Data Services Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2017-04-24

Employer: San Jose State University Library

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The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library seeks an innovative, knowledgeable, service-minded librarian to provide leadership in the area of data management and services. The Data Services Librarian develops and promotes Library services related to the discovery, analysis, manipulation and visualization of data. S/he will collaborate with faculty, library staff and campus stakeholders to develop and implement innovative services to support data-intensive research, including data management plans. The Data Services Librarian serves as a liaison librarian in areas determined by candidate’s educational and research background and library needs. As a library faculty member, the candidate engages in library and university governance and scholarship that includes research, scholarly and creative activities required for tenure and promotion.


  • Develop and promote Library services related to the discovery, analysis, manipulation and visualization of data.
  • Develop a service framework for working with researchers to manage their data throughout the research lifecycle.
  • Lead efforts to support data literacy skills across campus.
  • Select, acquire, manage and deliver licensed, free and researcher-generated data collections to support campus research and scholarship.
  • Work with liaison librarians to facilitate access to data resources and develop data management plans across the disciplines.
  • Maintain current knowledge of the trends and issues in higher education, scholarly communication and research practices.
  • Participates in the library liaison program providing services to one or more academic departments.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science or equivalent (MSLS, MLIS, MALS etc.) from a library school program accredited by the American Library Association is required by start of appointment.
  • Demonstrated experience using quantitative and/or geospatial products and processes.
  • Ability to articulate a vision of the services, infrastructure, and skills required to support the data needs of researchers in an academic setting.
  • Knowledge of public and proprietary resources for national and international data sets, data management practices, data policies, sharing and reuse, and data citation.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the trends in data management throughout the research lifecycle.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to manage projects and multiple tasks while meeting deadlines.
  • Demonstrated awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with public and academic librarians and staff, teaching faculty, and students in a rapidly changing information environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, design and implement innovative projects or services.
  • Knowledge of the research process and evolving models of scholarly communication, open access, e-science, institutional repositories, and other trends in information science.
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree or equivalent training/work experience in science, social sciences, or engineering.
  • Knowledge of digital preservation and metadata considerations for data.

Archived on: 2017-05-22