Social Science Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2014-02-28

Employer: University of Houston Libraries

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The Social Science Data Librarian will collaborate with social science subject liaison librarians to provide expert support for faculty and students working with geospatial, numeric, and other data. Such support may include instruction in methodologies and tools, especially those related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS); development of dataset collections; and analysis and visualization of data. Reporting to the Head of Liaison Services for Collections and Research Support, this new position is part of the Liaison Services Department and will serve as an important member of a dynamic and collegial team of subject and functional specialists committed to providing outstanding service in the areas of instruction, outreach, collections, and research support. The position will work closely with the Coordinator of Research Support Services to provide general research support and data-related services across campus.  The position offers the opportunity for extensive collaboration with faculty and graduate students, exciting possibilities for involvement in emerging academic programs, and significant potential for creativity and innovation.

Required –

  • ALA accredited masters degree
  • Degree in a relevant subject area with concentration in GIS or significant experience relevant to the position

Preferred –

  • Demonstrated experience using and applying GIS in a library environment
  • Demonstrated familiarity with ArcGIS and Microsoft Excel software
  • Recent experience using GIS software, including ESRI software products
  • Experience building GIS web services
  • Knowledge of map and geospatial resources
  • Experience creating and maintaining appropriate geospatial metadata
  • Experience with the preservation of geospatial data
  • Experience with data visualization tools, software and concepts as related to geospatial information
  • High degree of computer literacy
  • Interest in emerging technologies
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively

Archived on: 2014-03-31