Geospatial Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2008-10-23

Employer: Duke University

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The Geospatial Data Librarian supports researchers using geospatial data and GIS software. Working collaboratively with other staff in Data and GIS Services, the librarian in this position builds Duke’s geospatial data collections and provides outreach to faculty and students using data and GIS resources in their research.

It is the expectation that all Duke University Library staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity.


Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or a relevant subject field or an equivalent combination of education, experience, and training.


Required: Previous experience in providing public service for geospatial data, knowledge of public and proprietary resources for national and international geospatial data; advanced skills in management and analysis of geospatial data; advanced knowledge of ESRI’s desktop GIS software (i.e., ArcGIS/ArcView); and, knowledge of relevant metadata standards (e.g. FGDC) for geospatial data. Experience in selecting print, electronic, and other library resources and in providing reference and research assistance to faculty and students in a research environment. Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills; able to work independently and as a member of a team; working knowledge of MS Office applications; demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer services.

Preferred: Knowledge of ARC IMS, Google Earth Pro, or other applications for web-based GIS services; basic familiarity with ArcINFO; and basic familiarity with software for statistical analysis. Experience with other desktop GIS programs (e.g. GRASS, MapInfo, Maptitude, etc.); experience working with quantitative data sources of use for the social sciences; and experience working with print map collections.

Archived on: 2008-11-15