Data and Government Information Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2006-09-22

Employer: Brock University

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Brock University’s James A. Gibson Library seeks an innovative, dynamic and self-directed Data and Government Information Librarian to provide leadership to the Brock community in data services and government information, and to serve as the subject specialist librarian for Political Science and Labour Studies. Reporting to the Head, Reference Information Services, the incumbent will be responsible for the development of relevant data collections, for supporting the data research needs of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students in Social Science and Applied Health Science disciplines, and for providing instruction in the effective use of data resources. The Data and Government Information Librarian will have an exciting opportunity to develop the Library.s data program and build on existing data services, working to raise data/statistical literacy levels on campus. S/he will collaborate with faculty to integrate data literacy into the curricula of relevant courses, and will develop data subsets and other teaching tools to facilitate the use of data for instructional purposes. The incumbent will collaborate with the Map Library in the development and delivery of data services, will serve as the official contact for the Data Liberation Initiative, and will participate in organizations such as the Canadian Association of Public Data Users. S/he will have responsibility for the government documents collection and will act as a resource for Canadian and international government information, with an emphasis on Canadian government. As subject specialist for Political Science and Labour Studies, the incumbent will provide reference, collection development, instruction and faculty liaison support. The incumbent will also provide general reference service through scheduled duty at the Reference Information Desk.

Work Environment: Located at the centre of Canada’s beautiful Niagara Peninsula, just over one hour from Toronto, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture. The University Library provides information resources and services to a user community of approximately 17,000 students and 600 faculty. For further details about the Library, visit

Brock University offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. This is a full-time probationary position leading to permanence. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position is included in the Brock University Faculty Association. The review of applications will begin October 16, 2006 with a preferred start date of January 1, 2007.

Required Qualifications: Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library program or its equivalent, with an educational background in the Social Sciences. An extensive knowledge of data resources and statistical data methodology, with significant experience or formal training in the use of data sets. Knowledge of relevant metadata schemes, and technologies related to web delivery of specialized resources. Familiarity with government publications and emerging trends in documents librarianship. Knowledge of scholarly information resources in general, with an emphasis on the Social Sciences, and a particular focus on those that support Brock University.s Political Science and Labour Studies programs. Proven reference, teaching and communication skills. Evidence of professional initiative, flexibility, and leadership potential. Ability to work effectively in a collegial setting.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of legal resources and research methods. Familiarity with the Beyond 20/20 data browser, SPSS and/or SAS. A Master’s degree in the Social Sciences an asset.

Archived on: 2006-11-30