Job posting: Humanities Data Curator, University of California, Santa Barbara

Michael Kim mildbull at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 1 16:50:08 EDT 2015

Humanities Data Curator

The University of California, Santa Barbara is one of ten campuses that
comprise the University of California system and is a member of the
exclusive Association of American Universities (AAU).  In addition, the
University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the prestigious
Association of Research Libraries (ARL).


Reporting to the Head of Cataloging & Metadata Services (CMS), the
Humanities Data Curator has primary responsibility for the planning,
implementation, and ongoing production of digital collections and scholarly
initiatives in support of digital humanities scholarship and artistic
production on campus to ensure their high functionality and discoverability
through the flow and lifecycle of digital research data. As part of an
evolving team of Data Curators, the candidate will be expected to make
substantial contributions to his/her primary area of responsibility as well
as to collaborate with other members of this team.

The Humanities Data Curator is responsible for collecting, managing,
curating, preserving, and providing access to digital humanities datasets
and other digital collections in the Library.  The candidate actively
manages data produced by humanities scholars on campus, as well as data
acquired by the Library, and ensures ongoing sustainable preservation and
access through metadata creation and data discovery tools development.  The
candidate participates in the development, evaluation, education, and
implementation of metadata policies, standards, goals, procedures, and
workflows in cooperation with engaged campus stakeholders.

The Humanities Data Curator will create and implement the Library’s support
plan for digital humanities researchers and provide research data
consultation to campus data creators. S/he will understand the ways in
which humanities scholars conduct research in this new era of data sharing,
including using new computational methods of analysis (for example,
text-mining, topic modeling, social network analysis, or mapping and

In collaboration with humanities subject librarians and other data curators
in the library, the Humanities Data Curator will provide leadership to
define the library's strategy as it transforms research data services.
S/he will engage relevant faculty and researchers and will collaboratively
provide services that are scalable to each data set, promote the Library’s
digital humanities research data services, and educate data users and
producers of datasets on campus. The Humanities Data Curator will
contribute to local, regional, and national digital humanities discussions
and initiatives.



   - ALA accredited MLS or equivalent experience in one or more fields
   relevant to library services in data curation.
   - Significant relevant experience working with digital humanities
   - Demonstrated knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to
   data curation, including format migration, preservation, metadata, data
   access (including open access).
   - Working Knowledge or advanced training with XML metadata.
   - Knowledge of metadata standards, such as TEI and EAD, and data
   management practices in humanities.
   - Familiarity with common content-management-system platforms used by
   humanities data creators such as WordPress and Omeka.
   - An understanding of the humanities research process as demonstrated by
   academic or work experience.
   - Ability to work independently and collaboratively, prioritizing work
   to ensure that departmental and library goals are realized.
   - Excellent organizational skills, proven problem solving ability, and
   - Demonstrated initiative in fostering new ideas and in implementing
   - xcellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.


   - Advanced degree in humanities or related field.
   - Experience with digital preservation standards and best practices, and
   digital rights management.
   - Experience with scholarly repository platforms and relevant data
   manipulation tools.
   - Prior experience in data visualization and/or data-mining.
   - Working knowledge in intellectual property issues (including Creative
   Commons licensing).
   - Working knowledge of Linked Data principles and scripting languages,
   such as Perl, PHP, and XSLT, and APIs.


Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Librarians at the
University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic
appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick
leave at the rate of one day per month.  The University has an excellent
retirement system which is coordinated with Social Security.  A selection
of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans are offered by
the University.

The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit
represented by the American Federation of Teachers.


·       This position will remain open until filled with primary
consideration of applications received by October 16, 2015.

·       Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit:

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·       For additional assistance, contact Ryan George with Library Human
Resources at (805) 893-3841 or rgeorge at

·       Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful
completion of a background check.

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to
the diversity and excellence of the academic community through work,
research, and service.  The University of California is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, or any other characteristic protected by
law including protected Veterans and individuals with disabilities.


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