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Postdoc: Advancing Equity and Accessibility in Archives/Special Coll., MIT

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    Jennifer S. Furlong

    Postdoctoral Associate: Advancing Equity and Accessibility in Archives and Special Collections

    Postdoctoral Research Program, Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS)

    Two-Year Term – Visa Sponsorship Available 

    Position:The MIT Libraries’ Center for Research on Equitable and Open Scholarship (CREOS) seeks an exceptional, collaborative, and community-driven researcher for a two-year postdoctoral associate role, to conduct original research on scholarly communications and the scholarly ecosystem. In partnership with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CREOS plans to hire three highly motivated scholars with a strong desire to conduct research that will advance knowledge in the service of equitable and open scholarship. We are especially interested in applicants who wish to pursue research that will further our understanding of incentives and barriers to equitable and open scholarship, impacts of equitable and open scholarship, and/or economic models for equitable and open scholarship.  

    Responsibilities: Conduct original research in the areas of open and equitable scholarship under the guidance of the Principal Investigator Stephanie Ann Frampton (Associate Professor of Literature and Director of the MIT Programs in Digital Humanities) and in close collaboration with library and faculty mentors, research scientists, and fellow postdoctoral associates. The outcomes from this research will be used to inform future research, implementations, or adoptable resources for MIT Libraries and the broader library community. This position will focus on research related to identifying, assessing, developing, and promulgating best practices for advancing equity and accessibility in archives and special collections, with a particular focus on accessibility of digital collections for persons with disabilities. The postdoctoral associate’s research will focus on identifying and analyzing current barriers to accessing digital collections within archives and special collections. The associate will also be expected to critically assess existing and potential technology solutions for closing the accessibility divide. We are particularly interested in exploring how remote access to digital archives and special collections might redress and/or exacerbate challenges of disability and equity. The first year of the associateship will focus on identifying, describing, and analyzing existing accessibility practices and interventions to digital archives and special collections access, while the second year will focus on designing prototypes and evaluating interventions within MIT Libraries’ own Distinctive Collections. The participant selected for this position will join the vibrant community of researchers in the humanities, arts, and social sciences who are part of MIT Programs in Digital Humanities. They will have the opportunity to contribute to established research questions in CREOS as well as to develop their own ideas for research in the areas of open and equitable research: specifically, the barriers, impacts, and/or economic models therein.

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