[Humanist] 27.620 jobs: CLIR postdocs; project manager position

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 620.
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  [1]   From:    Owen Williams <OWilliams at FOLGER.edu>                       (7)
        Subject: Two Folger opportunities

  [2]   From:    Dot Porter <dot.porter at gmail.com>                        (143)
        Subject: CLIR post-doc in early modern data curation at Penn

  [3]   From:    "Dalmau, Michelle Denise" <mdalmau at indiana.edu>            (5)
        Subject: CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Early
                Modern Studies: Deadline, 12/27/2013!

        Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 15:29:11 +0000
        From: Owen Williams <OWilliams at FOLGER.edu>
        Subject: Two Folger opportunities

Two very different Folger positions are available for early modernists with some digital humanities experience. Please help us get the word out to suitable candidates.

The first is for a postdoctoral CLIR-Folger Digital Communities Fellow to contribute to ongoing digital initiatives at the Library and to help plan and implement new ones, especially those involving data curation:


The application deadline is 27 December 2013. Applicants must have received a Ph.D. after January 1, 2009, but before the two-year fellowship begins. The position is held in the Folger Institute, but the fellow will collaborate with interdepartmental teams.

As was introduced during the fall meeting, the second is for a Project Manager for the IMLS-funded Early Modern Manuscripts Online (EMMO) project:


Heather Wolfe will be the Project Manager's supervisor, and the employment term is for three years.

        Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 11:09:38 -0500
        From: Dot Porter <dot.porter at gmail.com>
        Subject: CLIR post-doc in early modern data curation at Penn

Thrilled to share this announcement, and apologies for cross-posting.
Please share widely. Deadline is December 27. Feel free to contact me with
any questions.

Full description and application details:


University of Pennsylvania
*P**e**n**n Provenance Project Fellow*

The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seek an innovative and energetic
CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Early Modern Studies to play
an integral role in the working life of the Kislak Center for Special
Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts at Penn’s Van Pelt Library,
including overseeing the transition of the Penn Provenance Project (PPP)
and its data to a new platform.

*P**e**n**n Provenance Project (PPP)*
Through its faculty and library resources, the University of Pennsylvania
has long been at the forefront of book history and material text research,
especially in the early modern era. Building on this strength, the Kislak
Center is actively becoming a node for provenance history research. This
research is essential for understanding how texts moved through the early
modern world, what kinds of books collectors and libraries of the period
valued, and the nature of print and manuscript cultural production. The
fellow will play a key role in developing this field through his or her
research and involvement in working with book historical data at the Kislak
Center through the Penn Provenance Project.

Born out of a CLIR hidden collections grant, the PPP was created by the
Kislak Center’s cataloging team which has captured more than 12,000 images
of provenance markings, bookstamps, and bindings. Dating largely from the
early modern period, these invaluable witnesses to the history of book
culture and circulation are available to the world through Flickr for
viewing, comment, and identification 
(http://www.flickr.com/people/58558794@N07/). The Penn Provenance Project
differs from many other provenance initiatives in that it places digital
images of markings, stamps, and inscriptions alongside bibliographic
information. This visual data allows researchers and the public to compare
physical objects all around the world and will eventually enable scholars
to survey the landscape of early modern book culture with ease and
precision. There have been over one million page views of content from the
site and the project has proved useful in identifying a number of
previously unknown book owners. The global community for the site includes
people from many backgrounds, including experts in paleography from Germany
as well as non-academics like Pedro Joaristi who identified one of his
father’s books based on our photographs.

The Kislak Center is now poised to develop the Penn Provenance Project well
beyond the boundaries of our own collections in order to help identify and
curate marks of ownership from book and manuscript holdings worldwide.
Currently a wealth of information about early modern book owners and
libraries exists within the PPP’s Flickr site but this data is largely
unstructured and is not in easy machine-readable conversation with other
resources.  The CLIR fellow will be an integral part of the Penn Provenance
Project team as it plans and executes the transition from Flickr and will
have the responsibility of curating the data generated by the expanded
project. In order to bring as many data sources to bear on the project as
possible, the fellow will work closely with several partner institutions.
For example, the curators of rare books and manuscripts at the Folger
Library have agreed to participate in growing the PPP by contributing
provenance information from their rich early modern holdings. The fellow
will ensure that all data gathered and generated by the PPP and partners is
available openly and linked with larger early modern data repositories like
the Consortium of European Research Libraries’ (CERL) online provenance

