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Humanist Archives: Jan. 30, 2020, 6:29 a.m. Humanist 33.576 - research associates (Newcastle; Oxford); archivist & technician (Toronto)

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 576.
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    [1]    From: James Cummings 
           Subject: Research Associate post (0.5FTE; fixed term for 3 months) (41)

    [2]    From: Eleanor Marchant 
           Subject: New RA positions open in new technology and law at Oxford (43)

    [3]    From: Chris J. Young 
           Subject: Archivist & Digital Scholarship Technician at University of Toronto Mississauga (134)

        Date: 2020-01-29 12:56:12+00:00
        From: James Cummings 
        Subject: Research Associate post (0.5FTE; fixed term for 3 months)

Research Associate post (0.5FTE; fixed term for 3 months)

We are looking for a project researcher to undertake a small pilot project which
will feed into a larger bid.  This would be supplementary part-time work which
could be undertaken at a distance. You must already have the right to work in
the UK.

What does a nineteenth century social network look like? What can we discover by
investigating the connections between actors across the Atlantic in the age of

In association with Animating Text Newcastle University
(https://research.ncl.ac.uk/atnu/), the School of English Literature, Language
and Linguistics at Newcastle University is looking to recruit a researcher,
preferably post-PhD, to work on a digital pilot project ‘Transatlantic Networks'
which will involve marking-up transcriptions of 19th Century letters using the
guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative standards and creating visualisations
from the resulting metadata. Digital expertise in, or familiarity with, TEI and
methods of network analysis are essential. The pilot will involve part-time work
over a 3 month period for a small start-up project that will go towards a major
funding bid.

The pilot project will work with a selection of letter transcriptions from the
David Bailie Warden archive at the Maryland Historical Society, encoding these
according to TEI practices and experimenting with creative visualisations of
entities within the letters. Warden was a liminal, transnational scientific
writer whose identity hovered between Irish, French and North-American
sympathies. Warden corresponded with some of the great minds of the period, as
well as with the virtually unknown. By examining his correspondence with methods
borrowed from network analysis, this project aims to explore what was the role
played by social networks in bringing about scientific progress and political

Please apply here:

Deadline: 6 February; interview date TBC
Informal enquiries: Dr Jennifer Orr 

        Date: 2020-01-29 11:43:42+00:00
        From: Eleanor Marchant 
        Subject: New RA positions open in new technology and law at Oxford

Hi Everyone!

I'm excited to announce that we have openings for two new part-time
Research Assistants to work with myself and Dr Nicole Stremlau at the
Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy (PCMLP) at the University of
Oxford over the next 6 months. As a team, we do a lot of research about
the new technologies and society, with a particular emphasis on social
media, internet infrastructure, the development of policies and norms,
and non-Western contexts, particularly in Africa.

The first post, the PCMLP Research Assistant
would work on a project on new technologies and non-state law in areas
of limited statehood, particularly in East Africa. The second, Research
Assistant on Genetics, Law and Technology
would helps us develop a new research project into biotech companies,
genetics, and law with a focus on non-invasive pre-natal testing.

Both positions would be great for someone interested in gaining
experience developing research in either of these areas. Both are
part-time, UK-based, and would start as soon as possible. We have a
tight turnaround time unfortunately with a deadline of February 15. The
links above provide more details, but if you have any questions feel
free to get in touch with me directly!

Take care


ConflictNET Postdoctoral Fellow
Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy
Centre for Socio-Legal Studies
University of Oxford
Tw: @ermarchant |

        Date: 2020-01-29 06:03:44+00:00
        From: Chris J. Young 
        Subject: Archivist & Digital Scholarship Technician at University of Toronto Mississauga

Archivist & Digital Scholarship Technician 
University of Toronto Mississauga


About us:

The University's second largest division, U of T Mississauga (UTM) has
17 academic departments and offers 156 programs in 92 areas of study.
Home to approximately 15,000 students and over 1,000 faculty and staff,
the campus houses the Mississauga Academy of Medicine, Centre for
Medicinal Chemistry and Institute for Management and Innovation. With
its distinctive interdisciplinary programs such as forensic sciences and
biomedical communications, UTM offers a broad array of continuing
education programs and professional masters programs. Established in
1967, the campus features award-winning architecture, robust community
partnerships and a dynamic student environment set amongst 225 acres
along the Credit River in Mississauga.

