Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Digital Humanist, The Long 19th Amendment Project
|Location:||Massachusetts, United States|
Digital Humanist, The Long 19th Amendment Project
386057 Library Professional
Duties & Responsibilities
The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University seeks a Digital Humanist committed to promoting feminist scholarship within the digital humanities to create a portal documenting the complexities and aftermath of the women’s suffrage movement as part of The Long 19th Amendment Project. The Digital Humanist will report to the Manager for Special Projects & Digital Services and will collaborate closely with the project steering committee and Digital Services staff.
The portal will support two primary project goals: elevating public and scholarly knowledge of the interplay of gender and American citizenship and providing enduring access to digitized primary documents, datasets, and other materials. The Digital Humanist will ensure that the portal adheres to digital humanities best practices and ethics, project manage the portal from concept to completion, and apply creative thinking and a critical scholarly lens to portal content and structure. The Digital Humanist will work with a web developer to create the portal structure and style, but is responsible for the portal’s content. The Digital Humanist will identify archival collections, data sets, syllabi, and other digital assets from within and beyond Schlesinger Library’s collections. In creating the portal, the Digital Humanist will consider metadata standards, programmatic access to archival materials through APIs, and other features to ensure that the portal facilitates a variety of scholarly inquiries. The Digital Humanist will write and edit content for the portal, ranging from accessible scholarly essays to item captions and instructions for portal users and contributors.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Identifies archival collections and other primary material from within Schlesinger Library’s collections for the portal; solicits primary material from other Harvard repositories.
- Conducts nationwide research and outreach to identify and build partnerships with institutions with holdings that could be contributed to the portal.
- Applies a critical scholarly lens to portal material; ensures the portal extends, pluralizes, and complicates rather than reinforces the traditional suffrage narrative.
- Solicits unique data sets about gendered voting patterns past and present and teaching material (including syllabi) from scholars for the portal; creates standard procedure through which material can be added to the portal on an ongoing basis.
- Works with scholars funded for grants or fellowships to contribute research material to the portal.
- Collects, curates, and creates curriculum modules, templates, and/or instructional videos for secondary and post-secondary classrooms.
- In consultation with Digital Services staff, builds detailed project plan, including technical specifications and user experience requirements for the portal.
- Works with Manager, Special Projects & Digital Services to write the Request for Proposal (RFP) for the web developer, conduct proposal reviews, interview and recommend developers, and review and monitor contract work for adherence to the financial, scope-definition, and technical requirements.
- Collaborates with Digital Services and Collections Services staff to establish metadata standards for the portal.
- Works with Harvard Library’s User Research Center to conduct usability and accessibility studies on the portal throughout the development cycle.
- Seeks partnerships with other repositories and scholars to ensure the portal supports creative, interdisciplinary digital humanities projects and the research use of the portal extends beyond the suffrage centennial.
- Promotes the portal to archival and scholarly communities through writing and presentations.
- Produces project documentation for the portal to address maintenance, development, and expansion needs; writes a white paper about the project for wide dissemination.
- Master’s Degree in History or in a related field with demonstrated scholarship and expertise in the history of women in the United States.
- 3-5 years of teaching or academic research experience in one or more of the following fields: Digital Humanities, Cultural Studies with a focus on technology, New Media, Public History, or a related field.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Ability to think analytically, take initiative and complete projects, flexible, able to prioritize multiple demands, and with a strong focus on getting things done.
- Experience creating or managing metadata.
- Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a collegial environment.
- PhD in History or in a related field is preferred.
- Demonstrated success with project management (preferably digital humanities projects in higher education or non–profit settings) and/or leading technology projects.
- Portfolio of successful digital humanities projects.
- Active involvement in one or more digital humanities communities and/or professional organizations.
This is a three-year grant funded, fully benefits-eligible position which is expected to run through September 30, 2021.
Please combine your cover letter and resume into a single document that is uploaded when you are instructed by ASPIRE, Harvard’s online application program, to "Upload my resume/CV from my computer." Please note that cover letters are required for every application for a position at the Radcliffe Institute.
About The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on The History of Women in America
The Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study documents the lives of women of the past and present for the future and furthers the Radcliffe Institute’s commitment to the study of women, gender, and society. With the finest collection of resources for research on the history of women in America, [can be read as a dangler] the Library has especially strong holdings in women’s rights and feminism, health and sexuality, work and family life, culinary history and etiquette, and education and the professions.
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|Primary Category:||American History / Studies
|Secondary Categories:||Women, Gender, and Sexuality