Bridge to the Faculty Research Scholar and Digital Scholarship Librarian— University of Illinois Chicago

Post date: Nov 25, 2020

The UIC University Library seeks an innovative, strategic, and collaborative Digital Scholarship librarian and Bridge to Faculty Research Scholar. This position will begin on August 16, 2021.

The successful candidate for this newly created position will play a critical role in the development and delivery of digital scholarship and data science programs and services to the UIC community. The scholar will work closely with the Assessment and Scholarly Communications team, liaison librarians, digital programs librarians, and other faculty and staff across the libraries. This position reports to Head of Assessment and Scholarly Communications.

The Bridge to the Faculty Scholars program seeks to advance diversity on the permanent faculty level by encouraging the recruitment, retention, and promotion of outstanding librarians from different backgrounds, with an emphasis on attracting individuals from groups who have been historically underrepresented in academic libraries. In addition to receiving active mentoring through the UIC University Library, the Bridge to Faculty Scholar will be part of a cohort at the university level that will meet regularly through activities coordinated by the Office of Diversity.

Subject to satisfactory performance, and University approval, the successful scholar may be re-appointed for one additional year. Successful scholars in the Bridge to the Faculty program may have the opportunity to transition to tenure-track faculty at UIC starting in the 2023-2024 academic year.

Key Responsibilities

  • Implement digital scholarship and data science services based on the needs of faculty, researchers, and students.

  • Partner with faculty, students, and other researchers to create effective, innovative, and sustainable digital scholarship projects.

  • Provide guidance and project support to faculty and students on software and tools such as data analysis and visualization, GIS, text mining, text-encoding, digitization and imaging, metadata creation, or social network analysis.

  • Develop and conduct training, group instruction, and workshops, both individually and collaboratively, on digital scholarship / data science research methods, tools, platforms, and best practices.

  • Collaborate with other units on campus to organize lectures, seminars, and other events on digital scholarship.

  • Maintain awareness of emerging and evolving technology, trends, tools, methods, and initiatives in digital scholarship.

  • Evaluate existing and emerging tools and technologies to inform decision-making around technology and platform support, and to identify potential uses in humanities and/or social science research. Prototype demonstration projects and/or implement tools for use by others.

  • Support the work of liaison librarians working with classes that have a digital scholarship component.

  • Contribute to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement in line with a tenured faculty appointment.

  • Participate in library, university, and professional service activities.

This is a full-time 12-month appointment and includes a competitive salary and benefits package.

Minimum Qualifications

  • The successful candidate must have completed their ALA Accredited MLIS within the past 5 years – no earlier than August 15, 2017 and no later than August 15, 2021.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least one year of experience in an academic or research setting in one or more of the following areas, as they relate to digital scholarship: data science, data mining and visualization, text mining and analysis, natural language processing, human computer interaction, GIS related applications and tools.

  • Knowledge in the use and application of digital scholarship, digital humanities, or data science tools, technologies, and methods.

  • Understanding of current trends and methodologies in digital scholarship, data science, and scholarly communication.

  • Demonstrated commitment to and support for a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Knowledge of research processes and the role of data within contemporary research and scholarship.

For fullest consideration, apply by January 20, 2021 with cover letter, supporting resume, and name and email address of at least three professional references. The position close date is January 29, 2021.

All applicants must submit an online application through To apply, click on the following link:

Questions may be directed to the chair of the search committee, Jung Mi Scoulas, at

UIC is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. UIC will conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and these are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.