Digital Scholarship Strategist

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 (All day) to Tuesday, August 6, 2019 (All day)

The Digital Scholarship Strategist at Ball State University Libraries is a vital member of the Digital Scholarship and Special Collections unit of University Libraries, providing innovative leadership to support digital scholarship and research on campus. The Strategist will play a crucial role in advancing the work of the University Libraries’ Office of Digital Research and Publishing, launched in 2018 to advance the creation, dissemination, and preservation of online scholarship created at Ball State University by providing collaborative opportunities, workshops and instruction, consultative services, and access to technology solutions. The strategist will work collaboratively and inclusively with a diverse campus community including faculty, staff, and undergraduate and graduate students.

Ball State University has developed a reputation as leaders in the field of digital scholarship, with its faculty and librarians contributing to What Middletown Read and The Buffalo Bill Project, both identified by the National Endowment for the Humanities as being among the 50 most impactful projects funded by the agency from 1965 to 2015. The Strategist will enable the Libraries and the University to help bolster this already-strong reputation, creating a supportive and collaborative environment to foster further innovation and learning through digital scholarship.

Minimum qualifications:  MLS/MLIS/MIS degree from an ALA accredited program or other relevant advanced degree in the natural sciences, social sciences, applied sciences, or humanities with relevant digital scholarship training and experience.  At least one year of experience producing digital scholarship/digital humanities research, utilizing digital tools in a research environment; knowledge of research methods and technical applications in a digital scholarship environment; strong technical, problem-solving, and communication skills required; demonstrated ability to collaborate with colleagues in an academic setting.  Effective oral and written communication skills.         

Candidates for searches must have current authorization to be employed in the U.S. without employer sponsorship.

Preferred qualifications: 2nd Master’s degree or doctorate in related field.  Experience with text mining, data visualization applications, and/or data management projects and tools; experience using the Omeka digital scholarship publishing platform; experience with grant writing. 

Apply online at:  Include the following documents with your application:  cover letter addressed to Mr. Michael Szajewski, resume and copy of Master’s transcripts.

Please note that this posting requires transcripts (even if obtained at Ball State University), along with the other required documents, at time of application. The transcript must show the date that the degree was conferred from the granting institution in order for the applicant to be moved forward in the interview/hiring process. Original, official transcripts will be required at time of hire. Additionally, a degree verification will be ordered at time of hire.  Review of applications will begin immediately and will be accepted through August 6, 2019.

Ball State University is located in Muncie, Indiana, approximately 45 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Approximately 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students enroll each year in diverse academic programs on and off campus.  Our students come from all Indiana counties, all 50 states and 68 countries to pursue knowledge in seven academic colleges offering 190 undergraduate majors, 130 undergraduate minors, 140 graduate programs and 200 study abroad programs.

The Ball State way is rooted in the Beneficence Pledge – a commitment to excellence in teaching and scholarship, honesty and integrity, social responsibility, gratitude and valuing the intrinsic worth of each member of our community. Ball State students, faculty and staff are empowered in a culture that believes in them and demands they believe in themselves. They are partners in an innovative, immersive approach to education. They are supported by living and learning facilities that enable intellectual curiosity. We graduate scholars who are changing the world, and we’ve dedicated our University to do the same.

The university offers an excellent wellness program and extensive benefits offerings to include a generous paid time off package and paid parental leave.  For further information regarding benefits please visit:

Ball State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status or any other legally protected status.


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