Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2016-01-27

Employer: University of California, San Diego

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The University of California San Diego Library seeks applications from highly motivated, innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professionals to join the Library as our GIS Librarian (Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian). This position reports to the Program Director of the Library’s Reference and Research Advisory Services (RRAS).

As the use of geospatial data across academic disciplines and the broader UC San Diego campus continues to expand, the GIS Librarian plays a critical role in leading and developing the Library’s GIS services for learning, teaching, and research. GIS is a vital component of RRAS, and the GIS Librarian is the leader within the UC San Diego Library for developing, managing and providing geospatial data and services. Since the position has remained unfilled for a few years, the new GIS Librarian will have the opportunity to rebuild our GIS services and play a pivotal role in moving RRAS forward. S/he will apply best practices in geospatial data management and curation for both preservation and re-use. S/he will implement cutting-edge web-based technologies for augmentation, presentation, or manipulation of geospatial data. This position also supports other activities related to reference and research advisory services.

  •  Leads, develops, and promotes GIS services and resources to meet curricular and research needs on campus
  •  Provides specialized GIS assistance and general reference service at the Research Assistance Desk in person and with virtual users
  •  Collaborates with librarians, library staff, and campus communities to provide specialized GIS instructional services
  • Partners with subject librarians for liaison and outreach to academic departments and programs on campus
  • Selects and manages geospatial data, materials and software in all applicable formats
  • Collaborates with Library programs to develop and implement strategies to support the acquisition, management, curation and preservation of GIS Data
  • Collaboratively manages the daily operations of the Library’s Data & GIS Lab

Required Qualifications

  •  Professional degree from a library school or other advanced degree, or equivalent experience in  one or more fields relevant to library science, and a concentration or advanced coursework in GIS
  •  Proficient with GIS software including ESRI ArcGIS
  •  Experience working with geospatial data, metadata standards, formats, and analytic software
  • Ability to effectively teach the use of GIS to students and faculty in the academic environment
  • Ability to develop effective relationships between the Library and other campus units
  • Superior organizational, analytical and communication skills
  • Strong commitment to excellence in service and ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with a programming language, such as Python or R
  • Experience with open-source and web-based GIS tools (OpenLayers, Leaflet, Open GeoPortal, Harvard WorldMap, QGIS, ArcGIS Online, etc.)
  • Experience with data visualization tools, software and concepts related to geospatial information
  • Experience providing reference service in an academic or research library

Archived on: 2016-02-04