Data Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2016-09-22

Employer: Texas A&M University

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The Texas A&M University Libraries seeks to expand our team in the Office of Scholarly Communications (OSC) by recruiting a data management librarian to join our growing team. The OSC leads the Libraries’ efforts to explore alternative means of assessing scholarly output and impact; increase recognition of Texas A&M University research; expand awareness and acceptance of open access and open educational resources on campus; support digital scholarship initiatives; strengthen author/faculty rights; and support digital data services.  We often work through partnership with other library units as well as national organizations such as Duraspace and the Texas Digital Library to achieve our goals.  This tenure-track academic appointment carries full faculty status and responsibilities including research, publication, and service to meet both the Libraries’ and University’s requirements for tenure and promotion.

We seek to recruit an innovative librarian who can design and implement systemic programs that couple outreach, education, tools, and policies that effectively advance library initiatives in data-driven discovery at Texas A&M.  Specifically, we seek applicants who can develop data management services to support faculty preparing proposals or managing research teams; support and manage Texas A&M’s shared instance of the emerging data repository being administered by the Texas Digital Library; engage with the Libraries’ metadata efforts to improve discoverability and metadata quality for repository objects; partner with key stakeholder groups within the Libraries and across campus in developing the University’s data management, curation, and preservation strategies; and contribute to open source communities seeking to develop and expand data repository functionality.  This position works closely with application developers, a cross-unit metadata team, other library units, and the Texas Digital Library.


  • Partners with researchers, institutes, and centers to develop and sustain services for the management, curation, reuse, and accessibility of data produced at Texas A&M University.
  • Assists faculty in meeting funder requirements, including federal agencies, for providing public access to research results, including data.
  • Collaborates with OSC faculty and staff in developing data management services and workflows
  • Keeps abreast of trends and developments and actively pursues innovations in data management.
  • Develops and maintains data services web pages that describe campus and funding agency data policies, guidelines, best practices, and library services.
  • Develops and delivers training and instruction for credit courses, workshops, and other forums.
  • Engages in research, publication, and professional service as required of tenure-track/tenured faculty.

Required Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution (or international equivalent).
  • One year of relevant research data management and curation experience in an academic, scientific, or corporate setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to data curation and management.
  • Understanding of metadata standards in a research context.
  • Knowledge and usage of data documentation standards and tools.
  • Experience with one or more commonly used repository platforms.
  • Strong technical skills and technical problem-solving abilities. 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to customer service.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in teams with culturally- and technically-diverse backgrounds.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working in an academic library environment.
  • Experience with one or more commonly used data repository platforms.
  • Knowledge of scripting languages used with data-intensive research such as Python or R.
  • Knowledge of User Interface design.
  • Grant writing experience. 
  • Experience with project management.
  • Established record of publications and service.

Archived on: 2016-09-27