We’re excited about this CLIR Post-doc position that was recently crafted here at UCLA.
Please forward the information to potential candidates.
Applications are due December 27, 2013.
Information for Applicants is here: http://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc/applicants
Thanks very much!
Zoe Borovsky, Ph.D.
Librarian for Digital Research and Scholarship,
Digital Humanities, Anthropology and Archaeology
UCLA Library CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship 2013-2015
The UCLA Library offers a two-year CLIR Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Collections, Research and Instructional Services Department of the Charles E. Young Research Library. The fellow will be based in the Research Library’s Research Commons and will be engaged in developing a long-range plan for supporting digital research projects that draw upon resources and expertise of the library’s Digital Library Program, the Center for Primary Research and Training (Special Collections) and UCLA’s Center for Digital Humanities. The fellow will work closely with subject librarians, digital librarians, the Librarian for Digital Research and Scholarship, as well as faculty, graduate students and IT staff engaged in digital humanities research at UCLA. Because UCLA’s Digital Library and the Center for Digital Humanities have several existing projects that are based upon time-map applications, the primary focus of the fellowship will be on designing workflows for digital projects based on materials in Special Collections that can utilize components of a shared time-map infrastructure.
Aspects of the fellowship include:
- Work with CDH and Digital Library staff to inventory existing UCLA time-map applications (e.g. AEGARON, UCLA Encyclopedia of Egyptology, Cuneiform Digital Library, and Hypercities) for common and unique components, developing mock-ups or prototypes of functionalities
- Work with Special Collections to identify collections that would benefit from time-map functionality
- Design a workflow for developing digital projects that includes
- an outreach program showcasing collections and prototypes and a call for projects
- a workshop for scoping the projects with researchers, developers, and designers that leads toward the selection of several projects for development
- identification of a project team (librarians, developers and designers) for each project
- the development of these projects by the Center for Digital Humanities and the Digital Library team
- Serve as coordinator to steward these projects from inception to ingestion in the Digital Library Collection system
Team-based experience, graduate degree in a relevant field of study (e.g., history, archaeology, geography, urban planning, design, information studies), familiarity with digital research tools and methods such as GIS-based mapping tools, visualization tools and technologies (e.g. D3.js). Familiarity with web-based content management systems (e.g. Drupal) and digital repositories (e.g. Fedora). Ability to communicate well across disparate individuals/groups including scholars, students, librarians, programmers.
Demonstrated experience with digital research tools, web design; Experience working with digitized collections, especially experience in preparing collections for digitization, digitizing collections, and resolving issues with metadata, searching and storage in digitized collections; Research experience with archives and other original source material.
About UCLA and the UCLA Library
UCLA is one of the leading public research universities in the United States. It ranks among the nation's top five institutions in research funding. UCLA is one of the top 10 universities in the country in the number of doctoral degrees it awards each year, and among the top 25 for professional degrees. The university includes more than 100 separate academic programs and 11 professional schools.
Ranked among the top 10 academic research libraries in North America, the UCLA Library houses one of the most comprehensive and highly used collections in the world, with more than 9 million volumes, tens of thousands of serial subscriptions, and extensive online academic resources to which the library subscribes for the benefit of the university community. UCLA students have access to the holdings of all of the University of California libraries, which are collectively second in size only to those of the Library of Congress.
The UCLA Library's extensive Digital Library Program (DLP) http://digital2.library.ucla.edu/ serves as the catalyst for the creation, management, and delivery of digital content in support of the UCLA Library's mission and goals. The DLP provides for the storage and dissemination of digital objects, including text, images, audio, data files, and video in their various digital manifestations and combinations. The UCLA Library provides a web presence for digital collections and provides storage, backup, and digital preservation support for all digital content accepted into, or developed by, the library. The DLP grows in scope daily and currently includes approximately 735,000 digital objects.
UCLA's Library Special Collections (LSC) http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/special-collections is recognized internationally as being one of the largest and most distinguished repositories in the United States for archival collections, rare books and manuscripts, historic photographs, audiovisual materials, maps, oral histories, ephemera, and other types of special research materials. It includes the notable Center for Primary Research -- description here.
