Digital Humanities Librarian -- Northwestern University Libraries

Post date: March 21, 2022

Digital Humanities Librarian

Work Group: Research Services

Reports to: Head, Research Services


Northwestern University Libraries seek a librarian knowledgeable in the humanities and skilled with technologies that advance and inspire innovative research, scholarship, and teaching. Joining a collaborative team of librarians and technical specialists active in research services, instruction, and academic engagement, the Digital Humanities Librarian will support and partner with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students on digital research and pedagogy projects, from conceptualization to implementation, and contribute to the broader development of digital scholarship in the humanities and across disciplines. The Digital Humanities Librarian will work closely with other librarians and technical specialists who support the humanities, interdisciplinary studies, data analysis and visualization, and digital publishing, while also collaborating with other University units such as the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and Media and Design Studio in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences. Other opportunities of the position may include serving as a subject specialist and liaison to one or more academic departments.


· Serves as lead specialist for digital humanities in Northwestern University Libraries, including coordinating relevant resources and collaborating with librarians and technical specialists from across the Libraries to support innovative research, scholarship, and teaching in the humanities and other disciplines.

· Directly engages with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students by providing individual consultations, group instruction, online guides, and other support services related to research methodology, technical applications, and other aspects of digital scholarship.

· Evaluates academic needs in the humanities and collaborates with faculty and library colleagues to integrate digital humanities skills and practices in curricula and library instruction.

· Assesses current and emerging tools and technologies pertinent to digital research and pedagogy. Identifies and implements new methods and resources to enhance support for digital humanities.

· Cultivates partnerships and working relationships with other campus units, including the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences’ Media and Design Studio, and advances support for digital humanities through collaboration, grants, or other opportunities.

· Contributes to the Libraries’ campus engagement and programming endeavors.

· Depending on background and service needs, serves as a liaison to one or more academic departments or other university constituencies.

· Serves as an active member of the Libraries’ staff, including participation on committees and other bodies as appropriate.

· Engages in appropriate professional development, continuing education, research activities, and service to the university.

· Enthusiasm for learning organization principles and readiness to embrace Northwestern University Libraries Organizational Vision and Values.

Minimum Competencies:

· Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

· Ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment

· Excellent oral and written communication skills

· Adaptable, ability to adjust to changing environment

· Customer-focused

· Takes ownership of work, completes what is needed without being asked, follows through

· Plans ahead, manages time well, is resource-conscious, finds better ways to achieve personal and workgroup goals


· Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution, or its equivalent.

· Academic degree in a humanities area and broad knowledge of the humanities generally.

· Knowledge of digital humanities methods and technologies, including experience with digital publishing platforms such as Omeka or Wax, text analysis and data visualization software such as Voyant or Gephi, programming languages such as Python or R, and humanities data processing and curation applications such as Excel or Open Refine.

· Awareness of current and emerging trends in research and teaching in the humanities.

· Familiarity with issues of copyright, fair use, and ethical practices in research and publishing.

· Experience providing user support in an academic environment through group instruction, individual consultations, or other modes of teaching and engagement.

To apply: Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references. Please apply for this position on the NUHR Recruitment Website. In your application, feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example - she/her, he/him, they/them, etc.). This position is in a bargaining unit represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 73. Please note: The minimum starting salary for this position is $65,000 annually. Offers will be based on candidate experience and education, as well as equity within Northwestern University.

Library Environment: Northwestern University is a highly selective private university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois and in Doha, Qatar. One of the leading private research libraries in the United States, Northwestern University Library serves the educational and information needs of the NU community as well as scholars around the world. Its collection contains more than 7 million volumes, a full array of digital resources, and collections of distinction in Africana, transportation, and 20th-century and contemporary music. Northwestern is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and

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