Diversity Resident: Digital Research Services for the Arts & Humanities, The Ohio State University

Mary P. Key Diversity Resident: Digital Research Services for the Arts and Humanities

The Ohio State University (OSU) Libraries seeks a dynamic and self-motivated librarian for the position of Mary P. Key Diversity Resident. OSU Libraries’ two-year Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program is designed to provide mentorship through a successful transition from academic training to research librarianship, to provide the opportunity for hands-on exposure in many areas of the University Libraries’ operations, and to increase diversity from underrepresented groups for academic librarianship and The Ohio State University Libraries. The program provides professional development in a nurturing, yet productive, real world environment at one of the top 10 public university libraries in the country. The Resident will be encouraged to participate in selected workshops, conferences, institutes, and committees and develop a robust portfolio of engagement at the start of their library career.

During 2015–17, the resident will advance Digital Research Services in the Arts and Humanities. The Ohio State University has global research prominence in a variety of humanities disciplines which are supported by the University Libraries’ rich, distinctive, and world class special collections. OSU has targeted data analytics as a foundational tool for creating transformational solutions across its disciplines. In this context, there is growing strength at the University around “Big Data”—and it’s culture—as objects of humanistic study; computational humanities; and data art, aesthetic, and visual communication. The OSU Libraries is matching this energy with investments in licensing and partnering to provide access to digital primary source collections and building out infrastructure to reformat, collect and deliver born digital and digitized special collections. The resident will connect our innovative research services and distinctive collections to the University’s growing community of digital humanists. Reporting to the Fine Arts Librarian, the resident will work in close collaboration with the Head of Research Services and the Head of Thompson Library Special Collections.


  • Create outreach activities. Highlight OSUL special collections and other digital and online primary source collections as resources for digital inquiry in the campus community through the development and implementation of an outreach plan.
  • Evaluate constituency needs. Analyze trends in arts and humanities departments at OSU and the digital scholarship practices in the disciplines themselves to develop teaching and research services.
  • Explore partnerships. Engage with the Humanities Institute and other campus entities to identify innovative and evolving digital scholarly initiatives.
  • Foster interdisciplinary collaborations. Actively seek opportunities to connect the Libraries’ special collections and other digital resources with a wide variety of scholars across campus and connect those scholars with each other.
  • Provide consulting. Assist arts and humanities scholars and students with identifying techniques, tools, and distinctive collections that serve to advance their teaching, learning and research.
  • Advance transformative teaching. Actively engage with faculty and graduate teaching assistants as partners in programmatically integrating information literacy concepts and primary sources into the curriculum.
  • Collaborate across the Libraries. Work closely with the Libraries’ Information Technology teams, Digital Content Services, the Data Management Librarian and Special Collection Librarians to develop an inspiring program around humanistic data curation and use at OSUL.
  • Serve on selected library committees.
  • Begin development of a research agenda that will contribute to an area of scholarship.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program completed by the time of appointment
  • Evidence of a user-centered vision and innovation
  • Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Interest in professional development and research

Preferred Qualifications

  • Academic background in the Arts and/or Humanities
  • Ability to work effectively and creatively in a collaborative and complex environment
  • Strong understanding of how data is analyzed and interpreted to generate new humanistic knowledge
  • Aptitude for working productively with a diverse range of faculty, students, and academic professional staff
  • Experience working on cross-disciplinary, distributed, collaborative projects
  • Familiarity with digital data analysis tools and techniques applied to humanities research
  • Experience working in museums or special collections

About the Appointment

This is a full-time, two year Visiting Faculty (non-tenure track) position. As a Visiting Faculty member, the resident is strongly encouraged to engage in professional research and publication. The resident will provide a faculty annual report as well as periodic reports to the Diversity Committee to track progress on established objectives. Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and experience.

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 http://library.osu.edu.


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: http://hr.osu.edu/hrpubs/ben/fs-bensummaryreg.pdf.

To Apply

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by May 15, 2015. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and requirements to Erica Jonak at jonak.3@osu.edu. Please include the position title in the subject field.

Contact Information: Erica Jonak, Human Resources, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-247-8887

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

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