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Research Librarian for Digital Humanities

Position overview

Review timeline: Not yet provided

Application Window

Open date: October 17, 2022

Next review date: Monday, Dec 12, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Dec 12, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks a creative, knowledgeable, collaborative, and user-oriented professional for the position of Research Librarian for Digital Humanities. This librarian is an integral part of UCI Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) Department ( and is a highly sought-after instructor, consultant, and collaborator both within the Libraries and across the UCI campus. The Librarian provides instruction and consultation services for digital humanities research, provides technical support on project work, contributes to digital humanities projects, and serves as the subject liaison to African American Studies.

Qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply. The UCI Libraries is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing UCI’s Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

Scope of the Position

The role of Research Librarian for Digital Humanities is deeply collaborative, working closely with colleagues in the DSS department, Special Collections and Archives, and across the Libraries. The role has traditionally maintained a strong, collaborative relationship with the School of Humanities, especially the Humanities Center (, and served as a co-chair of the Digital Humanities Exchange (

While stakeholders and partners seeking research support in digital humanities at UCI often come from within the School of Humanities, they also come from across schools and disciplines, including film and media (School of the Arts), informatics (School of Information and Computer Science), and interdisciplinary fields such as African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano/Latino Studies, and more.

There are a number of current and forthcoming projects and initiatives for which the Research Librarian for Digital Humanities is a potential stakeholder, including the Libraries’ Digital Sandbox Service, a burgeoning Digital Humanities Undergraduate Fellows program, the Oakland Community School Black Panther Party Research Cluster, and the Humanities Center’s Mellon-funded Center for the Study of Liberation, Anti-Racism, and Belonging (C-LAB), which in 2023 will focus on “Black Digital Humanities and the Hemispheric/Oceanic Politics of Liberation.”

The incumbent is also part of a cohort of subject librarians and serves as the subject liaison to the African American Studies Department. The role is positioned to engage with an interdisciplinary cross-section of faculty, students, and researchers with scholarly interests on topics such as social justice, ethnic studies, power and access, and poetic justice.

Key Responsibilities

• Provide digital humanities research services to faculty, students and researchers through consultations, training and instruction, event planning, grant writing, and collaborative partnerships.
• Actively participate in growing a campus scholarly community of practice focused on digital humanities research methods.
• Serve as liaison to faculty and students in African American Studies to ensure that their research and information needs are met, and to promote the Libraries’ services and resources.
• Provide specialized instruction, research consultations, and outreach services to African American Studies constituents.
• Select, assess, and manage collections and resources for African American Studies to support teaching and research needs on campus.
• Collaborate with librarians and staff throughout the Libraries in many departments, including Special Collections and Archives, Library IT, Education and Outreach, Reference, Collection Strategies, and Communications and Events on projects that further the strategic goals of the UCI Libraries.



• Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
• Knowledge of and experience with digital humanities tools and methodologies, such as text mining, data visualization, image analysis, sentiment analysis, text, image, and/or network analysis, and common scripting languages.
• Demonstrated knowledge of current issues in digital humanities.
• Educational background or experience sufficient to perform subject-specialized reference, instruction, collection development, and collaborative projects in African American Studies.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills, as well as effectiveness in balancing and completing multiple assignments and projects.
• Demonstrated initiative, flexibility and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member.
• Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
• Strong public presentation skills.
• Successful teaching experience in a library or in higher education.
• Commitment to user-centered library services.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
• Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equity, and inclusiveness within the UCI Libraries and the campus.
• Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.


• Advanced educational background in African American Studies, or related subject area
• Experience providing reference, instruction, and collection development in an academic library setting
• Experience with outreach, programming, and grant writing

The Digital Scholarship Services Department

The Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) Department provides infrastructure, research support, and instruction to the UCI community in support of transformative scholarly research and learning experiences. Colleagues in the department include the Computational Research Librarian, Data Curation Librarian, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Scholarly Communications Coordinator, and the Digital Library Developer. The department offers consultation appointment services, a range of workshops and customized instruction, including a robust online Carpentries-based programming curriculum, and collaborates closely on the development of new services, such the Digital Sandbox Service.

The UCI Libraries

At the heart of the University of California, Irvine’s academic community, the UCI Libraries plays a vital role in enabling our outstanding students, faculty and researchers to create new knowledge, develop lifelong learning skills, and make meaningful contributions to society. We value innovation and collaboration, and we are committed to fostering an environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. See our Diversity Statement and Plan,

The Libraries’ physical spaces consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library (located at the UCI Medical Center in Orange, CA). These locations provide a welcoming and technology enhanced environment valued by students as places for study, research, and collaboration. Together they contain over 3,300 public seats, over 500 public access computers, laptop computers for checkout, and a wide range of multimedia resources including 3D printers. The library collection consists of over 4.3 million volumes, 254,000 journals and serial titles, and an ever-expanding collection of electronic books, databases, and other resources. As part of the University of California system, the UCI Libraries collaborates closely with the other nine UC campus libraries and the California Digital Library (CDL). Our public website,, is a portal to access e-resources; discover print, archival, and multi-media collections; and connect with reference and instructional services. It also includes cutting edge digital tools and tutorials and numerous subject specific research guides created by subject specialists.

The UCI Libraries

The UCI Libraries employs approximately 140 full-time librarians and staff and many part-time student assistants. We strongly support the professional development of librarians and staff throughout their careers.

The UCI Libraries are a member of the: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), HathiTrust, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance (PRRLA), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and OCLC Research Library Partnership (OCLC RLP).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles and located on the homelands of the Acjachemen and Tongva peoples, Founded in 1965, UCI has over 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 1,800 faculty and staff. Nearly 67% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American. Over 50% of UCI’s bachelor’s degrees are awarded to first generation college students. The University is committed to serving students from all backgrounds as demonstrated by UCI’s Black Thriving Initiative,, and its designation as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), The New York Times ranks UCI as the #1 college doing the most for the American Dream, and U.S. News and Report ranks UCI among the top ten public universities in the nation. The University offers graduate degrees in more than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D.

Salary & Benefits: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales. Appointment is anticipated to be at the Assistant or Associate Librarian rank with a salary of $60,116 - $89,655.

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave. The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans. Benefits are equal to approximately 45% of salary.
Librarians at UCI are academic appointees. Non-managerial librarians are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position.

As academic appointees, UCI Librarians receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment. Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by November 16, 2022 will receive first consideration.

To Apply: Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested: cover letter; complete résumé; a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a list of three references (names and contact information only) via UCI AP Recruit at

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries web site at with links to additional web sites featuring campus and community information.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Please address your qualifications for this position in a cover letter.

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated CV – resume style preferred.

  • Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement addressing how past and/or potential contributions to diversity will advance UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Please see the UCI Libraries' Diversity Statement and Diversity Plan.

  • List of Reference Contacts - Names of 3 potential references including contact information and brief statement of relationship to the applicant. Do not include letters of recommendation here.

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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Job location

Irvine, CA