Social Science Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2005-05-06

Employer: Yale University

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The University Library, which is a highly valued partner in teaching and research at the University, holds over 11 million volumes, as well as numerous other media, housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and 22 school and departmental libraries. It employs a dynamic and innovative staff of nearly 600 FTE who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees and are involved in other areas of staff development. A full spectrum of library resources, from rare books and manuscripts to rapidly expanding network of electronic resources, constitutes one of Yale’s distinctive strengths. The Library is engaged in numerous ambitious projects to expand its collections and access to them. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s Web site at:

RESPONSIBILITIES Under the general direction of the Director of the Social Science Libraries and Information Services, the Data Librarian shall be responsible for developing, maintaining, and providing service for the Social Science Data Archive, and for collaborating with staff within and outside the library to develop and provide coordinated services to meet the full range of data needs at Yale. Participates with appropriate groups within and outside of the library (including the Library Systems Office, Manuscripts and Archives, Academic Media and Technology) in the exploration, development, and implementation of technological infrastructure and tools for long-term preservation of data. Develops procedures for ingesting datasets into the SSDA. Incorporates existing SSDA holdings into archival infrastructure. Documents SSDA collections with appropriate metadata for access and preservation. Keeps up to date on metadata standards for numeric and spatial data (DDI, FGDC), as well as methods and standards for sharing and cross-searching metadata (Dublin Core, OAI, etc.) Selects and acquires datasets for the SSDA and takes all appropriate measures to ensure that the collection, including codebooks and associated numeric data, remain accessible in the face of changing technologies. Collaborates with Academic Media and Technology’s Social Science Research Services in the coordinated provision of data services. Participates with SSRS staff on teams working with faculty to document, store, manage and preserve Yale-created datasets. Provides consulting and instruction in the use of the SSDA and other numeric datasets. Actively collaborates with library liaisons to academic departments, the Geospatial Information Services Specialist, with the staff of Academic Media and Technology’s Social Science Research Services (including the Social Science Statistical Laboratory), and with Computing Services in the School of Management to develop and provide coordinated services to meet the full range of data needs at Yale in the social science departments and in related programs and professional schools. Assists library selectors in evaluating and acquiring numeric datasets; considers acquisitions for incorporating into SSDA. Collaborates with the Government Information librarians to improve access to and preservation of numeric and spatial data in the U.S. government, UN, EU, FAO and Canadian documents collections. Maintains and develops StatCat, Yale’s numeric data catalog. Works with SSRS staff to enhance functionality and presentation of StatCat. Catalogs SSDA holdings into StatCat;with SSRS staff, explores and implements methods for including StatCat in integrated searching initiatives. Maintains and develops the library’s relationships with state, national and international data organizations, such as ICPSR and the Roper Center. Serves as the library liaison, which includes collection development, reference and instruction, to the Statistics Department. Provides guidance for the operation and management of the Statistics Library. Participates in reference and research services and instruction in the Social Science Libraries, including evening and weekend hours on a rotating basis. Serves as the SSLIS Webmaster and coordinates the work of SSLIS expert computer users. Stays professionally active and monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to Help ensure the excellence of Yale’s data archive and data services.

MLS from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent degree in a related field. For appointment at the Librarian II level, minimum of two years professional library experience and demonstrated professional accomplishments. Appointment at the Librarian III level requires a minimum of five years relevant professional library experience and professional accomplishments. Subject knowledge of the social sciences. Experience using statistical and spatial software for data analysis and with online and network based information systems. Familiarity with common metadata standards, e.g., DDI. Familiarity with principles of database design; direct experience with databases preferred (Microsoft Access, SQL). Technical expertise in the configuration and maintenance of computer workstations. Familiarity (if not direct experience) with XML. Experience in using HTML. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others. Excellent oral, analytical and written communication skills. Demonstrated public service attitude.

Preferred: Advanced degree in social sciences or computer science. Experience in collection development, reference, and instruction in an academic or research library. Experience in managing web sites. Experience with government information and/or business resources. Familiarity with data archival procedures.

Archived on: 2005-12-31