Library Human Resources

Literatures and Languages Library

Graduate Assistantship in Digital Humanities and Web Content Management


The Literatures and Languages Library (Main Library, room 225) has an opening for a 10-hour per week (0.25 FTE) Graduate Assistant position in Digital Humanities and Web Content Management, to run from August 2014-May 2015. Applications should be sent to Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian ( by March 31, 2014.

 Job description

 Primary Position Function/Summary:

Pre-professional librarian duties primarily consisting of: website editing and management, providing research support for digital humanities initiatives, and development of web video tutorials for humanities research resources and instruction.

 Major Duties and Responsibilities:
The Literatures and Languages Library’s mission is to provide research materials and services to the UIUC campus for research and study of the literature and languages of Western Europe, North and South America, and Franco- and Luso-phone Africa as well as linguistics. The unit serves as the primary library for the School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics, the Department of English, and Cinema Studies. The unit’s major functions are the selection and ordering of print and online materials (books, journals, magazines, films, reference works and databases), reference, instruction, and outreach to the campus and local community.

 Graduate assistants support the unit’s strategic goals by strengthening its ability to provide access and use of library materials and helping to develop new research services to meet the changing needs of faculty and students. This graduate assistant position will focus on supporting the expansion of research services and resources for digital humanities and web content services in the Literatures and Languages Library.  The core areas of the assistant’s work will be:

Website Development and Support:
Graduate assistants are critical to the development of web-based and other digital projects that expand the Literatures and Languages Library’s research services. This graduate assistant position will work with LLL librarians and staff on web projects such as:  creating online video instruction tutorial series for humanities research; assessing the e-books and e-journals content in the LLL collections and related research services; investigate the development of a mobile interface for the LLL website, and develop other web research tools that address user needs.  These tools will enable the LLL to expand its reference and instruction services in ways that meet the patrons where they work in the virtual environment.


Digital Humanities Research Resource Support:

With the English and Digital Humanities Librarian’s research support mandate for digital humanities and the evolution in faculty and student research in the humanities, digital humanities projects will be an increasingly vital part of the Library’s reference and research services. This graduate assistant position will assist in new projects to support digital humanities research services and expand internal use of digital tools.  Projects will include creating digital exhibits, developing research guides for digital humanities tools and methodologies, creating a humanities data curation information guide as part of the network of data services resources for the new Research Data Services unit, and assisting the teaching of workshops for digital humanities.   


 Specific Projects for this position:

  1. Assist English and Digital Humanities Librarian in developing research guides and instructional materials for digital humanities resources such as Scalar, Omeka, Hathi Trust, XML/XSLT, and text mining tools
  2. Conduct a SWOT analysis on the LLL e-books and e-journals collections:  assess trends in e-books and e-journals in the humanities and explore how the LLL could adapt collection development policies
  3. Create online video tutorials introducing patrons to major online tools and research resources for literature and general humanities.


Organizational Chart

This position reports to Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian, who in turn reports to Paula Carns, Head of the Literatures and Languages Library, who in turn reports to John P. Wilkin, University Librarian.

Position Requirements and Qualifications:
Applicants will ideally have a strong background in web scripting, computer programming languages, database design, and digital humanities work.


B.A. in an appropriate area of study required (M.A. preferred).


Good understanding of digital humanities in a library context required.