Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2009-04-20

Employer: The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), Universi

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The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) is a new organization at the University of Washington. Its mission is to monitor global health conditions and health systems, as well as to evaluate interventions, initiatives, and reforms. It also will build an audience of interested policymakers, researchers, donors, and other decision makers in health who are interested in learning more about how to apply, use, and derive better evidence in global health.

IHME has an outstanding opportunity for a Data Librarian. The Data Librarian will be the central resource within IHME on health data, both for internal availability and the global health data landscape. The Data Librarian will develop and improve processes and standards for data archiving, management of data needs, and facilitating efficient data retrieval, and play a central role in developing the IT infrastructure for data management. The Data Librarian will report to the Global Data Bank Director.

  • Define, refine and improve processes for data management and archiving

  • Develop comprehensive meta-data catalogue for health data

  • Enable and enforce standardized archiving at IHME, including completeness of meta-data and data documentation

  • Compile and maintain an inventory of available data and data needs at IHME

  • Contribute to the development of data archiving tools (part of the Global Data Bank)

  • Inform internal data users about data updates and data newly available at IHME through email, blog, wikis or other means

  • Maintain and expand a catalogue of all known existing health-related data sets (Data Landscape)

  • Develop relationships with Program Officers, Project Officers, Data Analysts, faculty and researchers to capture and document new data and data needs

  • Support researchers in identifying and locating datasets, including using innovate ways to identify needed data and leverage web tools like Google, Google Scholar, Pub Med, UW Library resources, etc.

  • Participate in other data-related activities at the Institute and carry out duties as required in cooperation with other Institute members

  • Bachelor’s or higher degree in an appropriate field like Information or Library Science, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • 3 years experience in online content archiving, data documentation and online research

  • Demonstrated facility with analytic tasks and ability to participate productively in interdisciplinary research teams

  • Interest in global health research

  • Expert user of MS Excel and Word required, familiarity with MS Access, database and cataloguing software preferred

  • Strong quantitative aptitude

  • High degree of attention to detail

  • Demonstrated organizational skills, self-motivation, flexibility, good communication skills and the ability to work and thrive in a fast-paced, energetic, highly creative, entrepreneurial environment.

Archived on: 2009-05-30