[Humanist] 27.382 jobs at King's, New York Public Library

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Fri Sep 27 05:48:45 CEST 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 382.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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  [1]   From:    Doug Reside <dougreside at gmail.com>                        (62)
        Subject: Job at NYPL: Director of Digital Initiatives

  [2]   From:    Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>          (65)
        Subject: job at King's

        Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:02:57 -0400
        From: Doug Reside <dougreside at gmail.com>
        Subject: Job at NYPL: Director of Digital Initiatives

Director, Digital Initiatives and Services
The New York Public Library


Reporting to the Chief Library Officer of The New York Public Library, the
Director, Digital Initiatives and Services leads the experimentation,
implementation and portfolio management of the digital user experience.
This person partners with internal and external stakeholders to identify,
design, incubate and ensure delivery of an excellent user experience across
all our digital properties. This position forms part of a senior team
responsible for the digital strategy and customer service across the NYPL.


The qualified candidate will have direct oversight of the NYPL innovation
program (includes NYPL Labs), the vision and direction of our user
experience, new product and service implementation, and digital portfolio
management. Specific responsibilities include;

   - Accountable to the User Experience Leadership team for delivery on the
   digital strategy
   - Partners with Strategy in the design and effective use of user
   analytics and research in decision-making,
   - Partners with the Chief Technology Officer on technology strategy and
   product development
   - Accountable for ease of use throughout the Library’s digital
   properties, including building strong digital partner experiences
   - Under the direction of the CLO and in partnership with the Andrew W.
   Mellon director, the VP of Public Services, the VP of Marketing and
   Communications, and the VP of Finance and Strategic Initiatives, leads the
   planning and implementation of NYPL’s digital strategy
   - In conjunction with other stakeholders, actively looks for and drives
   changes in the digital portfolio
   - Involved in hiring, developing and retaining digital expertise
   - Accountable for developing and overseeing the Digital Initiatives and
   Services budget
   - In collaboration with the CLO represents the digital strategy with
   internal and external stakeholders

Key Competencies:

   - User experience focus
   - Analytical thinking
   - Skilled communicator
   - A track record of successful collaboration and team building across
   and within organizations
   - Strong ability to manage through change


   - A minimum of ten years working in the information industry –
   preferably in education or higher education, digital humanities, digital
   libraries or Internet-based publishing or product management
   - Bachelors Degree in information science or other related field
   required, Masters Degree prefered
   - Extensive experience stewarding products from incubation to production
   - Demonstrated track record of developing and using data and user-based
   research to deliver
   - Demonstrated track record of excellent customer service leadership
   - Excellent internal and external communicator
   - Excellent understanding of current day technologies (including but not
   limited to apps, collaboration, search and discovery, digital asset
   - Demonstrated history of collaboration across business units to bring
   about large-scale organizational change

Work Environment:

Standard office environment

Physical Duties:


        Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2013 17:54:32 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: job at King's

Research Associate in Big Social Data
Department of Digital Humanities
School of Arts & Humanities
Reference Number: R6/AAV/967/13-MK

Grade 6, £31,331 - £35,244 per annum,
plus £2,323 London allowance per annum

To email: recruitmentteam3 at kcl.ac.uk

Applications should be made electronically in Word or PDF format.

Please ensure you quote reference number R6/AAV/967/13-MK on all

Informal enquiries may be made to Tobias Blanke on 020 7848 1975, or via
email at tobias.blanke at kcl.ac.uk.

Closing date:  17 October 2013

The Department is seeking a Research Associate in dynamic web and mobile
development including implementation of front-end interfaces with an
interest in working in big social data. The Researcher will work on an AHRC
Big Data funded research project called ‘Our data, ourselves’.
Collectively, we now create more data in two days than we did in all of
2002. Whether it is the 4 Billion pieces of content shared daily on
Facebook, the 200 Million tweets, more than 5 Billion of us intensively
produce unprecedented and unfathomable amounts of social data whenever we
text, browse, post or generate content on our phones. We call this Big
Social Data (BSD), and it entails the symbolic content we generate as will
as the metadata our phones emit, tracking our bodies through time and space.
Recent revelations about the NSA and GCHQ reveal just how data centric our
society has become. The project 'Our Data, Ourselves' seeks to democratise
BSD. We seek to turn it into a community asset and develop tools,
applications, formats and practices which will enable important new research
on and using BSD by arts and humanities researchers. We will partner with
youth coders in the Young Rewired State network as co-researchers, and gain
privileged insight into how the mediated connectedness manifested by BSD is
transforming communities. We will work with our young co- researchers to
develop tools and applications for the capture, storage, and analysis of
BSD, primarily from mobile phones. We will create an open environment for
BSD research and develop an ethical framework for data sharing available for
widespread community use. We envision a BSD research commons, respectful of
privacy concerns, and engaging young tech-savvy communities to gain a
greater understanding of the data-intensive digital culture of mobile

We develop a freely accessible, open source online market place for tools
and applications enabling the extraction of BSD from smart phones. We engage
in hackathons to develop these tools, and engage privacy concerns,
developing anonymisation technologies and produce policy white papers on
ethical data sharing. We seek to turn BSD, which is currently primarily
fodder for targeted ads and surveillance into a community resource available
for creative use. If it is 'our data ourselves', our BSD commons will
empower us to use it in new ways, both in community and by arts and
humanities researchers.

The successful candidate for this position will be a web/mobile platforms
researcher with experience in sophisticated public facing applications.  The
post-holder will have excellent knowledge of scripting languages such as PHP
and Python and web-development technologies (Javascript, CSS, HTML5).
Knowledge of the Andriod platform would be an advantage, too. They will need
to be able to work effectively as part of a multi-disciplinary team, as well
as to work independently.

Experience with collaborative development around open-source code-hosting
repositories (such as Github, Bitbucket or Google Code) would be an

The post is for 16 months and is a full time appointment. The post holder
will be based at the Drury Lane site but the post will involve some travel
to meet with the communities involved.

Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor, Department of Digital
Humanities, King's College London, and Research Group in Digital
Humanities, University of Western Sydney

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