Research Data Management Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2018-03-15

Employer: York University Libraries

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York University Libraries (YUL) seeks a dynamic and innovative individual with strong leadership potential to advance York University Libraries’ research data management portfolio in support of the research community across campus.

York University offers a world-class, modern, interdisciplinary academic experience in Toronto, Canada’s most multicultural city. York is a centre of innovation, with a thriving community of over 60,000 students, faculty and staff who challenge the ordinary and deliver the unexpected.

The successful candidate will be a member of the new Research and Open Scholarship division and will report to the Director for Open Scholarship. The incumbent will lead the development of a research data management program on campus and will coordinate ongoing support in this area within a team-based environment. The incumbent will work collegially with departmental members to advance the wider responsibilities of the Open Scholarship Department.

The Open Scholarship Department advances strategic areas of library-wide expertise including coordination of campus liaison, outreach, and education activities related to research impact, open access, and open data. It provides licensing/copyright expertise to campus researchers on issues related to scholarly publishing and promotes the dissemination of YUL- and campus-created scholarship.

Working collegially with staff in the Steacie Science and Engineering Library, the successful incumbent also sits in the Health, Science and Engineering disciplinary team. In this capacity, the incumbent will actively contribute to the Health, Science and Engineering disciplinary cluster in the provision of disciplinary liaison support for the sciences particularly in the physical sciences, the Division of Natural Science and the Department of Science and Technology Studies. The candidate will also participate in project and committee work for the Libraries and the university, and in external cooperative and professional activities. Occasional evening and weekend hours may be required.

The successful candidate will have the following qualifications:

● an ALA-accredited MLIS or equivalent with graduation year of 2007 or later; ● academic background in the physical sciences or equivalent library professional or work experience in these subject areas; ● demonstrated leadership capacity and evidence of building effective working relationships with institutional colleagues; ● demonstrated understanding of liaison supports for the sciences inclusive of information literacy, scholarly communications, and research support needs in the sciences; ● demonstrated understanding of relevant information sources in chemistry, physics, astronomy, and science and technology studies; ● demonstrated understanding of disciplinary research cultures including scholarly communication, publishing trends and corresponding needs of faculty and researchers; ● understanding of the changing role of academic libraries in higher education and an ability to envision innovative and creative methods of integrating and employing digital technologies; ● experience with advancing scholarly communications initiatives or new programmatic areas and engaging stakeholders in these developments; ● leadership capacity to develop research data management initiatives across the research lifecycle, including creating, processing, analysis, preservation, access, and reuse of research data; ● aptitude for creating metadata and working with digital repositories; ● promise of record of research, publication and professional development; ● strong public service philosophy; ● evidence of professional initiative; ● demonstrated project management skills and ability to balance work priorities; ● excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills; ● demonstrated ability to be flexible, creative, and work effectively in a fluid institutional environment; and ● ability to work collegially and effectively with a diverse population of colleagues, faculty, staff, and students.

Archived on: 2018-08-24