Job: NYU, Digital Scholarship Specialist

The job posting below came out on several email lists and is available on NYU’s site. To me, this job description is a nice model for enhancing the traditional Institutional Repository Coordinator/Librarian type position to reflect the range of needs, especially as related to digital publishing.

Job Work Location: US
Position Title: Digital Scholarship Specialist
Posting Date: 07-29-2013
Posting Number: 20095352
Band: 53 – Manager
Level: I-Intermediate
Category: Administrative/Professional
Position Summary: NYU Division of Libraries is developing a unit and Publishing Services to provide services for our faculty and graduate students. The Digital Scholarship Specialist will join that unit to provide client service, technical expertise, training, and support for tools and practices that are used by faculty and researchers engaged with digital scholarship and publishing, with a particular focus on the digital humanities. The Digital Scholarship and Publishing Services team works collaboratively with staff throughout NYU Libraries and NYU Information Technology Services, including the Digital Studio, Data Services, Digital Library Technology Services, Libraries subject specialists, and NYU Abu Dhabi Library.
This position reports to the Librarian for Digital Scholarship Initiatives and will also work under the guidance of the Program Officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing.
Key Responsibilities: 
Our mission is to provide engaging, responsive, and human-centered services connecting the global NYU community to the resources they need for digital scholarship and publishing. In support of that mission, the Digital Scholarship Specialist will work with the team to:

  • Provide customer service for digital publishing, possibly including WordPress, Omeka, ARTstor/Shared Shelf, Open Journal Systems, Scalar, etc.
  • Act as primary service contact for NYU’s DSpace institutional repository, the Faculty Digital Archive.
  • Advise on metadata creation related to publishing and repository services.
  • Help scholars use common digital humanities tools and methods, such as text scanning, OCR, and text analysis; data visualization; audio and video production; etc.
  • Advise clients on website development, including content production, website architecture, hosting platforms, content migration, etc.
  • Provide training in digital scholarship tools and methods.
  • Provide client service in the Digital Studio.
  • Manage projects to deploy new tools and services.
  • Evaluate user needs and service gaps; test new tools, platforms, and software with an eye to potential deployment at NYU; stay current on tools, trends, and methods to enhance services.
  • Participate in outreach and promotional events, maintain our web presence for digital scholarship services, using social media, etc.

Qualifications/Required Education: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience.
Preferred Education: Master’s degree
Required Experience: 3 years experience in an academic environment supporting digital scholarship technologies and methods, information technology and training, digital publishing, repository services, or related fields as well as experience using repository tools (DSpace, Fedora, etc), publishing platforms (WordPress, Omeka, etc) and html/css
Preferred Experience: Experience with project management. Experience teaching in a library environment as well as experience in OCR, Photoshop and media digitization (imaging, audio, video).
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:(include unique competencies, certification, licenses, etc.): Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, client service and orientation skills and project management skills. Willingness to take responsibility.
Preferred Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:(include unique competencies, certification, licenses, etc.): Metadata use in libraries or digital humanities contexts, and knowledge ofOpen Journal Systems. Knowledge of digital humanities methods, programming and scripting languages (mysql, php, xml, xslt, javascript, ruby, python), and social media platforms.
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