The Center for Digital Humanities at UCLA
The vision for the UCLA Center for Digital Humanities (CDH) is to become a leading research and teaching unit dedicated to expanding the frontiers and forms of knowledge in the 21st century. Our mission is driven by the belief that the public research university is a vital site for the invention, application, and translation of humanistic knowledge and that this happens through transdisciplinary collaborations across and beyond the university. Integrated with humanities computing expertise, CDH is a physical space for exploration and experimentation as well as a virtual space for networking and sharing. It is composed of a community of scholars, students, and practitioners who come together to design, create, experiment, innovate, and disseminate new knowledge in the digital age. At UCLA, CDH is a “center of excellence,” sponsored by the Division of the Humanities and supported by the Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE), leading the way for innovation in research and teaching that bridges Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Information Studies, and Computational Sciences. At its core, CDH aims to expand the reach and impact of the Humanities and humanistic knowledge for the public good, while also enabling world-class scholarship, teaching and learning, all founded on technology excellence.
In practice, the Center for Digital Humanities functions as a “humanities lab” or “knowledge design studio” by bringing together faculty, students, research scholars, technologists, and librarians. Led by a faculty director with guidance provided by a faculty advisory committee and the Humanities CIO, CDH is a catalyst for innovation and applied knowledge. Projects cross the boundaries between research, teaching, and service, thereby creating new knowledge collaborations and possibilities for engagement. CDH is also a leader in the creative dissemination of knowledge through publications (both print and digital modalities), digital tool development, pedagogical methods and resources, and project incubation and development. The staff and faculty at CDH are prominent leaders throughout the national and international digital humanities community, participating in everything from major professional organizations and grant-funded initiatives to conferences and hack-a-thons.
This vision of CDH builds upon an existing structure of technologies, services and expertise that supports, and will continue to support, the entire Humanities Division. Existing expertise in instructional technology and design, project incubation and development, web development for departments and faculty projects, network and server-based solutions for humanities teaching and research, and end-to-end faculty and staff support ensure that, going forward, CDH will continue to serve as the hub for technology in support of Humanities knowledge creation and dissemination. The marriage of foundational humanistic computing infrastructure and practices with innovation in digital humanities research and instructional projects ensures that the evolution of humanistic knowledge creation is intimately tied to the evolution of technology solutions responding to the full spectrum of humanistic computing. This necessarily fosters the ongoing creation of community around technology needs, and invites new entrants from Humanities departments and the larger community to the digital humanities knowledge studio that is CDH.
Goals for CDH in the next 3-5 years:
· Facilitates innovation through faculty, staff, and student initiated research and teaching projects
· Provides support (including technical and grant support) across the life-cycle of a project, from initial conceptualization and incubation to mature, extramurally funded initiatives
· Collaborates with key partners across the campus to enable the full spectrum of academic and technological practices, including the Institute for Digital Research and Innovation (IDRE), the UCLA Library, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), Information Technology Services (ITS), and the Common Collaboration and Learning Environment (CCLE).
· Garners funding for new staff, space, and initiatives by means of a proactive and targeted development campaign in combination with foundation and grant support, working in partnership with the Dean’s office, the Vice Chancellor for Research, the UCLA Library, IDRE, and External Affairs
· Houses the Digital Humanities minor and graduate certificate program; provides opportunities for students to work directly on DH research projects.
· Supports and/or collaborates with key campus technology-enabled research and instructional spaces (and supports further innovation of these spaces): the CDH Learning Lab (Rolfe); the Laboratory for Digital Cultural Heritage, the Digital Hub, and the Research Commons (YRL); the Technology Sandbox and the Visualization Portal (Math Sciences); research and instructional spaces operated by key campus partners.
· At the level of senior leadership, all staff have advanced degrees and are active researchers and teachers in one or more subfields of the digital humanities (ie, visualization, data curation, geo-spatial analysis, etc.)