*P**e**n**n Provenance Project Fellow responsibilities:*

   - Project management: ensuring the project stays on time and others'
   tasks are done in a timely manner
   - Data mapping and transformation:  working with colleagues to implement
   a data model and  managing the movement of data from Flickr to a new
   - Bringing in new data: working with colleagues to ingest images and
   provenance descriptions from both Penn and partner institutions into the
   - Expanding the range of partner participants: offering guidance and
   instruction to the faculty, students, and library staff that will be
   generating new data for the project.
   - Linking data: working with colleagues and partners to ensure that PPP
   data is linked with other data sources in the field, such as the VIAF and
   CERL authority files.
   - Promoting use of the PPP: through teaching, independent research,
   papers, online or live presentations, workshops and/or symposia that help
   scholars, students, librarians, and the general public understand the
   significance of provenance data to Early Modern Studies.
   - Strategic development of the PPP: planning and experimenting with
   innovative ways of displaying and analyzing the project’s data.

At Penn the fellow will report to Will Noel (Director – Kislak Center) and
receive mentoring and guidance from experts in the field. These include,
Dot Porter (Curator of Digital Research Services), Doug Emery (Digital
Content Programmer), Zack Lesser (Associate Professor, Department of
English), Peter Stallybrass (Professor, Department of English) as well as

wider Philadelphia history of the book community. The fellow will also be a
member of the English Department at Penn and will have access to the
resources and faculty of that body. He or she will also have the
opportunity to participate in the programs of the Kislak Center and the
English Department including organizing seminars on best digital practices,
delivering lectures, and curating exhibitions. The fellow will help plan,
solicit contributions, and speak at the seventh annual Schoenberg Symposium
on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age in 2015. This will provide the
fellow with a platform for presenting new developments in the field of
early modern data curation, including those to which he or she has

The candidate will hold a PhD in an area of early modern studies, with a
concentration in the history of the book. Working knowledge of at least one
non-English language is preferred. Experience with prior digital projects
and some knowledge of programming preferred. Prior work experience in
special collections is desirable.

*About the Kislak Center*
The Kislak Center is the product of a $17 million renovation project and
houses an extraordinary collection of rare books and manuscripts. Its
mission is to bring its collections together with modern technology and a
wide base of patrons in order to provide access to and understanding of our
common cultural and intellectual heritage. The fellow will benefit from the
combined skills and knowledge of the Kislak Center’s curators, researchers,
and technology professionals as well as the faculty of various humanities
departments and the wider resources of the University.

The Kislak Center has a deep commitment to provenance research and book
history and the fellow will be able to draw upon the resources and
expertise already extant here. For instance, the Center already supports
the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts (SBDM). The SBDM is the largest
repository of manuscript provenance data in the world, currently containing
over 200,000 records, with more being added each day, representing the
movements of approximately 90,000 manuscripts. The records in the SBDM
represent not only a wealth of data on manuscripts produced in the early
modern period but also records of countless book transactions and sales
from that era.  In addition, the Kislak Center hosts digital facsimiles of
more than 3,000 manuscript books from the early modern period in its
collections, which might fruitfully be used in the Penn Provenance Project.
The Center also has extensive expertise in working with data. The Curator
for Digital Research Services, for example, is a co-Director of the
Mellon-funded Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance (MESA) project to
aggregate data on digitized medieval collections of manuscripts and other

Dot Porter (MA, MSLS)
Digital Medievalist, Digital Librarian
Email: dot.porter at gmail.com
Personal blog: dotporterdigital.org
Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance: http://www.mesa-medieval.org
MESA blog: http://mesamedieval.wordpress.com/
MESA on Facebook:

        Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 17:04:02 +0000
        From: "Dalmau, Michelle Denise" <mdalmau at indiana.edu>
        Subject: CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in Data Curation for Early Modern Studies: Deadline, 12/27/2013!

The Indiana University Libraries, with support from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) through a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on advancing scholarly and research data curation practices and services in Early Modern Studies.  The Fellow will be based organizationally in the Libraries, with a joint appointment in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science in the College of Arts and Sciences, and will collaborate with librarians, technologists, and faculty to further the state of data curation knowledge and practice for early modern scholars by establishing best practices, refining workflows, and building tools that will inevitably extend support for humanities data curation initiatives across Indiana University.

The Fellow will contribute primarily to The Chymistry of Isaac Newton project (http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/newton), an online, scholarly and critical edition of Sir Isaac Newton's alchemical manuscripts comprised of nearly a million words, which have been transcribed and encoded according to the Guidelines for Electronic Text Encoding and Interchange (TEI) with the likelihood of expanding collaborations in related disciplines.

The application deadline is December 27, 2013.  Please consult the full post for more information:

For details on how to apply, see: http://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/applicants.

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