Providence, RI; Digital Humanities Librarian, Brown University

Job Description:

The Brown University Library seeks an innovative and service-oriented individual to be the Digital Humanities Librarian.  The Digital Humanities Librarian plays a central role in the integration of digital tools, resources, and methodologies with traditional resources and approaches to research, teaching, and learning in the humanities. As part of the core staff of the Center for Digital Scholarship, the Digital Humanities Librarian will report to the Center’s Director and work together with fellow CDS staff, colleagues within Research and Outreach Services and Digital Technologies, and other staff to promote digital humanities activities in the Library and the University. The Digital Humanities Librarian will take a proactive approach to working with faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and fellow librarians and staff to collaborate on established digital projects and develop new, sustainable research projects, classroom support, and instruction in digital methods in the humanities. This position will also serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments in the humanities, providing instruction and collections development.


  • Provide direct support, advice, and project management for faculty projects in Digital Humanities (DH)]
  • Provide guidance and support to graduate and undergraduate students in using established and emerging DH tools and techniques
  • Work with researchers at all levels to provide expert consultation, support, and training on digital scholarship tools and techniques, including but not limited to digital curation software, text analysis, data mining, mapping, social network analysis, and data visualization
  • As a part of the Center for Digital Scholarship work closely with the Brown Digital Repository staff to enable and participate in software development, metadata creation, preservation, and best practices for sustainable development of faculty and student projects
  • Serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments in the humanities, providing in-depth reference support and instruction sessions for classes, groups, or individuals and recommend for purchase new books, journals, and/or databases.
  • Participate in professional development activities to maintain subject and methodological expertise.


  • Advanced degree in the humanities (PhD preferred), and/or MLS from ALA accredited Library School and advanced degree in the humanities
  • 3 years of experience either in an academic library setting or academic digital humanities
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with technologies and standards used in Digital Humanities work such as TEI, visualization, text and/or network analysis, common scripting languages, HTML5 and related web technologies
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current issues in scholarly communications
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills
  • Strong public presentation skills; teaching experience preferred
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.


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Student & Alumni Services Coordinator for the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
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