Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2012-04-11

Employer: Barnard College

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Barnard College seeks an innovative and service-oriented individual for the position of Data Librarian and Manager of the Empirical Reasoning Lab. The Data Librarian has the opportunity to assist in the development of an exciting new program that provides direct and programmatic support for the faculty’s efforts to integrate empirical reasoning throughout the Barnard curriculum. As Manager of the Empirical Reasoning Lab, the Librarian will play a key role in supporting “Critical and Empirical Approaches to Problem-Solving in the Liberal Arts Curriculum” (CEAPS), a program that will focus on preparing undergraduate students to become proficient with the theoretical underpinnings and practical applications of empirical reasoning and critical inquiry in the context of a liberal arts education. The Librarian will identify, implement, assess, and support the use of technologies across the Barnard curriculum that support both qualitative and quantitative data gathering, management, visualization, and analysis. The Librarian will hire, train, and supervise a staff of graduate assistants and undergraduate “empirical reasoning fellows” to work in the lab and support specific classes. Reporting to the Director of Research and Instructional Services (RIS), the Data Librarian joins a talented team of colleagues in the provision of research and instructional services to the Barnard and Columbia communities. Depending on education, qualifications, and interests, the Data Librarian will serve as the primary liaison and personal librarian for Barnard students and faculty in assigned departments and programs. The Librarian will also participate in the development, evaluation, and management of related areas of the circulating and reference collections, and collaborate with colleagues at Columbia University on the acquisition of data sets and analytical software tools. Some evening and weekend hours may be required.

The ideal candidate will have an accredited MLS or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate will have a demonstrated knowledge of the concepts, pedagogy, research, and scholarly trends in empirical research and be able to communicate effectively with faculty and students about textual, numeric, and spatial data resources. The candidate will have experience in managing complex projects and a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and independently.

Archived on: 2012-05-28