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Curator of Digital Research Services

In early 2013, The University of Pennsylvania Libraries will launch its new Special Collections Center. Among the units that will open within the new center is the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies (SIMS). With the recent gift of the Lawrence J. Schoenberg Collection of manuscripts, Penn Libraries is now positioned to play a transformational role in the study of pre-Modern manuscripts in the digital age. With the addition of the Schoenberg Collection, Penn possesses over sixteen hundred medieval manuscripts of diverse cultural origins, subjects, scripts and languages. All of these manuscripts have digital surrogates and are freely available for access consultation on the Librarys Penn-in-Hand web site. Reporting to the Director of the Special Collections Center, the Curator of Digital Research services will play a key role in three areas: assist patrons in the discovery and use of digital humanities data; manage and promote the Center's new Vitale Special Collections Digital Media Laboratory, which is conceived as both a center for fostering digital projects and a venue for training; and work with the Special Collections Curatorial staff and external partners in the development of digital projects based on Penn's special collections or on external digital content in collaboration with other institutions.


  • Assist Special Collections Center patrons, primarily, in the discovery and use of digital Humanities data for the purpose of research and knowledge production
  • Manage and promote the Vitale Special Collections Digital Media Laboratory and supervise one FTE and 3 PTE student interns
  • Develop and promote appropriate programs and services within the newly created Humanities Primary Sources Research Lab
  • Provide training in the use and manipulation of data using appropriate tools and programs within the Lab to primarily assist Penn faculty, students and library staff in the creation of new knowledge
  • Serve as the Special Collections Centers Digital Collections Liaison with other Library and Penn academic units



  • Knowledge of paleography and codicology
  • Supervisory experience preferred
  • Understanding of Digital Content and use in Humanities research
  • Experience supervising full time , student and project staff
  • Active in the emerging world of professional digital scholarship
  • Excellent Communication Skills

  • Masters degree preferably in Medieval Studies and/or MLIS
  • Seven to ten years of experience working on digital humanities projects with increasing responsibility within in an academic research environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in applying for grants with successful outcomes.
  • Experience working in collaborative digital project environments with students and faculty locally and internationally
  • Demonstrated experience managing a humanities computing lab
  • Languages: One Modern European Language, plus Latin required
Technical requirements:

  • Excellent working knowledge of digital humanities tools, applications and software
  • Understanding of and successful implementation of TEI projects
  • Knowledge and understanding of metadata standards and their application including
  • EAD, Dublin Core, VRA, MODS, CDWA lite, TEI P5
  • Demonstrated experience with XML including, XSLT and XPath
  • Experience with HTML, CSS and Javascript
  • Experience using Social Networking sites including Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter

Compensation and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and includes a generous benefits package, additional information available at

To Apply:

Potential candidates are invited to submit a letter of application that addresses the needs and qualifications of the position, along with their resume and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references who can address the suitability of the candidate for the position described, as well as complete an on-line employment application at

Alternatively, you may search by reference #130133969 at

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.