Posted on May 9th, 2017 .
Digital Humanities Specialist I
Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, seeks a creative, collaborative, and experienced individual to join our team as a Digital Humanities Specialist. Responsible for supporting and assisting the evolution of Gale’s Digital Scholarship Program, the successful candidate will serve as a key support and development liaison to key customers that are engaging in advanced humanities research as well as Gale’s technology development. The Digital Humanities Specialist will identify trends and activities in digital humanities taking place on campuses throughout the academic market, provide digital scholarship support services, and support libraries’ role as the central research hub on campus.
Reporting to the Director of Humanities Publishing, the Digital Humanities Specialist will provide on-site support and guidance for digital humanities scholars and students that are using Gale and OER content and tools to drive active research. Responsibilities will focus on working collaboratively with colleagues at Gale and throughout our academic customer base to advance research activities and the use of primary source content in the scholarly workflow. The Digital Humanities Specialist will develop and conduct workshops on Gale’s digital scholarship resources and work collaboratively with other Gale team members in pursuit of new tools and features/best practices. The Digital Humanities Specialist will participate in Hackathons and other extra-curricular development activities to build and evolve new technologies that support our librarian and student users.
The position is ideally suited for (but not limited to) someone with an interest in scholarly research and publishing, native language processing, data visualizing, and text analysis. Working on a team of dedicated digital scholarship and publishing professionals, this position will offer the successful candidate the opportunity to engage in continuing research execution and support using a broad array of computational techniques including network analysis, concept extraction, and natural language processing.
The Digital Humanities Specialist will provide subject-specific leadership for collection building and management, as well as promote library collections, programs, and services. As an integral member of Gale’s Digital Scholarship program, the Digital Humanities Specialist will assist with the development of DH-related tools and materials that will be used by key accounts in the academic space. This role will also conduct in-depth research to inform future technology and content needs both at Gale and at point of use in academia. With a solid understanding of current research resources and technologies, the Digital Humanities Specialist will assist in the development of instructional materials and new features in Gale’s Digital Scholarship research platform. Active engagement with faculty and students throughout our customer base is required.
This role is specifically responsible for the promotion, support, and ongoing development of Gale’s Digital Humanities Sandbox, a research environment designed to enable and assist digital scholarship in the academic community.
Overview of responsibilities
? Conduct on-site DH Symposiums designed to facilitate the establishment and growth of DH-related activities in the library and across campus.
? Work with members of Gale’s Digital Scholarship Team to establish training schedules, scope of development work, and organize interaction with customers and students.
? Collaborate with other Product Managers across Gale and Cengage Learning to determine, define and utilize synergies and economies within product development.
? Understand, support and communicate company strategy internally and externally.
? Track the competitive landscape and market position for all responsible projects and initiatives, identify new market-specific opportunities, and conceptualize and test product ideas.
? Collaborate on market research, product positioning and customer communications.
? Help define and support customer training strategies and prescribe related tactics.
? Represent Gale and Cengage Learning at relevant industry and customer events
? Build relationships with customers that support the product lines and company objectives.
? Understand and translate the market requirements for the evolution of scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences.
? Ensure that product development and support strategies are communicated to, and understood by technology project teams and 3rd party vendors.
? Work with Technology Management to ensure projects are appropriately resourced.
? Develop and maintain high-level relationships with partner firms and organizations necessary for the success of Gale’s Digital Scholarship Program.
? Develop and maintain high-level management of consultants and advisory editors necessary for the success of the ongoing product development.
? Develop, maintain and publicize a product family strategy designed to increase revenue, drive student usage, and manage costs.
? Report regularly on project/role status to senior management and internal stakeholders
? Analyze, interpret and then report out to team and senior management on performance against results.
Qualified candidates should have:
? Strong programming skills in either Python (Pandas) or R
? Ability to manipulate, explore, and visualize data using the latest analytical tools
? Knowledge and use of at least one of the following: social network analysis, natural language processing, machine learning, concept extraction, etc.
? A demonstrated interest in scholarly communication
? Understanding and experience working with third party APIs
? Published in peer-reviewed journals or other scholarly publications
? Experience with Tableau or other data visualization tools
? Research design expertise
? Academic background in the humanities, arts, or related fields
? Excellent communication skills (verbal, written, interpersonal) and the ability to establish strong rapport with cross-functional teams and customer in order to effectively collaborate and build partnerships.
? Demonstrated understanding of the current research, information resources, and scholarly trends in humanities disciplines, including knowledge of emerging issues and technologies.
? Demonstrated experience with or knowledge of metadata creation and maintenance.
? Demonstrated experience with technologies, metadata schemas, scripting languages, or computational methods used in digital humanities projects.
? Proven ability to acquire new skills and adapt to changes in the profession
? Strong public service orientation.
? Ability to travel within and outside North America. Expected travel: 30%
? Advanced degree in a humanities or arts discipline.
? Experience with or a degree in the field of Data Science is a plus.
? Minimum of two years of experience in an academic or research library, or in an academic or research environment.
? Experience participating in the development and use of DH-related tools.
? Experience with providing information literacy instruction and research consultations in an academic/research library.