The David and Nancy Petrone MAP/GIS Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2010-05-03

Employer: University of Oregon Libraries


The University of Oregon Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, creative, and user-oriented colleague for the position of the David and Nancy Petrone MAP/GIS Librarian. The incumbent in this endowed position will manage the Libraries’ Map and Aerial Photography (MAP) Collection, lead its geographic information system (GIS) program, and participate in a wide range of services and professional responsibilities in a dynamic environment. The MAP Collection, with 400,000 maps, 500,000 air photos, and numerous GIS datasets, has one of the largest collections of geographic resources in the country and is used heavily by researchers on campus and within the Pacific Northwest. Special areas of strength include maps of the western U.S., Americas and Europe, aerial photography of Oregon from 1929 to the present, and 4,000 atlases and reference books. The Map and Air Photo Research Service (MAPRS) provides access to the collections for a large external clientele. The UO has a campus site license for ESRI GIS software.

Responsibilities: This position has primary responsibility for the Library’s Map and Aerial Photography Collection, and for implementation of the Library’s GIS program. The GIS program consists of data collection and dissemination, development of the Library’s GIS website, collaboration in campus-wide GIS activities, and relevant user education services. As subject specialist in the fields of Geography and Cartography, this position is responsible for developing the collections in those fields, and for liaison with the university’s Geography Department. This position reports to the Head of the Document Center, and participates in providing reference service in that department’s areas of coverage: maps and air photos, government information, and business information. Library faculty members develop curricula and teach credit courses and non-credit workshops in their areas of expertise and for general library instruction. The position supervises 1.0 FTE support staff member and various student employees.

Required: American Library Association-accredited master’s degree, or relevant master’s degree; knowledge of map librarianship; knowledge of GIS services and experience with GIS software such as ArcView; high degree of computer literacy and interest in new technologies and their applications in academic libraries; excellent communication skills and potential to excel as an instructor. Preferred: degree in a discipline that emphasizes spatial data, such as geography, earth sciences, or land use planning; demonstrated professional development activity; previous supervisory or lead work experience. The successful candidate will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.

Archived on: 2010-06-15