Scholarly Communications Design Studio Coordinator

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 (All day)

University Archives, Special Collections & Digital Curation – UConn Libraries

The Scholarly Communications Design Studio Coordinator is a new interdisciplinary position created to provide leadership and coordination for design project development and engage with faculty, graduate students, undergraduates, and the broader University community across all UConn campuses to facilitate and promote design thinking in digital scholarship. The Scholarly Communications Design Studio Coordinator organizes and coordinates facilities management and scheduling, technology training and support, and project support services devoted to digital scholarship projects at the UConn Libraries.

In conjunction with the Department of Digital Media & Design (DMD) the Scholarly Communications Design Studio is a newly formed program that brings scholars into deep and sustained conversation and fosters collaborations with professional designers, web and application developers, librarians, data management experts, developmental editors, digital archivists, and university press representatives. The Design Studio ensures that design thinking is integrated throughout the cycle of research, analysis, writing, editing, and publication. The Design Studio operationalizes the design of multimodal scholarship, develops systems that scale, and tracks, assesses and disseminates the results via open journal systems, digital repositories, and other digital scholarship platforms and media.

Reporting to the Head of Digital Scholarship and Data Curation, within the University Archives, Special Collections and Digital Curation Program Area, the Scholarly Communications Design Studio Coordinator will actively contribute to and coordinate digital scholarship related research projects led or co-led by faculty, librarians, graduate students, and undergraduate students. The successful candidate will:

  •  Facilitate project envisioning and definition.
  • Advise about project scope, requirements and specifications.
  • Guide project design within the context of digital scholarship.
  • Provide training and support in digital scholarship methods and tools.
  • Evaluate and integrate existing digital scholarship tools.
  • Contribute to the development of new digital scholarship projects, tools, and initiatives as appropriate.
  • Manage the Design Studio facilities, technology, and project support services.
  • Serve as a bridge between UConn Libraries, DMD, faculty, librarians, and students.

Minimum Qualifications for Appointment as Program Specialist II (UCP 7):

  •  Graduate degree in an appropriate academic discipline with relevant experience in digital scholarship from an accredited graduate program.
  • Minimum of three years’ related experience with evidence of recent significant accomplishments and leadership.
  • Recent project management and/or design process experience.
  • Knowledge of tools currently used in digital scholarship, including open source and proprietary digital publishing platforms, data manipulation, and/or visualization programs.
  • Knowledge and understanding of research and publishing processes in an academic setting, especially how these relate to digital resources.
  • Knowledge of current technologies and applications for digital scholarship and understanding of best practices in the digital humanities.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively work collaboratively and independently.
  • Excellent demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent demonstrated organizational skills, interpersonal skills and ability to manage multiple priorities.

Additional Minimum Qualifications for Appointment as Librarian II (UCP 7):

  • Graduate degree in Library or Information Science from an American Library Association accredited institution with relevant experience in digital scholarship.
  • Evidence of recent active engagement in scholarly activities and sharing of expertise at a local level.
  • Work experience in an academic or research library.

Preferred Qualifications for all Appointments:

  • Demonstrated experience with current tools used in digital scholarship, including, for example, open source or proprietary digital publishing platforms or data manipulation and visualization programs.
  • Demonstrated recent experience in and understanding of research and publishing processes in an academic setting, especially how these relate to digital resources.
  • Demonstrated recent experience with current technologies and applications for digital scholarship and understanding of emergent best practices in the digital humanities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of web design and development technologies, including HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript.
  • Demonstrated knowledge in one or more areas of digital media design and production, for example, audio and/or video editing, graphic design, or motion graphics.
  • Demonstrated leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to quickly learn new tools and technologies.
  • Working knowledge of XML and TEI.
  • Successful grant-writing experience.

This is a full time position with an anticipated start date of November 13, 2015. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Rank and salary are dependent upon education, qualifications and experience.

Applications should be submitted online using Husky Hire at http://www.jobs.uconn.edu and include a cover letter, detailed resume providing evidence of a distinguished record of scholarly achievement, and contact information for three professional references.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to khara.leon@uconn.edu. Position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by September 15, 2015. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

For information on employment opportunities at the UConn Libraries please contact:

Khara Leon
Head of Administrative Services, UConn Libraries
369 Fairfield Road, Unit 1005A
Storrs, CT 06269-1005
(860) 486-2219
khara.leon@uconn.edu

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