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Assistant Research Scholar: Digital and Special Projects Associate

The Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) at New York University seeks an energetic and creative Assistant Research Scholar to fill a two-year position to help plan, coordinate, implement, and maintain a range of library projects and digital initiatives. A key component of the ISAW Library’s mission is to provide access to and support for new forms of digital scholarship, scholarly communication, and pedagogy in the ancient studies. The Digital and Special Projects Associate will help the ISAW Library fulfill this charge by collaborating with a diverse group of academic professionals at ISAW and the NYU Division of Libraries on some or all of the following digital projects: the Ancient World Digital Library (AWDL); a digital bookplate program; a linked-data bibliography of ISAW-affiliated research; digital preservation and repository projects for ancient studies scholarship; and instruction in a variety of digital tools with the aim of helping ISAW faculty, students, and visiting research scholars integrate electronic resources into their teaching and research. As a full member of the ISAW Library team, the Digital and Special Projects Associate will also have core responsibilities in library operations, bibliographic and grant research, public services, as well as a central role in all special projects associated with ISAW’s print collection or public programming.

The Digital and Special Projects Associate is a full time, two-year appointment in the ISAW Library as an Assistant Research Scholar.

Under the supervision of the Head Librarian, the Digital and Special Projects Associate will:

  • Participate in the planning and implementation of all ISAW Library special projects
  • Help create and manage metadata for ISAW digital collections, including the Ancient World Digital Library, in accordance with applicable international standards and local policies
  • Perform bibliographic analysis and provide other research support in connection with collection development and special projects
  • Work closely with colleagues, staff, and faculty to help develop and provide high-quality and relevant public services and instruction for the ISAW community
  • Participate in all regular operations, activities, and projects of the ISAW Library as a full member of the ISAW Library staf



  • ALA-accredited MLS or MIS, or a graduate degree in a field related to ISAW’s academic mission
  • Minimum one year relevant professional experience
  • Familiarity with metadata in a digital library environment and/or traditional MARC-based systems
  • Familiarity with emerging trends in resource description and access
  • Working knowledge of relevant languages of scholarship
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Intellectual interest and/or formal academic preparation in any of the areas of study at ISAW
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and as part of a team of mixed professionals in a high-intensity academic environment


  • Experience with library uses of non-MARC metadata schemas, best practices, and their applications, such as Linked Open Data (LOD), MODS, RDF, and XML
  • Experience with metadata processing, batch-loading, and transformation tools such as MarcEdit, Oxygen XML Editor, OpenRefine, XSLT
  • Experience with digital mapping and major tools (e.g., ArcGIS, Google Earth)
  • Working knowledge of a non-Western language, with a strong preference for Chinese or Russian.

New York University Libraries:  

Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.   New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to 

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World:

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World is a unique center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, offering the Ph.D. degree through NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. It has a wider geographic span than other programs that focus on the ancient world, incorporating not only Europe and the entire Mediterranean basin, but also the Near East, and Central, South, and East Asia. In its research and its teaching of doctoral students, ISAW emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach, one that transcends modern boundaries of nation. It supports scholarship that crosses customary disciplinary boundaries – art history, literature, archaeology, history, geography, geology, economics, and sociology, among others – to create a new intellectual framework for understanding the ancient world, and to train a new generation of scholars steeped in that integrated approach.

Salary/Benefits: Attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and background.

To Apply:  To ensure consideration, send CV and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Assistant Dean for Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to  CVs will be considered until the position is filled.

 NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. NYU is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled/ Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Employer.