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Digital Scholarship Librarian

The Digital Scholarship Librarian is a full-time Librarian position that leads and manages the work of the ULS’s Digital Scholarship Services unit (DSS). The incumbent also directly supports faculty and students’ use of digital tools and methods in research and learning through consultations, project support, workshops and training programs, and curricular engagement. In this forward-facing and highly-collaborative position, the Digital Scholarship Librarian draws on a broad knowledge of contemporary digital scholarship practices, excellent communication skills, demonstrated management and leadership ability, and comfort with experimentation and learning by doing. The position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Scholarship and Creation.
The Digital Scholarship Services unit is a front-end to the University Library System’s resources, expertise, and services in support of a broad range of digital and data-intensive scholarly activities. Areas of focus for DSS include research data management, data visualization, text and network analysis, geographic information systems (GIS), and digital project management and infrastructure support.


The Digital Scholarship Librarian manages the work of the librarians, staff, and postdoctoral researchers within the unit, and collaborates with individuals and units across the ULS to provide services that are responsive to faculty and student needs. Responsibilities include:

  • Providing leadership and development for ULS support and expertise around data visualization, text and/or network analysis, and computational research platforms
  • Conducting consultations and instruction for students, faculty, and researchers using digital tools and computational methods supported by DSS
  • Providing operational leadership for digital scholarship work spaces in Hillman Library, such as the Data Lab, including oversight of equipment, software, and affiliated student workers
  • Fostering community and organizational engagement with digital scholarship by hosting and presenting relevant speakers, seminars, and workshops
  • Working with other relevant units within the library to grow digital scholarship capacity and expertise across the organization
  • Developing and extending connections between the library and University faculty, researchers, and students engaging in digital scholarship

Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities.  This expectation includes such activities as participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups as well as the profession at a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas of expertise, participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities, and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research, services and collections.


  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree
  • At least three years of professional experience in a relevant setting
  • Knowledge of contemporary digital scholarship practices
  • Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following areas: data visualization, text analysis, network analysis, computational research platforms and workflows
  • A record of professional engagement and contributions that will allow for the appointment at Librarian II or Librarian III level
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, with successful supervisory experience preferred
  • Excellent communication skills

The University of Pittsburgh Library System
The University of Pittsburgh's University Library System ( is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and contains over 4.7 million print and electronic volumes, including access to over 300,000 journals and 570 databases. The University Library System (ULS) consists of 14 libraries and employs 75 faculty librarians and 103 staff. In addition to the ULS, the University of Pittsburgh includes libraries for the health sciences and law school.

The ULS stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Pittsburgh, fostering connections and knowledge creation and dissemination that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world to excel in research, scholarship and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, innovative Open Access publishing, and user-centered focus.

The ULS has recently enacted a major organizational realignment and is currently aggressively hiring in many areas of strategic priority, including research support, digital scholarship and creation, entrepreneurship and innovation, as we are repositioning our services to respond to and anticipate changes in research, teaching, and learning. We are also in the midst of a top-to-bottom renovation of Hillman Library, the central library of the University of Pittsburgh campus which saw 1.9 million visitors in FY17.  The reinvented Hillman ( will be a light-filled home to spaces, from vibrant to serene, for digital making and exploration, showcasing unique collections, advancing academic study, and fostering energetic, collaborative exchange.

This is an exciting time to join the Pitt library system and contribute to envisioning the library of the future.

The University of Pittsburgh
Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh ( is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Today Pitt is an internationally recognized center of learning and research, strong in the arts and sciences and the professions. Pitt serves approximately 32,000 students, including more than 9,000 graduate students, in the 16 schools at the Pittsburgh campus and the four regional campuses. Pitt attracts, on average, more than $700 million in research funding every year.  It is also one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright students and scholars for the 2017-18 academic year (according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), and is among only 16 institutions in the country to be named a top producer in both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs.  In 2018, for the second consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Pitt as the best public university in the Northeastern United States.

The City of Pittsburgh
The city of Pittsburgh is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education, and technological resources.  Additional information on the city of Pittsburgh can be found at:

Salary: Commensurate with experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including one month vacation per year; excellent medical plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance.

Successful candidate will meet the criteria for appointment at the rank of Librarian II or III, and will be hired on an initial 3-year renewable contract.  For further information, please see:

To apply, submit letter of application and CV with the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references via email to:  William Gentz, Director of Administrative Services (

Visa sponsorship is not offered with this position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled; primary consideration will be given to those received by July 6, 2018.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer -- Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled