The Ohio State University — Mary P. Key Diversity Resident, Global Digital Humanities Librarian

The Ohio State University Libraries (OSUL) seeks a dynamic librarian for the position of Mary P. Key Diversity Resident. OSU Libraries’ two-year Mary P. Key Diversity Residency Program provides mentorship for a successful transition from academic training to research librarianship, provides hands- on exposure in many areas of the University Libraries, and contributes to advancing diversity initiatives for both the academic librarianship profession and The Ohio State University Libraries. The program provides professional development in a nurturing, yet productive, real-world environment at one of the top 10 public university libraries in the country. The Resident will be encouraged to participate in selected workshops, conferences, and committees and develop a robust portfolio of engagement at the start of their library career.

The Resident will serve as the Global Digital Humanities Librarian for the Research Services and Area Studies programs that lead the Libraries in creating new, engagement-centered research service models based in cross-university partnerships, user-oriented assessment, and long-standing success in advancing information literacy. As a member of the Research Services and Area Studies teams, the Resident will connect faculty and students in international and area studies departments with the Libraries’ growing digital humanities services through the Research Commons. The Resident will work collaboratively with colleagues across the Libraries to support this academic community throughout the research lifecycle from content generation/acquisition to data curation. The Resident will contribute to the Libraries’ ongoing efforts to deeply engage with and support digital humanities scholarship by acting as a liaison for multidisciplinary area studies research centers. Situated at the intersection of disciplines, resources, and services, this position will support the University’s efforts to create distinctive and internationally recognized scholarship and to facilitate knowledge exchange on a global scale. Reporting to the Digital Humanities Librarian, the Resident will enrich the Libraries’ support for the innovative research and teaching underway at one of the world’s most prominent research institutions.


  • Serve as OSUL’s digital humanities liaison to relevant area studies departments and multidisciplinary research centers.
  • Engage with area studies faculty and students to support digital humanities research and scholarship.
  • Collaborate with library colleagues to develop and deliver instruction on digital humanities tools and methods.
  • Collaborate with library colleagues in research services and area studies to promote digital humanities services that support research and research pedagogy.
  • Hold regular office hours in the Area Studies department.
  • Develop and strengthen partnerships between the Libraries and other University initiatives such as the Global Gateways Program and the Humanities and the Arts Discovery Theme.
  • Serve on selected OSUL committees and work closely with the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
  • Begin development of a research agenda that will contribute to an area of scholarship.


  • Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited or equivalent program or relevant PhD completed by the time of appointment.
  • Familiarity with current and emerging digital humanities tools and methods. Oral, written, and reading proficiency in a foreign language other than English.


  • Experience using digital humanities tools and methods (e.g. text analysis, text encoding, GIS, database design, website development, minimal design).
  • Project management experience.
  • Understanding of the issues related to digital humanities work (e.g. infrastructure, collaborators’ rights, evaluation guidelines, sustainability issues).
  • Understanding of the issues related to global digital humanities work (e.g. cultural sensitivities, cultural representation, foreign language special characters, etc.).

About the Appointment:
This is a full-time, two-year visiting faculty (non-tenure track) position. As a Visiting Faculty member, the Resident is strongly encouraged to engage in professional research and publication. The Resident will provide a faculty annual report as well as periodic reports to the Diversity Committee to track progress on established objectives. Salary is commensurate based on qualifications and experience.

Discover Ohio State:
For 147 years, The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It’s where friendships are forged. It’s where rivalries and revelry are born.

The University’s main campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

University Libraries provides patrons with access to information at 13 locations across the Columbus campus to support the research, teaching and learning needs of students and scholars, Buckeyes and beyond. We offer services and educational resources that open minds and advance equity, inclusion, and diversity in the pursuit and sharing of knowledge. Our libraries provide access to deep research collections, an extensive offering of online resources available anytime anywhere, and special collections of exceptional quality and distinction. Our facilities offer work spaces designed to enable a variety of learning styles and research methods. We strive to provide convenient, ubiquitous resources and services – in your home, in your office, inside one of our welcoming facilities, or wherever your scholarly pursuits lead you. Librarians familiar with the subject areas and expert in associated research techniques are available for consultation.

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The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 10 days of vacation, 15 days of sick leave, 10 paid holidays, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by June 4, 2017. Please send cover letter, CV, references, salary history and requirements to Patrick Schell at Please include the position title in the subject field.

Contact Information: Patrick Schell, Human Resources, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-5917.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.