Job (Come work at the UF Libraries; We're awesome!): Digital Scholarship Associate (Library Associate 2)

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POSITION: Digital Scholarship Associate (Library Associate 2)
REPORTS TO: Associate Chair, Library West
SALARY: 37,500 annually. Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials
JOB NO: 493710
DEADLINE DATE: October 8, 2015
ATTENTION: Standard hours: Monday Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (40 hours per week). May be required to work additional and/or evening hours occasionally to support events and needs of the Digital Humanities Libraries Group’s training efforts and other initiatives.
JOB SUMMARY The Digital Scholarship Associate (DS Associate) ensures coordinated and consistent activities for instruction and outreach in Library West, especially in regards to the new and expanded needs for support with digital humanities and digital scholarship. The DS Associate is responsible for coordinating and supporting Library West’s web and social media presence, the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio, trainings and activities related to digital humanities and digital scholarship as centered in Library West and across the Libraries, and in providing support to academic faculty collaborating with the Libraries on digital humanities efforts. The DS Associate will also serve as a member of the instruction and outreach team to provide reference and instructional services. The person in this position will perform research assistance duties such as staffing the public service desk and Ask-A-Librarian. Attends state and national conferences on an annual basis.
Digital scholarship support

  • Manages the Scott Nygren Scholars Studio (Library West 212), maintaining the space and technology.
  • Schedules and holds lab hours in the Studio for 10 lab hours each week.
  • Collaborates with librarians interested in digital humanities and closely with the Instruction & Outreach Coordinator.
  • Demonstrates understanding and works toward proficiency in core digital humanities software installed in the Studio.
  • Assists members of the UF community and instructs on use of the equipment and software available in the studio. Offers regular trainings on digital humanities software.
  • Engages and participates in digital humanities and scholarship projects with librarians and library staff.
  • Stays current in best practices for digital scholarship and is familiar with a wide variety of academic digital projects across the nation and world.
  • Plans, recruits trainers from within the Libraries and across UF as appropriate, and provisions trainings with attendant resources for the digital humanities and digital scholarship
  • Provides and coordinates support for non-credit and for-credit trainings and courses in digital humanities and digital scholarship
  • Coordinates and supports planning and implementing events and activities in support of the digital humanities at UF, including supporting the Humanities & Arts Graduate Coordinators Group

Library West web coordinator and social media manager

  • Updates the Library West website ( and all pages under Library West, in collaboration with the Information Commons Librarian.
  • Collaborates with the Libraries’ webmasters.
  • Maintains an active, positive social media presence representing Library West on a variety of social media sites including Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+, and other media outlets.
  • Collaborates with Marston Science Library and other Libraries’ social media managers.
  • Maintains compliance with UF social media policies, and Libraries and UF web standards, policies and practices.

Reference and instructional services

  • Assists users at the Library West Research Assistance Desk in locating library materials and instructs them in the use of: online information sources, the online catalog, the course reserves system, interlibrary loan, and basic reference materials and methods.
  • Provides knowledgeable and excellent assistance to patrons of the UF Libraries.
  • Holds regular shifts for the Ask A Librarian chat, email and texting reference service and other nontraditional reference services in addition to traditional desk service.
  • Makes appropriate referrals for research assistance, instruction, and materials request to subject specialists and other branch libraries and departments.
  • Assists with the Library Instruction Program, mentoring Graduate Student Teaching Assistants, teaching classes ENC 1101- 1102.
  • Assists and supports librarians with subject specific classes in the humanities and social sciences.

Other Duties

  • Serves on various committees and task forces at the Library and University level.
  • Participates in sessions at state and national conferences.

Required: Bachelor’s degree and four years of related library experience; or a Master’s degree and two years of related library experience; or any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to work effectively independently as well as collaboratively in a team-based environment.
  • Excellent organizational skills and a demonstrable ability to manage multiple priorities.
  • Ability to effectively serve a large and diverse user population.
  • Experience working with social media tools (e.g., Twitter, Facebook, blogs, YouTube, Wikis) as part of managing web presence.
  • Experience managing web presence using web authoring and editing technologies (e.g., content management systems, blogging, HTML and CSS).
  • Experience with text encoding and markup (e.g., HTML, CSS, markdown, TEI, etc.).
  • Experience with graphics programs (e.g., Adobe Creative Suite).
  • Experience with digital scholarship and digital humanities technologies in use with digital libraries (e.g., SobekCM, Omeka).
  • Familiarity with technologies used to support text mining, text analysis, and topic modeling (e.g., Python, R, Mallet).
  • Familiarity with UFapps (e.g., and UF resources for processes involved in digital scholarship (e.g., file sharing with GatorCloud OneDrive and File-Express
  • Familiarity with Research Computing technologies and processes (e.g.,
  • Strong analytical skills and experience in planning and setting priorities.
  • Experience in project management and project portfolio management for simultaneously managing multiple projects.
  • Knowledge and experience working in an academic library setting, including basic reference skills and familiarity with major information sources in print and electronic.
  • Demonstrated ability to remain conversant with newly evolving technologies.
  • Experience with content management systems and website management.

The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state’s oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at
The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries; six are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The libraries hold over 5,800,000 print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 630,000 e-books, 121,016 full-text electronic journals, 889 electronic databases, 1,300,000 documents and 766,000 maps and images. The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American, Judaica, Florida History, Children’s Literature, and Maps and Imagery Collections. The Smathers Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and LYRASIS. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants.
The Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Library West) is the largest branch library on the UF campus, with 14 faculty and 16 staff members, seating for 1,400 patrons, and 217 public computers, including iPads and Netbook laptops. Last year, Library West received over 1.4 million visitors. Renovated in 2006, the branch offers 16 group study rooms, 3 media rooms, including video conferencing facilities, faculty and graduate carrels as well as a limited-access floor for graduate students. Two classrooms are available, one with auditorium-style seating and the other with 19 computers for hands-on instruction. Within the branch, there are four functional units: Research Assistance, Instruction and Outreach, Collections, and Circulation; these units are managed by coordinators who oversee the daily functions. Programs and lectures are scheduled throughout the year in the Information Commons area. The branch is also home to the Libraries Administration, Human Resources and Fiscal Services, Library Facilities Planning, and the Access Support unit providing ILL and Reserves services for all branches. A Starbucks is located in the building. Organizational chart available at:
Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 240,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as the “Best Place to Live and Work” by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated and as one of the “Best Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville’s accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. A recent article in Florida Trend Magazine offers an in depth Community Portrait of Gainesville and the University of Florida. Gainesville was featured in the Top 100 Best Places to Love 2014 on Livability, America’s Best Places to Live & Visit. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two hour drive.
Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at
The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida’s Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process.
For further details about this position please contact Tina Marie Litchfield at (352) 273-2595.