Posted to IASSIST on: 2012-03-08

Employer: Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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The Data & Electronic Content Librarian is responsible for providing support in guiding the acquisition of data and electronic content from request through receipt. The Librarian works with Bank staff to identify, acquire and manage data and electronic content to meet time-sensitive research needs. The Data & Electronic Content Librarian informs and contributes to the assessment and acquisitions process by serving as the first point of contact for data investigation, coordinating data product demos, negotiating pricing with vendors, managing the data catalog and acting as a liaison to the offices involved in the purchasing procedure. This position works closely with staff throughout the acquisitions process including economists, vendors, technical, legal, and procurement.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as facilitator/coordinator of data product knowledge for the Bank;
  • Acquire knowledge of the different data products and catalogs available within the Bank and the Federal Reserve System;
  • Develop an awareness of existing data products in the market and an understanding of the current state and trends in data services and analysis tools;
  • Negotiate pricing with vendors for requested data products;
  • Monitor licenses and provide information on fair and permitted uses of licensed data;
  • Investigate product alternatives;  
  • Communicate information about services and data sets so that customers are able to search, browse and discover meta-data of available datasets that meet their needs;
  • Coordinate data product demos and vendor training;
  • Create and maintain metadata in the data catalog;
  • Build relationships with vendors for improved customer service and communication of existing and new data products, services and tools;
  • Interface with stakeholder groups to ensure seamless communication between business areas.


  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution and a minimum of three to five years of professional library experience;
  • Broad knowledge of major data providers and their products (for example, S&P; Thomson);
  • Experience in negotiating contracts and pricing for data and electronic content;
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and best practices;
  • Strong decision-making skills using independent judgment, including the ability to approach problems creatively and implement new ideas
  • Ability to work well in a collaborative team-based environment and independently, as required;
  • Ability to supervise the work of others including delegating work;  
  • Initiative and good project management skills including the ability to manage multiple projects and changing priorities, often under strict deadlines;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, particularly an ability to interact with and apply tact and diplomacy with all levels of staff on a range of issues;
  • Flexibility in developing alternative solutions in complex and rapidly changing situations;  
  • High attention to detail as well as highly developed organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with major software packages (SAS, STATA);
  • working knowledge of business, economics, finance, or banking;
  • specialized coursework or training in business reference, digital licensing, and cataloging;
  • experience and understanding of data and its use in research preferred.

Archived on: 2012-04-08