Social Science Data Services Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2005-11-02

Employer: Northwestern University

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RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Head, Government Publications & Maps Department, the Social Science Data Services Librarian is responsible for collection management and services of the Social Science Data Services (SSDS) unit of the department. Serves as Northwestern University’s Official Representative to the ICPSR. Evaluates and selects commercial data products not available through membership to ICPSR or Roper. Works with appropriate faculty to plan and implement user education and outreach programs. Responsible for group instruction to social science classes that use raw data files. Consults individually with faculty and students to assist in identifying appropriate data resources for their research and teaching. Plans and implements staff training programs related to SSDS. Actively participates in the planning, decision-making, and continuing innovation of the department’s services and programs. Shares responsibility for providing quality reference service at the department’s reference desk including evening and weekend hours. Represents the library at professional meetings related to data services. Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. Experience with numeric data resources and familiarity with current issues, technologies, and software applications related to such resources. Ability to identify, access, and use data resources. Experience organizing data files and working with users to provide data services support. Must be a highly motivated self-starter with excellent communication skills who can work cooperatively and effectively with all levels of staff and users in an ever-changing environment. Demonstrated commitment to providing quality reference service. Willingness to participate in professional activities related to data services. Two or more years of relevant experience.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with government statistical and numeric data resources. Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in the social sciences.

Archived on: 2005-12-31