Librarian, Assessment & Data Visualization

Posted to IASSIST on: 2018-03-29

Employer: University of Washington

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Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Systems, the Data Visualization Librarian is a creative and forward-thinking individual that can develop a program of support in data visualization. The Data Visualization Librarian will help assist in managing the HSL Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL) that includes a six-panel data wall. The Data Visualization Librarian will serve as an expert consultant to our faculty and researchers on visual thinking and data visualization techniques and software. Candidates who exhibit excellent communication skills, aptitude with technology, and the ability to work in a collaborative, team environment will be given serious consideration. This is a full-time position.


  • Develop and deliver scalable and data visualization services and resources in collaboration for UW and NNLM National Evaluation Office (NEO).
  • Provide consultation to health sciences faculty, clinicians, and other researchers on data visualization techniques, tools, and software. Provides support and consultation to faculty and academic units in developing measurable student learning outcomes.
  • Assist in managing the data wall and other technology in the Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL) located in HSL. Help create and maintain documentation of technology, tools, and best practices. Track usage, conduct assessments and make recommendations for technology and space enhancements.
  • Design and deliver workshops and trainings on visualization tools and techniques.
  • Develop instructional materials and e-learning modules.
  • Perform data analysis in Excel and other statistical packages to identify key insights in the data.
  • Help create interactive data reports that are delivered to clients, such as library trends, built in Microsoft Excel or other platforms.
  • Modeling data and metadata to support ad-hoc and pre-built reporting.
  • Work with clients to pull data from large complex data sets.
  • Communicates appropriately, effectively, and positively. Plays an active role in staying informed and participating in Libraries and unit meetings, activities, and events. Is familiar with and understands the UW Libraries Personal Communication Responsibility Guidelines.


  • ¬†Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Experience utilizing a variety of data visualization tools and methods to create graphs, charts, timelines, maps, dashboards, infographics, etc.
  • Experience with data models and data visualization software (i.e. R, Excel or Tableau)
  • Initiate and ability to problem solve and create solutions to technical and data analysis problems.
  • Experience managing projects and integrating IT into workflows.



  • ¬†Familiarity with the principles of programming languages such as Javascript or R.
  • Expert experience in health sciences library research tools, databases, and learning management systems and databases such as REDCap.
  • Knowledge of statistical packages.
  • Thorough understanding of continuing and integrating resources, including awareness of issues concerning vendors, packages, aggregators, platforms, licensing pricing models, and financial and statistical management needs.

Archived on: 2018-08-24