Library Title: Director of Digital Matters Lab

Job Code:  Research Associate Librarian or Research Librarian

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Full Consideration: September 25, 2017

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The University of Utah seeks an innovative and visionary leader for their newly-created Digital Matters Lab, located in the J. Willard Marriott Library. The model candidate will provide leadership and guidance as the lab and its contributors explore new avenues of research and scholarship at the university.


The Digital Matters Lab (DML) is a collaborative venture between the University of Utah’s College of Humanities, College of Fine Arts, College of Architecture + Planning, and J. Willard Marriott Library. The aim of the lab is to provide the space, tools, and expertise necessary for computationally-enhanced research and teaching in the arts and humanities. Currently, the DML inhabits a temporary, pop-up space in the Marriott Library, with plans to build out a much larger, more comprehensive center in the near future. The lab will include areas for collaborative work, instruction, digital fabrication, exhibition of research, and data visualization. Projects will be driven by DML staff, as well as faculty and students from the partnering colleges. We imagine the DML to be a hub of innovation and center for dynamic partnerships across the university.


Responsibilities and Duties/Position Information


Community-Building and Leadership

The Digital Matters Lab Director will guide projects relating to Digital Humanities, digital scholarship, and digital fabrication, charting a course for the lab and the university. They will provide oversight of day-to-day operations of the Lab; help to plan and organize intellectual programming, grants, fellowships, pedagogical initiatives, and outreach. They will integrate these activities into the overall programs and services of the Marriott Library and the University. They will represent the Digital Matters Lab, serving as a liaison with University staff, faculty, and affiliated centers, as well as national and international peers.


Research Relationships and Partnerships

The Director will assist in project definition and analysis, including advising about project scope, requirements and specifications, and project design; lead development of high-level goals, intake processes, workplans, and MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) for digital project collaborations.


Trends and Strategic Directions

Working with the Research & Development team, the Director will keep abreast of new methodologies and practices relevant to digital humanities, digital scholarship, and digital fabrication; update the Board and other staff regularly on practices, standards, events, and other developments relevant to the Lab's long-term goals; engage in collaborative planning with colleagues across the Library to promote and support digital scholarship. Monitors emerging trends in the development of digital scholarship and digital library programs and plays a key role in strategic planning for the Marriott Library.


Research and Professional Development

The Director will pursue professional development and their own (often collaborative) research projects related to the mission of the Lab, culminating in publication of results and/or presentation at appropriate venues. The director will represent the University of Utah and Marriott Library in professional associations at the international, national, regional, and local levels and serves on inter-institutional and institutional level committees and task forces related to digital scholarship, fabrication, and digital humanities as appropriate.


Policy, Staffing, and Operations

The Director will develop the Lab's budget; direct the preparation and submission of grants; recruit, develop, and retain talented staff; coordinate the use of all Lab resources (funding, space, personnel) within the context of the Library's overall approach to resource management. They will be responsible for leading a group with diverse talents and interests, and will be required to develop a team-oriented work environment that encourages collaboration and flexibility.


Required and Preferred Qualifications


Required Education

Graduate study (Ph.D. preferred) in the humanities, arts, architecture, industrial design, library sciences, social sciences, or a related discipline.  


Required Experience


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Required Technology Competence:


Preferred Education
Ph.D. in the humanities, library/information sciences, arts, architecture, design, social sciences or related discipline.  


Preferred Experience


Compensation: $85,000 to $100,000 dependent on qualifications, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution to TIAA-CREF/Fidelity, outstanding medical and dental coverage, and paid sick and vacation time.

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by September 25, 2017.