The Libraries at OSU are recruiting for a cohort of library faculty focused on digital scholarship as the Universities build on initiatives for interdisciplinary research. Among the cohort of six positions are the Digital Humanities Librarian, the Geospatial Information Library, and the Data Management Services Librarian. Each position carries unique responsibilities for addressing a particular facet of digital scholarship or data support in assisting scholars, but the collaborative possibilities among them and other experts in the Libraries focused on research services are rare opportunities to make a difference at a time of growing support for digital scholarship throughout the University.

The Digital Humanities Librarian will work with digital humanities scholars in a variety of disciplines to advance projects in the digital arts and humanities, through connecting scholars and encouraging interdisciplinary research, facilitating collaboration among subject librarians and special collections curators in the digital humanities, and enabling the effective use of digital methodologies and tools among faculty.

The Geospatial Information Librarian/Head of Geology Library is a forward-focused individual who will establish and grow the Libraries’ GIS services program. This is an area of expressed need across several disciplines to support research related to GIS and Geospatial Information. This position will interact with emerging areas on campus relating to visualization of data across disciplines and provide expertise with data visualization tools and techniques.

The Data Management Services Librarian will lead the Libraries in assisting researchers with managing the lifecycle of research data. The Libraries are exploring ways to support researchers in the management of and access to research data and providing guidance to emerging and evolving techniques related to data management services. Given recent granting mandates, data management services are of growing interest on many university campuses.

The excitement surrounding this cohort is that these individuals will be able to shape the programs related to emerging areas for research support. This group will also be providing services in a new space, a Research Commons, where the Libraries will partner with several key research support areas around campus including: the Office of Research, the Copyright Resources Center, the Undergraduate Research Office, the Digital Union- an arm of the Office of Distance Education and e-Learning, the Digital Humanities Working Group, and offices providing GIS support. This cohort will be building an evolving service model that will provide programming related to digital scholarship at Ohio State University.