[Humanist] 25.736 jobs at NYPL; TAMU

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 25, No. 736.
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  [1]   From:    Doug Reside <dougreside at gmail.com>                        (47)
        Subject: Job at NYPL: Digital Curatorial Assistant

  [2]   From:    "Mandell, Laura" <mandell at tamu.edu>                       (22)
        Subject: Assoc Director, IDHMC at TAMU

        Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:29:54 -0500
        From: Doug Reside <dougreside at gmail.com>
        Subject: Job at NYPL: Digital Curatorial Assistant

Hi all,
If you're a theatrically-inflected digital humanist, come to NYC to
help me build the world's best online collection of theater archival
material.  This position will probably report to me.  Feel free to
email me if you have any questions.


The New York Public Library seeks an extremely organized,
detail-oriented person to serve as the Library’s Digital Curatorial
Assistant.   The successful candidate will work closely with the
Library’s curators, permissions office, attorneys, and collections
strategy department to: (i) assist the Library in its efforts to make
its myriad collections more broadly available to researchers and to
the public and (ii) work with rights holders to obtain permission to
place in-copyright items on NYPL’s website.

Other responsibilities will include:

    Working closely with the diverse items in the Library’s
collections (including photos, books, manuscripts, recordings, and
videos) in connection with the Library’s efforts to digitize and make
its holdings available to the widest possible audience on its website
and on third party websites.
    Negotiating and securing releases from third parties to use
materials in NYPL’s online exhibits.
    Working closely with the metadata coordinator to enter metadata
for items in NYPL’s in-house metadata system.
    Transcribing and encoding in XML short documents from NYPL’s
archival collections
    Preparing items for shipment to the Digital Imaging Unit, and
refiling items after they’ve been digitized.
    Other duties as required

External Qualifications:

    BA/BS required, (JD, MLS or another Master’s Degree preferred)
    Extremely organized, detail-oriented, meticulous, analytical individual
    Willingness to be proactive and to solve problems independently
    Facility with entering information into databases
    Ability to work independently on large, complex projects
    Excellent research and writing skills
    Excellent communication skills
    Ability to organize large bodies of information effectively and to
distinguish relevant from irrelevant issues
    Good judgment and problem solving skills
    Knowledge of copyright law.
    Commitment to the Library’s programs and mission
    Knowledge of XML standards used by Digital Humanities/Digital
Libraries projects (TEI/EAD) preferred
    Experience clearing rights for digital projects preferred
    Knowledge of 20th century Performing Arts History preferred

        Date: Fri, 17 Feb 2012 19:19:09 +0000
        From: "Mandell, Laura" <mandell at tamu.edu>
        Subject: Assoc Director, IDHMC at TAMU

Dear List:

I write to advertise a job opening for an Associate Director of the Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture.  Chosen as one of 8 landmark research areas or “Initial University Multidisciplinary Research Initiatives,” the IDHMC will be shaped by the Associate Director’s interests, from visualization to data-mining, as it is indeed following Director Laura Mandell’s interests in digital textual studies.  The advertisement for the position is available at http://idhmc.tamu.edu/blog/2012/02/07/job-listing-associate-director/, and below, but first, a few words about the IDHM and Texas A&M University.

The Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture was created by Texas A&M faculty who have fostered major DH projects such as Digital Concord, the Cervantes Project, and Digital Donne.  In the very early stages of development, the IDHMC has a threefold mission:

1. To perform research on the global impact of computing, digitization, cyber-worlds, and digital communication on culture by fostering collaboration among various disciplines housed in different colleges across the University;
2. To participate in creating a cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities, which is to say, a structure capable of making the human record accessible and usable by new computing technologies that will allow performing the new kinds of research that have been impossible up to now;
3. To foster among faculty at Texas A&M University inter-institutional and international relationships for the sake of maximizing the use of expertise and resources devoted to research in the Humanities, new media, and art.
Texas A&M is very serious about starting this initiative and is putting major resources into its development.

Founded in 1876 as the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, Texas A&M was ranked 3rd in the US in terms of Research Expenditures.  Home to more than 50,000 students, ranking as the sixth-largest university in the country, TAMU has an endowment valued at more than $5 billion, which ranks fourth among U.S. public universities and 10th overall.  Home to the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries (http://www.csdl.tamu.edu/), the Dwight Look College of Engineering was ranked 9th in the country in 2012 by US News and World Report.  Texas A&M University has the first and only Department of Visualization in its College of Architecture, and that department has just been granted an MFA program to complement its BS and MS degrees in Visualization (http://vvvvvv.viz.tamu.edu/).  The Departments of Computer Science and Engineering, Communication, English, Education, and History collectively offer a Digital Humanities Certificate to Graduate students at the Master’s and Ph.D. levels (http://dhcertificate.tamu.edu).  TAMU is also top 20 nationally for number of doctoral degrees awarded to minority students.

Here follows a short version of the advertisement—please go to http://idhmc.tamu.edu -- then recent posts -- to see the full version, or use the link given above.

Texas A&M University seeks to hire at the level of Associate or Full Professor a scholar with an established record in digital humanities research and leadership to participate as Associate Director in establishing an interdisciplinary Institute for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture (IDHMC). The appointment would be hired with tenure in an academic department that is closely associated with the candidate’s main research direction. Candidates must be working at an advanced level in a discipline such as Visualization, Computer Science, Anthropology, Architecture, Digital Rhetorics, Ethics, or Philosophy, and the successful candidate is expected to teach in that discipline.  We are interested in scholars who bridge the gap between critical and creative studies and those who have an interest in developing grant-funded projects.  For further information, please go to http://idhmc.tamu.edu.  Send a letter, CV, and 4-6 recommendation letters to Laura Mandell, Director, 4227 TAMU, Texas A&M Univ., College Station, TX, 77843-4227.

Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. TAMU is an AA/EEO employer, committed to diversity, and responds to the needs of dual-career couples.

See further http://idhmc.tamu.edu/ .  Applications considered until the position is filled.

Laura Mandell
Professor of English
Director, Initiative for Digital Humanities, Media, and Culture
Texas A&M University
237 Blocker, MS 4227
College Station, TX 77843-4227
(979) 845-8345
mandell at tamu.edu

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