Librarian for Research Data

Posted to IASSIST on: 2016-09-19

Employer: Tufts University

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[Tisch Library supports Tufts’ School of Arts & Sciences and School of Engineering (AS&E), providing services and resources to assist members of the Tufts community in their teaching, learning and research. Tisch Library provides collections, expertise, and technology-rich environments to support the creation and dissemination of scholarship. The Scholarly Communications & Collections department of Tisch Library supports the mission of the university by engaging with the long history of scholarly communication from rare books to research data, and by recognizing how different formats, different modes of communicating information, and different disciplinary practices impact the transfer and development of knowledge over time. The department makes strategic decisions about how best to provide access and, where appropriate, long-term preservation, to the collections needed to support the teaching and research excellence of AS&E. Tisch Library seeks an enthusiastic and knowledgeable Librarian for Research Data (Assistant Librarian/Associate Librarian) to lead Tisch outreach around research data and related data management services for the AS&E community. This individual will work with other library and campus partners (e.g. research administration) to adapt, design, and develop services that enable faculty and students to preserve, share, and curate their research data. ** **]{.text}

[Essential Functions: ]{.text}

  • Coordinate and provide Tisch research data curation and management services, including data management plans and electronic lab notebook consultations, with other libraries and units.
  • Develop and offer workshops in support of AS&E research data needs. Provide training and support to Tisch librarians around research data competencies.
  • Work with faculty and other campus partners to advocate for appropriate development of research data archiving infrastructure. Develop best practices for collecting, preserving, and sharing research data.
  • Participate on library and university teams and committees as needed, including representing library interests and concerns on campus research data teams and projects.
  • Active professional development and service to maintain expertise around issues in research data, data management, and open data.[]{.text}


**Basic Requirements: **At the rank of Assistant Librarian, at least 2 years of professional experience. At the rank of Associate Librarian, at least 6 years professional experience.

Both ranks require at a minimum:** ** 

  • ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent advanced degree/experience.
  • Strong service orientation and interest in library patrons’ values and needs.
  • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to work well in a team-based environment with a diverse group and to explain complex topics to a variety of audiences.
  • Demonstrable expertise in issues around research data.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Science or engineering degree and/or significant educational experience in the sciences, engineering, or in a lab.
  • Thorough understanding of the scholarly communication lifecycle.
  • Significant understanding of the common, major funder mandates for open data.
  • Experience working with faculty and researchers on data management plans.
  • Experience as a liaison to an academic department or program, with attendant collection development, instruction, and outreach experience.
  • Experience in an academic library.

Archived on: 2016-09-19