Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2011-04-25

Employer: James A. Gibson Library, Brock University

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Brock University Library has an exciting career opportunity for an innovative, service-oriented Data Librarian. This is a full-time probationary position leading to permanence.

The successful candidate will provide consultation, research support and instruction in the discovery and use of numerical and statistical data resources to the broad campus community. The incumbent will work in close collaboration with the Map Librarian and other members of the Data Research Service team to provide leadership to this developing service area. S/he will engage in user needs assessment and outreach to promote data literacy and best practices in data management. The Data Librarian will serve as the contact with DLI and ICPSR, and will be expected to participate in professional development activities related to data librarianship. The Data Librarian will also have liaison responsibilities for one or more academic programs, and will be responsible for the government documents collection and legal information. The incumbent will participate in scheduled reference service, with occasional evening and weekend assignments.

Located at the centre of Canada’s beautiful Niagara Peninsula, Brock offers an exciting work environment with strong undergraduate, graduate and interdisciplinary programs and a vigorous research culture. More information on Brock University can be found on the University’s website at The University Library provides information resources and services to a user community of more than 17,000 students and 600 faculty. For further details about the Library, visit

Brock University offers a competitive salary and an attractive benefits package. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The position is included in the Brock University Faculty Association.

A Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library program or its equivalent is required; in addition a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline is desirable. Formal training and experience in the use of data sets, applications and software are definite assets. Recent library school graduates with appropriate background and experience and a strong desire to acquire specialized knowledge are encouraged to apply.


  • Knowledge of statistical resources (e.g. Census, CANSIM, E-STAT and survey data), and data access
  • resources and tools (e.g. DLI, Equinox, ODESI, ICPSR).
  • Knowledge of statistical software such as SAS or SPSS and familiarity with ArcGIS.
  • An understanding of quantitative research methods.
  • Knowledge of research data management practices and emerging trends in data services.
  • Familiarity with common metadata standards such as the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI).
  • Knowledge of information resources in general, with an emphasis on the Social Sciences.
  • Proven reference and instruction skills.
  • Evidence of professional initiative, flexibility, and leadership potential.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills (oral and written).
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially in both team-based and self-directed environments.

Archived on: 2011-05-25