of the University of South DakotaThis newly-created position will lead a university-wide digital humanities initiative that will engage students, support faculty, advance open access to the humanities collections of the University Libraries, develop partnerships across the state of South Dakota, and secure substantial external funding to sustain a programmatic effort.

The University of South Dakota’s digital humanities initiative will include connecting to and building upon an existing federally-funded Digital Documentary Editions program with the objective of developing and sustaining a new Digital Documentary Editions program that focuses on the Indigenous and Settler Colonial histories of the Northern Great Plains, and especially South Dakota. Within this broad objective, the Digital Humanities Librarian will both sustain and advance an existing NHPRC/NEH-funded Digital Documentary Editions program; develop a Digital Documentary Editions project focused on the Northern Great Plains during the 19th Century and secure funding to launch such a program at the University of South Dakota; and develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the theory and practice of digital humanities.

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries and as a member of the University Libraries faculty, the Digital Humanities Librarian will carry librarianship, teaching, scholarship and service assignments.

The Digital Humanities Librarian will work closely with the heads of Archives and Special Collections, the South Dakota Oral History Center, and the Digital Imaging Lab, all of which are located in I.D. Weeks Library, to advance open access to archival and oral history collections. The Digital Humanities Librarian will collaborate with faculty across the schools and colleges, especially the College of Arts and Sciences, to develop a digital humanities curriculum.

Minimum Qualifications include:

  • Ph.D. in History, or a Masters in Library & Information Science (MLIS) from an ALA-accredited program and a graduate degree in the humanities. Experience and increasing levels of responsibility with a National Historical Publications and Records Commission’s (NHPRC) Digital Editions project. Knowledge of the NHPRC Digital Editions program, including its objectives and funding priorities. A record of university-level teaching and scholarship in 19th century U.S. history, and specifically the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Experience in documentary editing. Experience in using descriptive metadata schemas. Experience with digital humanities methodologies and tools in one or more of the following areas: textual analysis, mapping, timelines, multimedia exhibits, online collections, podcasting, or oral histories. Evidence of a strong public service orientation, ability to work independently, problem-solving skills, and strong oral/written communication skills.

Desirable Qualifications include:

  • A record of securing grants and funding for humanities projects and scholarship. Engaging students in developing digital humanities projects. Managing and supervising graduate assistants. A record of curriculum development.

To apply, see and submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter addressing required qualifications, and provide contact information for at least 3 professional references.

U.S. sponsorship is not available for this position.

Review of applications will begin on 5/19/2023 and continue until the position is filled.

USD is committed to fostering a dynamic and welcoming working and learning environment for all. USD provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to ideological, political, or sectarian opinions or perspectives; or race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, disability, national origin or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. USD is committed to the principles of free expression and encourages the timely and rational discussion of topics in an environment that is intellectually and ideologically diverse.

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