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Digital Scholarship Resident - 12 month position

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Lib - Res & Learning Services
Union: PSU
Categories: Computer & Information Technology

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

About UMass Amherst Libraries

UMass Amherst Libraries make up the largest publicly-supported research library in New England with more than eight million physical and digital items available to users. As a key partner in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and beyond, the Libraries foster a diverse, inclusive, and user-centered environment in which to engage with ideas and acquire the skills necessary for independent learning and critical thinking. We value collaborations and partnerships; diversity and inclusion; innovation and creativity; openness and transparency; and sustainability and stewardship.

Job Summary

Evaluates, recommends, and develops as necessary applications and tools to support incoming and ongoing academic digital scholarship research projects. In collaboration with stakeholders, identify requirements, develop workflows, and implement digital services solutions for incoming and ongoing research projects and curricular initiatives. Potential projects may include data mining, text analysis and other related digital scholarship methods, consultation on solutions for digital scholarship projects. 

This position is a one-year (12 months) term appointment

Essential Functions

  • Work in close partnership with the Digital Scholarship Center, the Digital Media Lab Unit, and other library departments to prioritize projects, recommend strategies and implement applications and technologies to support digital scholarship services.
  • Identify, define and analyze requirements to meet the expectations of stakeholders and intended end users needs, scheduled timeline, and budgetary targets.
  • Actively support research projects and assist faculty and graduate students in the use of digital methods such as data visualization, text mining, text encoding (TEI), geographic information systems (GIS) and content management systems.
  • Communicate with web developers, system administrators, and project managers in the evaluation, education and implementation of a robust digital scholarship support system.
  • Contribute to the recommendation or development of digital tools and platforms for analysis, visualization, presentation, and reuse of content. Design, program, and/or adapt existing tools in support of digital scholarship.
  • Analyze client requests to develop specifications for academic programs by applying digital scholarship methods, statistical pattern learning and digital evidence.

Other Functions

  • Work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the Libraries and the campus.  Attend professional development activities as assigned or required to meet departmental goals and objectives.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent both with law and with University policy.
  • Perform related duties as assigned or required to meet Department, Executive Area/Division, and University goals and objectives.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Bachelor’s degree in any area.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing technology projects.
  • Working knowledge of advanced training with Python, XML and/or SQL.
  • Working knowledge of one or more digital scholarship technologies (e.g., visualization, text mining, text encoding, GIS, Network analysis, database design, digital publishing, presentation and content management tools) for creating and transmitting scholarship.
  • Demonstrated experience with application development in at least one major programming language such as Ruby on Rails, PHP, Perl, and/or Java.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of web applications in a LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP) environment
  • Working knowledge of Linked Data principles.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and the ability to interact effectively and work productively to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with a diverse population.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, prioritizing work to meet departmental and library goals. Ability to exercise sound judgment.

Additional Details

Report to the Head, Digital Scholarship Center, but exercise a high degree of independent judgement without immediate supervision.

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday Daytime hours

Salary Information

PSU level 26, associated to level 27.

PSU Salary Schedule

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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