Data Services Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-02-24

Employer: New York University

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New York University Libraries is seeking an energetic, creative, and knowledgeable librarian to support the needs of data-intensive research and teaching at NYU and to provide vision and leadership as we continue to grow our data services.

The Data Services Librarian position is a tenure-track position based in the NYU Data Services. Data Services offers access to specialty software packages; statistical, geospatial, and qualitative data analysis training and support; and consulting expertise in the use of numeric, qualitative, and spatial data for research, including data access, analysis, collection, data management, and preservation. This position reports to the Social Sciences Coordinator/Co-Coordinator of Data Services in the Collections and Research Services Division of New York University Libraries.

The Data Services Librarian will bring substantive experience and leadership to the NYU Data Services as we chart a course in creating and sustaining a rapidly evolving set of services that meet our users' needs. She/he will select, acquire, manage, and deliver licensed, free, and researcher-generated numeric data collections to support campus research and scholarship; work with subject specialists and technologists to facilitate access to data resources across the disciplines; and play an instrumental role in the library’s efforts to design, implement, and optimize systems for management, discovery, and access to data resources.

The incumbent will promulgate awareness of our resources and services among faculty and students through outreach and liaison activities and in partnership with other service providers; work closely with the Data Services team and the Librarian for Geospatial Services to design and deliver data-focused instruction, reference, and consultation activities; and serve as NYU’s official representative to ICPSR, the Roper Center, and others. In collaboration with the Research Data Management Librarian, she/he will also develop a service framework for working with researchers to manage their data throughout the lifecycle, including preparation for archiving and preservation. Depending upon the background of the candidate, she/he may also serve as liaison librarian to one or more programs or departments, selecting materials and providing services to support the research and teaching of faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in said areas.

The Data Services Librarian will participate in library-wide committees, activities, and special projects, especially those involving new technologies and data. The incumbent will develop and maintain awareness of data-centered initiatives across the sciences, attending professional meetings, workshops and conferences for training and continuing professional development.


  • Minimum one graduate degree (master’s level or higher) for consideration. A second graduate degree will be required for tenure review. One of the two graduate degrees must be an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of Data Services experience, including intensive involvement with quantitative and/or geospatial data products and processes.
  • Ability to articulate a vision of the services, infrastructure, and skills required to support the data needs of researchers in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of public and proprietary resources for national and international numeric data.
  • Understanding of trends in data management throughout the research lifecycle, including creating, processing, analysis, preservation, access, and reuse of research data.
  • Ability to work courteously and effectively with patrons and colleagues in a collaborative team environment.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Candidates must possess a strong public service orientation, demonstrate a high degree of facility with technologies and systems germane to the 21st century library, and be well versed in the issues surrounding scholarly communications.


  • Academic or professional experience in the social sciences, sciences, and/or other fields utilizing quantitative methodologies.
  • Demonstrated experience working across organizational boundaries and managing complex stakeholder groups to move projects forward.
  • Reference/consultation, teaching, and outreach experience in an academic library.
  • Working knowledge of metadata standards related to the description, access, and preservation of numeric data, such as the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) specification.
  • Experience acquiring data resources for a library collection.
  • Experience helping researchers with data management planning.
  • Basic familiarity with software for statistical, geospatial, and/or qualitative analysis (e.g. SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, ArcGIS, Atlas.ti, NVivo).

Archived on: 2015-02-24