Biosciences Liaison Librarian and Scientific Data Curator

Posted to IASSIST on: 2017-06-12

Employer: University of Minnesota

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The University of Minnesota Libraries invites applications for a creative, innovative, and enthusiastic science librarian. We seek applicants who combine skills in outreach, technology, and subject expertise to help shape the future of library services. Interdisciplinary and collaborative research and learning figure prominently in the University of Minnesota’s priorities and are a focus of this position.  The successful candidate will serve as liaison to designated academic departments and research centers in the biological sciences, forging new relationships with faculty and students and creating new services that respond to trends in scientific research in those disciplines. The incumbent will also serve as Research Services Coordinator for the ABES department and as a curator for scientific data in the Data Repository for the University of Minnesota (DRUM), working closely with the Data Management/Curation Lead, the Research Data Services Team, and several disciplinary specialists to provide University Libraries data management and curation services.  


  • of the Biosciences Librarian include contributing to the development of data-related repository activities, workflows, and policies, executing technical processes involved in managing the lifecycle of digital datasets in order to maintain the integrity of and access to archived datasets; e.g., data transformation projects, serving as functional expert for consultations with UMN researchers on data issues and services (e.g., data management planning) and the development and delivery of training and instructional materials on data curation, processing submissions for depositing and archiving datasets in the digital repository, developing strong connections with a diverse population of faculty and students to determine and address service needs, seeking opportunities for collaborative partnerships with designated departments and research centers, providing research lifecycle support and leadership, including shared service development in areas such as data management planning, research networking, and personal information management, supporting teaching and learning needs of assigned departments, including the Biology Teaching & Learning program, selecting and managing collections in all formats for assigned subject areas, providing leadership for and contribute to library-wide projects, and contributing to the knowledge base of the profession through research, publication, and professional engagement.


  • Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited library school or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of scientific research methods and data collection processes.
  • Knowledge of data repositories, preservation, and curation concepts and their application.
  • Facility with technology and its application in academic contexts.
  • Understanding of teaching, learning, and research trends in the sciences.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated creativity, initiative, and self-direction.
  • Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a service-oriented, research-intensive environment.


  • Undergraduate or graduate science degree.
  • Experience working with data in a research setting.
  • Understanding of collection development issues and processes.
  • Education and/or training in research data management best practices and techniques.
  • Familiarity with metadata standards, creation, schemas, or management.
  • Knowledge of software packages and file formats for collecting and analyzing scientific data, such as R, SQL, MATLAB, Python, as well as tools and workflows for supporting reproducible research.  
  • Relevant discipline-specific experience in an academic or research library in a research-intensive environment.
  • Understanding of trends in academic research support and expertise in providing research lifecycle support.
  • Demonstrated experience working effectively to support diverse populations of library users.
  • Experience in developing and delivering instruction in an academic library environment.

Archived on: 2017-07-10