Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2016-04-19

Employer: Michigan State University Libraries

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The MSU Library seeks a forward thinking librarian who will work as part of a team providing support to users working with data across disciplinary areas. The librarian promotes collections, provides reference services, and delivers instructional sessions as well as contributes to the provision and expansion of research data management services.  Reporting to the Head of the Kline Digital and Multimedia Center, the incumbent advocates for and develops services and infrastructure in support of evolving learning, teaching, research, and scholarly communication needs in the digital environment.

The successful candidate must be broadly focused and adventurous enough to expand or shift their range of responsibilities to meet evolving campus needs, as well as participate in an approximately quarter-time secondary assignment based on the needs of the library and candidate interests; may include work in areas such as reference, information literacy, cataloging, or collection development.

Librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuing appointment system and are engaged in professional development and scholarly activities related to their position in addition to serving on library and university committees as elected or assigned. Some evening and weekend hours may be required. Other appropriate duties as assigned.

Michigan State University Libraries serve more the 5,300 faculty and academic staff, 39,000 undergraduates, and 11,400 graduate and professional students on a park-like campus of over 5,000 acres. The Libraries have combined holdings of over 5 million volumes. East Lansing is a community of 50,000 located adjacent to Lansing, the State capital.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Information or Library Science from an ALA-accredited program
  • Broad understanding of emerging trends in digital technologies and scholarship
  • Demonstrated use of statistical software and/or analysis tools
  • Knowledge of repository software such as Fedora Commons, familiarity with database construction
  • Knowledge of standards-based metadata schema
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to be flexible in a dynamic and changing environment
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse faculty, students, and staff; ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to prioritize and balance various unit needs
  • Attention to detail
  • As librarians are appointed as regular faculty in the continuous appointment system, also required are preparation and commitment to conduct independent scholarship consistent with a librarian appointment
  • Capacity and commitment to engage independently in continuing professional development

 Desired Qualifications

  • Understanding of data visualization techniques
  • Advanced degree or demonstrated understanding of research methodologies

Archived on: 2016-04-21