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Digital Matters (Assistant or Associate) Librarian

Posting Details

The University of Utah, an AA/EO employer, encourages applications from women and minorities, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees.The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong or demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant or Associate Librarian
Department 00790 - Marriott Library - Operations
Track Tenure Track
New Position to Begin ASAP

The Marriott Library at the University of Utah seeks a Digital Matters Librarian to work in conjunction with the emerging Digital Matters Lab and its Director, as well as in conjunction with existing scholarly communications services, to facilitate digital scholarship across the University. The ideal candidate will provide technical expertise, training, and support for digital studies tools and methods used by faculty and scholars engaged with computationally enhanced research and pedagogy, cultural criticism & theory, and IT-based research, with a particular focus on the digital humanities, fine arts, architecture, and urban planning.

Marriott Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, a program uniting academic libraries who share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Position Description:
The Digital Matters Librarian will coordinate digital studies activities particularly through specialized reference, consulting, education, and project development services to students, faculty, and researchers at the University of Utah. They will establish and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and researchers to advance the mission of the Digital Matters Lab. As required by Marriott Library and the University of Utah, this tenure-track faculty member will engage in significant research activity that produces scholarship or creative works which contribute to the national and international conversation relevant to librarianship or library and information science.

The successful candidate will:
• Provide digital research consultations for University of Utah students and faculty and promote these services to relevant academic departments.
• Evaluate existing tools and technologies, and investigate emerging technologies to identify potential uses in digital scholarship.
• Conduct presentations, class instruction, and workshops on topics related to digital studies.
• Report to, and work with, the Digital Matters Lab Director to shape services, instruction, identity, and outreach for the University of Utah’s Digital Matters Lab.
• Collaborate with colleagues in the Digital Matters Lab and the Marriott Library to develop and promote innovative digital scholarship projects and services across campus, throughout Utah, and the broader community.
• Employ communication, analytical, organizational, project management, problem-solving, and time management skills.
• Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or the equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience working in a digital library setting.
• Three years of increasingly responsible library experience and success in development of digital projects and/or other library initiatives.
• Demonstrated knowledge of “leading edge” digital studies technologies along with related issues such as copyright, metadata, data management, and scholarly communication.
• Familiarity with scripting languages, metadata schemas, and computational methods used in digital scholarship projects.
• Demonstrated ability to teach groups and individuals, as well as create learning objects.
• Demonstrated, successful application of communication, analytical, organizational, problem-solving, and time management skills and the ability to lead multiple projects simultaneously.
• Excellent written and verbal skills and strong interpersonal skills.
• Capacity to thrive in the fast-paced, future-oriented environment of a research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
• Commitment to engage in research and scholarship, with the potential to achieve promotion and tenure, as demonstrated by a record of research and scholarship and/or an ability to clearly articulate a research agenda.
• Successful completion of a criminal background check, as required by Utah state law (

Preferred Qualifications:
• 2nd Master’s degree or PhD in related field.
• Experience with text mining, data visualization applications, GIS, augmented reality, and/or data management.
• Successful history of writing and implementing grant funded work.
• Familiarity with cultural criticism & theory research methods.
• Experience with research analysis technologies to support digital scholarship and learning.
• Reading, writing, or speaking skills in a second language.
• One year of supervisory experience of full-time employees.
• Experience creating user-friendly documentation and training programs.

Compensation: $53,000 to $64,000 dependent on qualifications, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution to TIAA-CREF/Fidelity, outstanding medical and dental coverage, and ample and flexible paid sick and vacation time.

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by October 3, 2017

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with prior URS service may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Special Instructions for Candidates

When prompted to do so, please upload a list of five (5) professional references.

Candidates selected for on-site interviews will be required to provide three (3) letters of recommendation.

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by October 3, 2017.

Open Date 08/22/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Requisition Number PRN00142CF
Type Faculty

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. List of References
Optional Documents
  1. Appropriate discharge document (such as a DD-214 – Member Copy 4) – Veteran Only – Call 801.581.2169
  2. Addendum to the University of Utah - Veteran Only - Call 801.581.2169 after submission