Data Service Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2008-10-30

Employer: New York University Libraries

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New York University is seeking an energetic, creative, and knowledgeable librarian to select, acquire, manage, and deliver numeric and geospatial data collections to support campus research and scholarship. The incumbent in this new position will work closely with NYU librarians, faculty technology specialists, and research computing staff to develop a new Data Service Studio - combining library and statistical computing services in the Bobst Library. The librarian will build numeric and spatial data collections and facilitate access to additional data resources across the sciences, engage in outreach to faculty and students through subject and departmental liaison activities, design and conduct data literacy instruction, and participate in reference and consultation activities as a part of the Data Service Studio team.

This position will play an instrumental role in the library’s efforts to optimize resource discovery and delivery by identifying, evaluating, manipulating, and enhancing metadata for numeric and spatial collections. Reporting to the Data Service Coordinator, the Data Service Librarian works to develop appropriate description for managing research data collections; investigates new sources for metadata; keeps abreast of new and evolving metadata standards such as the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) and Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) standards.

The incumbent will participate in library-wide committees, activities, and special projects, especially those involving new technologies and data. The incumbent will develop and maintain awareness of data-centered initiatives across the sciences, attending professional meetings, workshops and conferences for training and continuing professional development.

MLS from an ALA accredited institution. Second masters or the equivalent required for tenure, preference for fields with preparation in quantitative/spatial analysis. Familiarity with database and cataloging practices and metadata schemas; experience with XML preferred. Knowledge of public and proprietary resources for national and international numeric and geospatial data. The candidate should be professionally active and have knowledge of trends in data management and description. Basic familiarity with software for statistical and geospatial analysis (//e.g//. SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, GIS applications). Additional requirements are strong written and verbal communication skills, demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a complex organization, and a creative, service-oriented approach to problem solving.

Archived on: 2008-11-30