Science Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2014-11-11

Employer: Pennsylvania State University

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The Pennsylvania State University Libraries seek an innovative and enthusiastic librarian who is interested in providing informatics and data services across the science, technology, engineering and mathematical fields and who, together with their colleagues, will shape the future of library services in the STEM disciplines. This is a 12-month tenure-track position reporting to the Head of the Physical and Mathematical Sciences Library.  The Prystowsky Early Career Endowment accompanies the position for an initial three year period (with possibility of renewal for an additional three years) for those candidates within the first 10 years of their academic career. Funds from the endowment will be available to the successful candidate to support their research, teaching, professional travel expenses and other needs.


  • The Science Data Librarian will work collaboratively with their colleagues across the Libraries and in particular the other science libraries, centers, and institutes with the Eberly College of Science. For example, the Huck Institutes of Life Sciences, Statistical Consulting Center, Center for AstroStatistics. A complete list can be viewed at

  • Informatics and Data Services: Provide leadership and direction around data access and management in the sciences; Deliver expert data information advice and guidance to researchers and collaborate on the creation a suite of information services.

  • Liaison activities with assigned academic units: Develop collaborative partnerships with informatics researchers across disciplines, contributing expertise in information science and linked open data to research projects that leverage, mine and integrate bibliographic data and information systems.

  • Teaching, learning, and literacies: Create educational support systems for informatics and contribute to the science informatics curriculum; Design, deliver, and assess library-instructions programs to educate and inform faculty and students on scholarly communication issues such as open-access initiatives and digital publishing; Develop instructional programs and learning materials in a variety of formats, using instructional-design principles.

  • Reference and research: Provide reference assistance and research consulting for data access and management at all levels in person and in locations across Penn State.

  • Collections content and access: Develop and manage collections to support research and curricular needs of informatics researchers across the University; Collaborate with librarians in related subject areas and libraries/departments.

  • Research and Service:  Engage in research, scholarly publication, and professional service activities in areas appropriate to academic librarianship and the disciplines served.

*Required Qualifications:

  • Requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or equivalent); undergraduate degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) discipline; ability to work independently and collaboratively; potential to achieve the requirement for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service; excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills; and be in the first ten years of an academic library career. Please visit to learn more about the University Libraries Promotion and Tenure Guidelines.

*Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree in a STEM discipline; certificate or equivalent in informatics; data curation experience, with a demonstrated understanding of issues and technical challenges, including format migration, preservation, metadata and data retrieval and use.

Archived on: 2014-11-18