Head of Digital Scholarship— University of Oklahoma

Post date: Sep 23, 2021

The University of Oklahoma Libraries seeks to recruit a Head of Digital Scholarship. This position will engage with 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, humanities, and social sciences disciplines. The Head of Digital Scholarship will collaborate with faculty participating in projects and initiatives funded by colleges and will be a change agent, partner, educator and resource person for liaison librarians and special collections personnel involved in facilitating faculty and student digital projects. The position will be expected to conduct regular environmental scans of the campus environment to identify emerging areas of interest.

The University of Oklahoma and the University Libraries are dedicated to building and fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable educational and work environment. We seek to create an atmosphere in which diverse thought and experiences are valued and that promises opportunities to succeed and thrive. We recruit, employ, train, compensate and promote regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law.

Position Responsibilities

Technical and Service Operations

  • Provides leadership and instruction within the Libraries on the creation and curation of digital objects in all formats, fostering collaboration among scholars, technologists, and information specialists.

  • Serves as a strategist and resource person on trends in digital scholarship.

  • Conducts environmental scans of academic departments, in conjunction with liaison librarians and special collections curators, to identify current and emerging advanced and scholarly projects for which digital tools and methodologies are appropriate.

  • Helps enhance arts,humanities, and social sciences researchers’ ability to conduct digitally advanced scholarship.

  • Coordinates information about digital scholarship to connect scholars across the disciplines and facilitate interdisciplinary work.

  • Provides expert consulting service to arts,humanities, and social sciences scholars and students on techniques and tools that advance teaching, learning, and research.

  • Documents and analyzes research workflows to identify places where OU libraries can add value.

  • Helps prepare grant applications, serving as a principal investigator where appropriate.

  • Assists in the technical integration of digital scholarship projects into courses.

  • Coordinates special projects and performs other duties as assigned.

Education & Instructional Service

  • Provides expert instructional and consulting service to arts, humanities, and social sciences scholars and students on techniques and tools that advance teaching, learning and research, including visualization, image analysis, data analytics, text-mining & GIS.

  • Provides consultation and instruction for Libraries’ personnel on the creation and curation of digital objects in all formats, fostering collaboration among scholars, technologists, and information specialists.

  • Creates and assists in providing a comprehensive education program focused on supporting digital arts, humanities, and social sciences topics.

  • Conducts workshops, presentations and seminars on the tools and methodologies utilized in digital scholarship.

Campus Contributions & Professional Activity

  • Participates in library and university committees and task forces related to primary job assignments as appropriate or assigned.

  • Serves and participates at the local, state, regional, national and international level as appropriate to position and experience.

  • Publishes and presents on work-related topics and research.

  • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment.

Required Qualifications

Required Education/Experience: Master’s degree in library science or related field and 12 months of experience working with digital scholarship research tools and techniques and demonstrated ability to teach others how to use such technology.


  • Ability to work with and lead diverse groups of people in respectful, equitable and inclusive ways.

  • Experience working in an interdisciplinary academic environment.

  • Familiarity with research methodologies across a variety of disciplines.

  • Experience working with students and faculty members on digital scholarship projects.

  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain effective interpersonal relationships and work collaboratively in a diverse and fast-paced environment.

  • Demonstrated creative problem-solving skills and a strong commitment to service excellence.

  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, be self-directed, a proven commitment to innovation and creativity.

  • Demonstrated record of effective project management.

  • Evidence of strong organizational, project, and time management skills to lead multiple projects.

  • Evidence of strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree (MLS or MLIS, MS, Ph.D.) or significant progress toward doctorate (ABD) in digital arts, humanities or social sciences, library and information science, or interdisciplinary field.

  • Understanding of the academic library’s role in research, teaching, and learning; knowledge of higher education and curriculum; understanding of the role of new and emerging technologies on the ongoing development and evolution of new library services and digital scholarship.

  • Familiarity with data visualization tools and techniques applied to scholarly research.

  • Experience in working with open source software solutions.

  • Experience developing and administering programs, events, and collaborative research projects.

  • Experience in working with faculty and students on grant applications.

  • Experience managing grants.

  • Experience with digital scholarship research tools and approaches (image analysis, augmented reality, etc).

  • Experience in developing a multifaceted program for a multidisciplinary constituency.

  • Knowledge of data mining and data visualization research and tools.

About University Libraries

As the intellectual crossroads of the university, the University of Oklahoma Libraries provides access to resources that fulfill the academic, research, artistic, scholarly, intellectual, and leadership mission of the university. The Libraries serve the university community by demonstrating our core values of diversity and inclusion, integrity, engagement, collaboration, learning, innovation, and agility. We seek to create excellence in the library experience, to support campus research and data stewardship, to build on the excellence of our special collections, and to promote scholarly communication. We invest in our organization by recruiting individuals committed to superior user experience and by actively strengthening and expanding our skills and capabilities.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries is the largest academic research library in the state of Oklahoma containing more than 5.4 million volumes (including 1.8 million eBooks), 3.6 million microform materials, over 300 databases, and 170,000 serials. Outstanding special collections include the History of Science Collections, with 100,000 volumes; the Western History Collections, with over 12,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 2 million photographs, 80,000 volumes, 2,700 sound recordings, 5,000 cartographic resources, and 580 works of art; the Harry W. Bass Business History Collections, with over 23,000 volumes; the John and Mary Nichols Rare Books and Special Collections, with over 12,000 volumes; and the Chinese Literature Translation Archive, which houses nearly 10,000 volumes and thousands of documents relating to translators of modern Chinese literature in the West.

The University of Oklahoma Libraries’ team consists of 17 library faculty, 56 professional staff, 37 classified staff, 27 graduate assistants and 185 student assistants. Facilities include the Bizzell Memorial Library located in the heart of campus, Monnet Hall, hosting the Western History Collections, and three branch libraries: Architecture Library, Youngblood Energy Library, and Fine Arts Library. Affiliated OU libraries, not within the administrative oversight of University Libraries, include: the Donald E. Pray Law Library on the Norman campus, Robert M. Bird Health Sciences Library on the Oklahoma City campus, and the Schusterman Library on the Tulsa campus.

University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Greater Western Libraries Alliance, Consortium for History of Science, Technology and Medicine, Newberry Library Consortium, Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Public Library of America, HathiTrust, Western Storage Trust, Open Textbook Network.

About the University

The University of Oklahoma serves the educational, cultural, economic, and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and Tulsa Schusterman Center. The university is home to over 31,000 students, more than 3,500 faculty and 8,000 staff across all three campuses, and is supported by a $2 billion budget and an endowment of $1.52 billion. In 2014, OU became the first public institution ever to rank #1 nationally in the recruitment of National Merit Scholars. The 277-acre Research Campus in Norman was named the No. 1 research campus in the nation by the Association of Research Parks in 2013.

The central campus and administrative offices of the University of Oklahoma are located in Norman, a city of more than 120,000 residents. Norman is often cited in “best places to live” rankings and is a culturally rich and vibrant community with outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living. See visitnorman.com for more information about Norman. The state capital, Oklahoma City, is located 20 miles to the north. With over 1.35 million residents and a unique central plains heritage, the Oklahoma City metro is home to a diverse and lively array of arts, culture, dining, sports, and entertainment. For more information about Oklahoma City, see visitokc.com.


All applications must include a cover letter, resume and list of three professional references. Hiring will be contingent upon submission of academic transcripts. To apply for this position, go to https://jobs.ou.edu and search for job number 213046 . Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid and educational services. For questions regarding non- discrimination policies, please visit OU Institutional Equity Office.