Data Librarian - Three Year Term

Posted to IASSIST on: 2010-02-02

Employer: University of Saskatchewan

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The incumbent in this three year assignment will be responsible for the discovery, development, and analysis of numerical and statistical data collections and services, including marketing to the broad campus community. The successful candidate will provide research and liaison support to data users across campus, including librarian and IT colleagues. Additionally, the Data Services Librarian will serve as the main contact for relevant research centers and with ICPSR and DLI initiatives, ensuring that the University Library is current and active in the data community. The individual in this position will work closely with the GIS librarian in a Data/GIS unit providing a comprehensive program of data management, support, and services.

Additional duties may be assigned in related areas and/or for identified strategic priorities.

The University Library follows the liaison librarian model, which includes reference, instruction, and collections responsibilities to support on-site and distributed teaching, learning, and research. Under this structure the Data Services Librarian will be responsible for the following:

  • Development of the Collections Select, develop, and promote resources that support the provision of data discovery and access to data sets.
  • Information Services Provide in-depth consultation, reference, and information services for students, faculty, and researchers in the discovery and application of data to support research and teaching activities.
  • Teaching Information Research Skills Develop, promote and deliver effective data research instruction programs for groups and individuals, including library staff, in the discovery and use of data resources. Liaise with instructors to integrate data literacy into the curricula of relevant courses and develop data subsets and other teaching tools to facilitate the use of data.
  • Research and Scholarship While not a requirement of this appointment, research and scholarship is recognized as practice of professional skills and may be pursued as an outcome related to the work of this position.

Administration and Public Service

It is an expectation that all Librarians participate in collegial activities appropriate to their rank, and are encouraged to engage with academic or professional organizations

A Master of Library Science or equivalent degree from a university/institution recognized by the University of Saskatchewan is required. An undergraduate degree in a relevant science or social science discipline is preferred. Additional data experience or educational background in the use of data sets, applications, and software is preferred. Previous academic library experience would be an asset. Candidates should also possess:

  • Experience using statistical software packages such as SAS or SPSS, electronic government statistics and data, and the manipulation of datasets
  • Knowledge of quantitative methods of data collection, extraction, and analysis
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in data services, resources, software, and other library related information technologies
  • An interest in pursuing a career in academic librarianship and an understanding of the educational mission of a research university
  • Knowledge of trends in reference and research services, and the delivery of library and information services in the educational environment
  • Strong analytical, organizational and customer service skills
  • A commitment to continuing development of professional knowledge and skills
  • Excellent listening, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to lead and motivate people Candidates must be able to:
  • Effectively liaise with faculty and students and work collaboratively to achieve the library’s relationships and engagement strategy
  • Develop and manage collections in multiple formats
  • Create and maintain online resources and services
  • Work independently as well as in a collegial team environment
  • Adapt and be flexible in a changing and dynamic environment

This is a three-year term position and specific duties are assigned annually by the Dean, University Library. Librarians as faculty are members of the University of Saskatchewan Faculty Association. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience, and for this position the initial starting salary is anticipated to be within the range of $52,731 to $57,000. Librarians at the U of S enjoy an excellent benefits plan.

Archived on: 2010-02-22