Data Services Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2009-06-10

Employer: Rutgers University Libraries

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The Rutgers University Libraries seek an experienced, innovative, and service-oriented librarian to fill the newly-created position of Data Services Librarian in the John Cotton Dana Library on the Newark Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

In consideration of the role of the library as an academic unit, at the center of support for academic departments and research programs on the Rutgers-Newark campus, the Dana Library is enhancing its focus on research support, including research by individual faculty members, academic units, and research centers. In providing direct support for original research and the library’s traditional role in providing support for secondary research, using scholarly and professional journals, books, and other online and print information resources, the enhanced focus on research support will include the management of large data sets and data services.

A new unit within Dana Library will include data services, along with digital library, media, and library computing services, in support of individual faculty scholarship, all academic units and disciplines, as well as disciplinary and interdisciplinary research centers. Reporting to the Head of Media and Digital Library Services for the Dana Library and working closely with the Data Librarian on the New Brunswick campus, the Data Services Librarian position will include faculty liaison responsibilities, particularly with research centers and responsibility for the management and analysis of large data sets and providing expert support in the presentation of the results of research and analysis.

The second component of the data services position responsibilities will also relate directly to research support, as well as support for the instructional mission. The Data Services Librarian will provide support in data analysis functions and the use of software, particularly for assisting faculty and graduate students, as well as undergraduate students, using software for quantitative and qualitative analysis and research databases, such as interactive Census databases and GIS databases. In support of the library’s assessment function, the Data Services Librarian will play a key role in the comprehensive analysis of the documented needs and use of the data services resources and use of the data services for research support, by faculty, academic units, and research centers. And, the Data Services Librarian will participate as a member of the Public Services team, to join a team of library faculty committed to providing first-rate public services to a diverse academic community, in providing reference and research assistance and collection development responsibilities, including the selection of databases and other resources that support the provision of data services.

As a member of a university-wide faculty, the Data Services Librarian may participate in system-wide initiatives, committees, and task forces, related to the areas of professional responsibility.

Please note: The position is grant-funded, with an initial appointment of one year. The position will be continued, pending ongoing funding.

Terms of employment: Faculty status, calendar year appointment, retirement plans, life/health insurance, prescription drug, dental and vision plans, tuition remission, one month vacation.

Required Qualifications: Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, or Master’s degree in relevant science or social science discipline. Experience working with quantitative data and manipulation of datasets. Knowledge of statistical software such as SAS, SPSS (PASW), Stata, and/or R. Familiarity with major data resources (ICPSR, Census, etc.). Good communication and interpersonal skills. Skill in collaboration and teamwork in an academic environment. Strong service orientation and understanding of user needs.

Desired Qualifications: Experience with software for qualitative data analysis. Experience with relational databases. Experience in a library environment, including reference and public services. Knowledge of XML and metadata standards relevant to data. Familiarity with web design and scripting languages.

Archived on: 2009-07-30