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic
library in Canada and is consistently ranked among the top-10 research
libraries in North America. The system consists of over 40 libraries
located on three University campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and
Scarborough that together provide access to more than 12 million print
volumes, millions of electronic resources in various formats, and almost
30,000 linear metres of archival materials. The Libraries’ data centre
houses more than 200 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

The U of T Mississauga Library (UTM Library), located in the
award-winning Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre (HMALC), is a
leading, world-class Library committed to providing students with an
open and collaborative environment – one that embeds rich information
and technology resources, integrates expert services into a dynamic and
imaginative experience, and inspires and facilitates learning. The UTM
Library offers inspiring study and research spaces, a dedicated team of
Librarians and Library staff, and a suite of public, instruction and
research support services that support faculty, staff and students.

Your opportunity:

The UTM Library offers a dynamic and professional environment that
fosters a culture built on respect, accountability, teamwork and a
shared commitment to customer service. This position will collaborate
extensively with various Library units in offering innovative and
comprehensive solutions for a variety of Library initiatives. Our core
mission is to support the learning, teaching and research needs of all
UTM undergraduate and graduate programs.

Reporting to the Coordinator, Digital Scholarship, the Archivist &
Digital Scholarship Technician is responsible for contributing to and
creating archival policies, procedures, and standards for the use,
storage, and preservation of materials for archives and special
collections belonging to the UTM Library. As part of the Collections and
Digital Scholarship Unit of the Library, the incumbent will assist with
the accession, arrangement, description, preservation, storage, and
digitization of the Library's archives and special collections,
including original descriptive cataloguing of resources and archive
materials, and provide relevant information for the development of
promotional materials. The incumbent will foster positive relationships
in working with donors to acquire materials, including probing for
information, preparing deed of gift, and drafting gift agreements.

Your responsibilities will include:

   * Creating finding aids to ensure collection materials are accessible
   * Processing items in the physical and digital collections for
     researchers and users
   * Assessing and determining the condition of archival materials
   * Digitizing material for collections
   * Applying established content standards when utilizing digital
     objects in the repository
   * Keeping well-informed on applicable copyright, access and privacy laws

Essential Qualifications:

   * Bachelor's Degree or acceptable combination of equivalent
     experience, with a strong background in archives, libraries, and
     digital technology.
   * Minimum four (4) years experience, including at least two years
     experience working in an archival, library, and/or digital
     scholarship position, preferably in an academic library environment
   * Experience creating finding aids to ensure collection materials are
     accessible by applying established standards (e.g., RAD, ISAD(G),
     and ISAAR(CPF))
   * Experience with metadata schemes currently in use within the
     academic community is desirable (e.g., Dublin Core, MARC, RDA, RDF,
     MODS, VRA Core, and others)
   * Experience in archives or related information management environment
     using web-based archival description software (e.g., AtoM)
   * Demonstrated initiative and ability to present innovative solutions
     to challenging problems
   * Effective interpersonal skills to develop good working relations
     among project teams, staff, clients, peers and vendors
   * Demonstrated time management skills with ability to handle and
     prioritize a high volume of demands and work under pressure

Assets (Nonessential):

   * Experience with digital asset management systems and content
     management systems in academic library environments (e.g., Drupal,
     Omeka, and Islandora)
   * Demonstrable ability to thrive in a team environment
   * High level of accuracy and attention to detail
   * Demonstrable productivity and ability to deal with a large volume of
   * Demonstrable, superior organizational and time management skills
   * Demonstrable initiative, knowledge of XML-based formats; adaptability
   * Strong interpersonal and customer service skills
   * Ability to work under tight deadlines

To be successful in this role you will be:

   * Approachable
   * Meticulous
   * Organized
   * Possess a positive attitude
   * Problem solver
   * Responsible

Job Posting: Jan 28, 2020

Job Closing: Feb 5, 2020, 11:59:00 PM

Chris J. Young, Ph.D.
Coordinator, Digital Scholarship & Librarian | UTM Library
University of Toronto Mississauga | 3359 Mississauga Road
+1 (905) 828-3884 | christopher.young@utoronto.ca

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