Data Science Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2017-09-13

Employer: University of California, San Diego

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The University of California San Diego Library seeks applications from highly motivated, innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professionals to join the Library as our Data Science Librarian (Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian). This position reports to the Assistant Director of the Library’s Research Advisory Services Program (RAS) with additional assigned responsibilities in the Research Data Curation Program (RDCP).

Responsibilities of the Position

The Data Science Librarian is the leader within the UC San Diego Library for managing and providing data and statistical services, with an emphasis on social sciences data. Responding to increasing campus demand for data literacy, the forward-thinking incumbent will play a significant role in the library and on campus, providing service offerings to meet changing research and scholarly needs. The candidate will collaborate with subject and format librarians to outreach to campus constituents, provide data-focused instruction, workshops, and research consultation services. The incumbent will be clustered within a creative group of librarians and library staff specializing in Data, GIS, Digital Scholarship, and MapsDevelop, implement, and manage data services and collections

  • Select and support datasets and statistical software to meet campus curricular and research needs
  • Provide in-depth research consultations on discovering and analyzing datasets, software development, analytic tools, and data management best practices
  • Engage with campus partners to make digital and scholarly data work openly discoverable, accessible, and reusable
  • Collaborate with subject librarians, Information Technology Services, and researchers to identify, evaluate, and test data science applications and hardware in support of the research data lifecycle (obtaining, analyzing, and communicating findings)
  • Partner with data curation and subject librarians to provide instructional workshops and training sessions to support data literacy, data analytical skills, and data-related best practices including data management and reproducible research
  • Engage with campus and broader communities, such as Software Carpentry, to develop instructional materials and workshops
  • With the GIS Librarian, jointly manage the Data & GIS Lab
  • Provide project leadership or participate in projects related to data services
  • Participate in and provide feedback for data-related local and/or UC-wide data-related activities and projects
  • Serve as the Library’s liaison to ICPSR and DDI initiatives and represent the UC San Diego Library at pertinent meetings and conferences


  • Professional degree from a library school or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields relevant to library services
  • Ability to download and transform data files to meet the various needs of users
  • Proficient with social sciences statistical packages and software, such as SPSS, STATA, SAS, R, Python
  • Experience providing numeric data services support in an academic setting, such as data reference and instruction
  • Superior organizational, analytical, and communication skills
  • A strong commitment to excellence in service and ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to develop effective relationships with internal and external departments to further dataset management projects
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.

 **Desired **

  • Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in the social sciences
  • Experience with GIS data and applications
  • Experience in collection development activities in an academic library
  • Experience with data curation in an academic environment

Archived on: 2017-10-03