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Digital Scholarship Librarian

Appointment Rank
Assistant Professor
Scholars Collaborative
Reports To:
Head, Scholars’ Collaborative
Minimum $52,000
June 1, 2019


Reporting to the Head of the Scholars’ Collaborative, the Digital Scholarship Librarian works closely with information professionals and technology experts in the Libraries, on campus, and at other institutions to assist campus scholars with integrating digital resources and methodologies with traditional approaches for teaching, learning, research, and engagement. As a member of the Scholars’ Collaborative, the Digital Scholarship Librarian increases the visibility and usability of digital scholarship practices and resources through research consultations, workshops and course-integrated instruction, online research guides, and outreach efforts. The Librarian will collaborate in the development of new and evolving library services and spaces supporting digital scholarship.  In addition to supporting digital scholarship in general, the Librarian will serve as a liaison to an assigned subject area, participating in reference, consultation, instruction, outreach, and collection development activities.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • The Digital Scholarship Librarian is expected to adapt work practices to support digital scholarship and digital humanities, broadly defined.
  • Work closely with the Humanities Center to offer robust programming and opportunities for faculty and students to engage in digital scholarship
  • Serve as a catalyst and facilitator for the Libraries’ digital scholarship activities, and collaborate with others in the Libraries to offer a comprehensive suite of research services to the campus
  • Coordinate information about digital scholarship and visualization tools and techniques in order to connect scholars across the disciplines and promote interdisciplinarity
  • Advise researchers at all levels on using digital tools and techniques to enrich their research and provide access to their scholarship
  • Actively explore relevant research methods and technologies to keep current with the rapidly evolving discipline
  • Provide instruction and training on information visualization and emerging digital scholarship methods
  • Serve as PI, co-PI, or grant team member on externally funded projects
  • As a liaison librarian, build relationships with faculty and students to integrate library resources and services into their research, teaching, and learning.
  • Serve the library profession through involvement in professional organizations and through cooperative efforts with other information professionals
  • Engage in scholarly activity through publications and presentations

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science or equivalent degree in relevant discipline
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion in a higher education setting
  • Strong commitment to public service
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience with digital research approaches and techniques, such as text encoding or analysis, web development, digital storytelling, multimodal publishing, digital exhibits, or database design
  • Understanding of scholarly communication issues, especially as applied in digital scholarship practices they apply to the arts and humanities
  • Demonstrated commitment to and excellence in teaching and technology training
  • Ability to think creatively and work collaboratively in developing and promoting the use of library services and collections through a variety of outreach efforts
  • Demonstrated ability to work both collaboratively and independently to manage projects and initiatives
  • Evidence of ability to engage in research, publication, and service consonant with the University’s and Libraries’ guidelines for promotion and tenure

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with data management in a digital humanities context including the creation of metadata.Knowledge of at least one scripting or programming language such as Python, PHP, Ruby, JavaScript
  • Experience using one or more data visualization software/tools such as Tableau, Plotly, Leaflet, D3.js, Gephi, or Power BI


The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the campus, a land-grant Carnegie university and the flagship campus of the state university system. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus — through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources. The John C. Hodges Main Library, Webster C. Pendergrass Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine Library, and George F. DeVine Music Library serve the Knoxville campus.

The UT Libraries serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the university and community.  We are a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise.   The University of Tennessee Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, LYRASIS, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other UT System Libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

The UT Libraries participate in cultural programming on the UT campus, hosting a Writers In The Library series of readings, international and documentary film series, and co-sponsoring programs with campus groups such as the Baker Center for Public Policy and UT’s Ready For The World initiative.

The UT Libraries champions diversity in collections and staffing. The University of Tennessee is committed to creating a welcoming environment.  More information about how we continually strive to put our principles of civility and community into action here in Knoxville is available at


Appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor with a minimum salary of $52,000.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.  Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure.

Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan (TCRS) or the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) (VOYA, TIAA, VALIC) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Start-up funding in the amount of $10,000 allocated over a three-year period; annual support for travel & professional development.

UT’s Prospective Faculty Viewbook has information on academic support, personal support, and living in Knoxville.

Application Procedures

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  In order to be considered for candidacy, you must submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume or CV, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Executive Director, Libraries Administration and Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to  Review of applications will begin May 13, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status. Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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