Social Sciences Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2011-11-09

Employer: Brown University

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The Brown University Library seeks an innovative and service-oriented individual for the position of Social Sciences Data Librarian.  The Social Sciences Data Librarian manages, delivers, and develops library services related to the discovery and use of data sets in the social sciences.  Works closely with faculty and students to determine needs and support the use of GIS and numeric data, as well as web-based geographical systems, and provides in-depth, subject-based research services for library users and researchers. Teaches research skills and strategies and conducts workshops on different social sciences software packages (with an emphasis on geographical information systems). Provides technical assistance and data curation services for social sciences data sets created by Brown researchers. Keeps informed of emerging trends and technologies in social sciences data management and contributes to the development of library-related resources and services.

The incumbent has particular responsibility for the following collections or programs: Social Sciences Data Center, Social Sciences software packages (e.g. ArcGIS, SPSS, Stata, Nvivo), Library Map resources and United Nations Information.    Serves as the library’s liaison to these programs and identifies resources and develops collections to meet the current information needs (including books, e-books, e-journals, databases and other resources) in these fields.  Participates in the needs assessment, evaluation, design, and implementation of user-driven services for the library’s scholarly resources.

  • Masters in Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution or advanced degree in the social sciences
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with geographic information systems (GIS) and cartographic and geospatial cataloging/metadata
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with appropriate quantitative data services and software: e.g.. SPSS, Stata, SAS
  • Knowledge of relevant social sciences metadata standards
  • Knowledge of the scholarly communications process (publishing, copyright, repositories)
  • Experience with library research tools relevant to the social sciences
  • Experience with instruction and making presentations
  • Experience working with researchers in a rapidly changing environment
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a complex library organization with a strong service orientation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Archived on: 2011-12-09