Research Librarian for Digital Humanities & History

The UCI Libraries seeks a knowledgeable, innovative, and collaborative professional for the position of Research Librarian for Digital Humanities & History to lead the development and growth of the Libraries’ Digital Humanities Program.  As a member of the Digital Scholarship Services Department, the Librarian manages digital humanities projects, provides instruction and consultation services for digital research, and provides technical support on project work. The Librarian will proactively seek to build collaborative relationships with librarians and library staff, campus researchers, and scholars involved with digital humanities and humanities data.   As liaison to the History Department, the Librarian will work closely with history researchers on digital humanities and data curation efforts, will be responsible for history collection strategies and specialized research consultations, and will facilitate subject-based instructional services to the History Department.

Qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply.  The UCI Libraries is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing UCI’s Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provide digital humanities research services to faculty, students and researchers through consultations, training and instruction, event-planning, and collaborative partnership
  • Manage digital humanities and humanities data projects from inception to production
  • Actively seek collaborations with campus researchers practicing digital humanities or utilizing humanities data
  • Contribute to strategic planning and capacity building in order to sustainably grow digital scholarship services within the Libraries
  • Participate in grant development efforts and articulate Libraries' support commitments via active internal stakeholder engagement
  • Actively participate in growing a campus scholarly community of practice focused on digital humanities research methods
  • Participate with campus stakeholders in the UCI Digital Humanities Exchange,
  • Lead the collection and/or promotion of humanities data and digital collections created by campus scholars or acquired by the Libraries
  • Serve as the liaison to the faculty in the History Department, maintaining active two-way communication to incorporate faculty research and teaching needs into collection development and to inform faculty about collections, services, scholarly communication, and other library initiatives
  • Manage and develop the Libraries’ history collections in all formats and judiciously manage the budget
  • Keep abreast of publishing trends and scholarly communication developments in history and the humanities, promoting library services to support best practices in scholarly communication and data management
  • Provide in-depth and specialized reference and research consultations, and facilitate specialized instructional services for history and digital humanities
  • Develop, maintain, and continually enhance expertise in the assigned subject areas in order to respond to specialized reference and instruction needs and to cross-train other reference providers in these research areas




  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and experience related to digital humanities, humanities data, or digital libraries
  • Experience working with digital humanities projects
  • Familiarity with current trends, best practices, and innovative technologies in digital humanities and humanities data
  • Experience with digital humanities research tools and approaches (e.g. text mining, data visualization, image analysis)
  • Knowledge of data issues in the research life cycle and the use of collections as data
  • Ability to provide specialized reference and instruction in the subject area of history and digital humanities
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Familiarity with key research resources in digital humanities and history
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus


  • Educational background in history or a related discipline
  • Strong interest in working with students and faculty
  • Knowledge of history resources and scholarly communication issues and trends
  • Proficiency in a foreign language
  • Demonstrated ability to lead change
  • Experience with grant writing
  • Experience in developing a multifaceted program for a multidisciplinary constituency
  • Familiarity with common content-management systems used by humanities data creators (such as WordPress, Omeka, etc.)


The Digital Scholarship Services Department

Digital Scholarship Services fosters the use of digital content and transformative technology in scholarship and academic activities. This department works with the campus community to publish, promote, and preserve the digital products of research via programs in Scholarly Communication, Data Curation, Digital Humanities, and Digital Preservation. The department administers repository systems and provides consulting and digital project management for digital collection building. The department currently consists of four librarians and a programmer analyst.

The UCI Libraries

At the heart of the University of California, Irvine’s academic community, the UCI Libraries plays a vital role in enabling our outstanding students, faculty and researchers to create new knowledge, develop lifelong learning skills, and make meaningful contributions to society.  We value innovation and collaboration, and we are committed to fostering an environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion.  See our Diversity Statement and Plan (

The Libraries physical spaces consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library.  These locations provide a welcoming and technology enhanced environment valued by students as places for study, research, and collaboration.  Together they contain over 3,300 public seats, over 500 public access computers, laptop computers for checkout, and a wide range of multimedia resources including 3D printers.  The library collection consists of over 3.9 million volumes, 180,000 journals and serial titles, and an ever expanding collection of electronic books, databases, and other resources.  Our public website ( is a portal to access e-resources; discover print, archival, and multi-media collections; and connect with reference and instructional services.  It also includes cutting edge digital tools and tutorials and numerous subject specific research guides created by subject specialists. 

The UCI Libraries employs approximately 160 full-time librarians and staff and over 191 part-time student assistants.  We support the professional and career development of librarians and staff. 

The UCI Libraries are a member of the:  Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance (PRRLA), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and OCLC Research Library Partnership (OCLC RLP).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles.  Founded in 1965, UCI has over 37,000 undergraduate and graduate students and over 1,700 faculty and staff.  Nearly 67% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American.  Over 50% of UCI’s Bachelor Degrees are awarded to first generation college students.  The New York Times ranks UCI as the #1 college doing the most for the American Dream, and U.S. News and Report ranks UCI among the top ten public universities in the nation.  The University offers graduate degrees in more than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D. 

As academic appointees, UCI Librarians receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment.  Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Salary & Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales.  Appointment is anticipated to be at the Assistant Librarian or Associate Librarian rank with a salary of $55,014 - $82,045.

Librarians at UCI are academic appointees. Non-managerial librarians are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position.

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave.  The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans.  Benefits are equal to approximately 45% of salary.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.

Deadline for Applications:  Applications received by May 25, 2020 will receive first consideration.

To Apply:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested:  cover letter; complete résumé; a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a list of three references (names and contact information only) via UCI AP Recruit at:

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries web site at with links to additional web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.