Digital Humanities Librarian, The Ohio State University

The Digital Humanities Librarian will establish and grow a dynamic, multifaceted program that addresses the growing demand for digital arts and humanities support on campus. Working with arts and humanities scholars, faculty and students, the Digital Humanities Librarian will foster successful adoption and application of digital arts and humanities approaches to research, teaching, and learning. The librarian will engage deeply with the Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group, the Digital Media Collective, ACCAD (Advanced Computer Center for the Arts and Design), and other campus entities to identify innovative and evolving digital tools and resources that advance scholarly investigation, while building upon the traditional cornerstones of research methodologies in the arts and humanities disciplines. The librarian will be the liaison to the University’s Humanities Institute and will collaborate with faculty participating in Institute projects and initiatives funded by the College of Arts and Sciences. The Digital Humanities Librarian will be a change agent, partner, and resource person for subject librarians and special collections curators involved in facilitating faculty and student digital projects and will be expected to conduct regular scans of the campus environment to identify emerging areas of interest.


  • Conduct environmental scans of humanities departments in conjunction with subject librarians and special collections curators in order to identify current and emerging scholarly projects for which digital tools and methodologies are appropriate.
  • Coordinate information about digital arts and humanities scholarship on campus in order to connect scholars across the disciplines and facilitate interdisciplinarity.
    • Identify   and   evaluate   current   and   emerging   digital   tools   and   methodologies   supporting   humanities   scholars   in collaboration with Digital Initiatives.
  • Provide expert consulting service to humanities scholars and students on techniques and tools that serve to advance their teaching, learning and research.
  • Serve as a strategist and resource person for the Libraries on trends in the digital arts and humanities.
    • Collaborate with staff managing the Libraries’ digital repository, publishing and reformatting programs, to advance the Libraries’ contributions to faculty and student research projects in the arts and humanities; work with the Head of Digital Initiatives to create strategies for collaboration, program planning, and support for interdisciplinary digital projects.
  • Work closely with the Head of the Fine Arts Library, the Data Management Services Librarian, the Geospatial Information Librarian, and the Head of Digital Initiatives, and others in order to develop strategies focused on scholars’ digital production and curation needs.
  • Create an education program for Libraries’ staff focused on digital arts and humanities topics.
  • Act as subject librarian for a humanities discipline.

Required Qualifications:

  • An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree or PhD in relevant subject area or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with digital arts and humanities research tools and approaches (e.g., text mining, data visualization, image analysis, and augmented reality).
  • Knowledge of data issues in the research/knowledge creation lifecycle.
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, subject librarians, special collections and others in order to advance digital arts and humanities research.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in developing a multifaceted program for a multidisciplinary constituency.
  • Familiarity with research methodologies across a variety of arts and humanities disciplines.
  • Familiarity with data visualization tools and techniques applied to humanities research.
  • Experience with grant writing.
  • Experience representing a library to external stakeholders and engaging in consortial projects or programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change.

About The Ohio State University:

Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions.

The Ohio State University Libraries contribute to the University’s eminence as dynamic partners and campus leaders in advancing inquiry and discovery for OSU, the state of Ohio and for an ever expanding community of world scholars.

Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at Additional information and a position description are available at


The position is a full-time, permanent, 12-month tenure-track faculty appointments and reports to the Head of Research Services. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.


The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see   bensummaryreg.pdf.


Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Preference will be given to applications received by April 12, 2014. Please send cover letter, CV, references and salary history and requirements via email using the subject line to identify the position title to Greg Newman at

Contact Information:

Greg Newman Human Resources The Ohio State University Libraries 305 Thompson Library
1858 Neil Avenue Mall Columbus, OH 43210

To build a diverse workforce Ohio State encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. EEO/AA employer.

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