Science Data & Engineering Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2015-08-12

Employer: University of California, Berkeley

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The University of California, Berkeley seeks an enthusiastic, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to join a team of specialists supporting world-class research and teaching in the engineering and physical sciences through active engagement with collection development, data and information literacy initiatives, course-based instruction, individual research assistance, and outreach to students, faculty and the broader academic community. This position serves as subject librarian for one or more engineering disciplines, and takes a leadership role in providing research data lifecycle support throughout the engineering and physical sciences.


The Science Data & Engineering Librarian provides expert advice and guidance across the research data lifecycle including data management, curation, sharing, and visualization to faculty, students, researchers, and fellow librarians in the engineering and physical sciences. The librarian develops outreach programs to promote the suite of data management tools and services available at UC Berkeley. The librarian creates and provides data and information literacy instruction in the form of workshops, classroom instruction, online guides, video tutorials, and other formats as appropriate. The librarian collaborates with other librarians, library systems staff, and Research IT staff on our growing Research Data Management program.

The librarian also serves as the selector and liaison for one or more engineering disciplines. The librarian selects materials in all formats, manages collections through storage and weeding, and monitors budgets and approval plans for the assigned subject areas. The librarian also collaborates with other librarians on campus and within the UC System on collection decisions for print and electronic resources. The librarian contributes to reference and instructional services including virtual reference, consultations, in-person classes, online subject guides, and other instructional materials.

Reporting to the Head of the Engineering & Physical Sciences Division, this position will collaborate frequently with colleagues in that division as well as with colleagues in the Life & Health Sciences Division and other divisions. The successful candidate will become the division’s knowledge leader for current trends in research data lifecycle support services and maintain awareness of data and metadata requirements, practices, and standards as they are adopted by various funding agencies and research communities.


*Minimum Basic Qualification

  • at time of application:

  • American Library Association-accredited Master’s degree or equivalent degree

*Additional Required Qualifications

  • by start date in position:

  • Demonstrated expertise in research data lifecycle support including data curation and management through direct experience, degree specialization, or significant coursework

  • Demonstrated understanding of the research process in the sciences and/or engineering

  • Experience with outreach, marketing, and promotion of library services and resources

  • Experience providing reference, consultation, and instructional services

  • Proven commitment to public services and improving the user experience

  • Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills

  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as a team member

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant coursework or library experience in science or engineering
  • Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library
  • Demonstrated knowledge of information resources related to engineering or science fields
  • Demonstrated experience with data visualization tools

Archived on: 2015-08-13