Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship, Penn Libraries

Penn Libraries seeks an innovative and collaborative information professional to serve as the Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship within the Teaching, Research, and Learning (TRL) Directorate. This is a forward-looking, transformative role for an individual with a passion for range of cutting-edge activities within digital scholarship, including building new digital collections, developing services in support of research, and managing staff and digital projects teams. The Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship collaborates with colleagues and partners within and beyond Penn to strengthen local, regional, and national partnerships.

The Assistant Director for Digital Scholarship reports to the Director of Teaching, Research, and Learning Services and is expected to have knowledge and/or experience in two or more areas of emerging importance for digital libraries and digital scholarship such as: maps and geographical information; data and data management services; non-traditional digital library content (e.g. social media and other ephemeral materials, both digital and digitized); repository services; scholarly communication; open access publishing platforms; the integration and interoperability of digital library services through linked data; the integration of digitized and born-digital materials; publication and visualization services in digital libraries.

The position responsibilities include:

Management: Lead a team of professionals who work with faculty and other campus clients to plan effective, innovative and sustainable digital projects and research.

Outreach: Seek out and develop opportunities for partnerships with faculty and academic units on campus as well as partnerships with local, regional, and national organizations with an interest in digital scholarship activities, platforms, and projects. Maintain knowledge of developments in digital libraries and digital scholarship including both infrastructure and standards developments.

Platforms: Provide oversight for library-supported researcher platforms. Employ regular review and evaluation of projects and platforms. Develop and document new workflows to support innovative scholarship around a variety of digital content, including traditional library content, born-digital material, research data and other digital products of scholarship.

To apply:

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in the administration of its admissions, financial aid, educational or athletic programs, or other University-administered programs or in its employment practices. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to the Executive Director of the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106; or (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 746-7088 (Fax). . The University of Pennsylvania Libraries is committed to a diverse workforce. To learn more, please visit:

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