Science & Engineering Data & Information Specialist (2 positions)

Posted to IASSIST on: 2018-04-27

Employer: University of Wisconsin – Madison

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The UW-Madison Libraries seek two creative, collaborative, and user-oriented Science & Engineering Data & Information Specialists to contribute to developing a forward-looking suite of research services for the UW-Madison science and engineering community. The successful candidates will play a key role in expanding support for research workflows and data management in collaboration with the Digital Curation Coordinator and other campus partners, such as Research Data Services. As members of one of our research engagement teams, the Science & Engineering Data & Information Specialists will also contribute to developing a programmatic approach to expand our engagement and deepen connections with faculty, staff, and students. Positions are available in both the life sciences and physical sciences/engineering, and the successful candidates will be matched to the position that best aligns with their experience, skills, and interests. Early career candidates are encouraged to apply.

The Science and Engineering Data & Information Specialists will be part of the Science & Engineering Libraries - a dynamic, innovative, and collegial team of library staff that is building a wide range of services and partnerships supporting personal information organization and research workflows, research data management, open research, scholarly publishing, research identity management, research impact, innovation and entrepreneurship, and the STEM learning experience. A core guiding principle is to foster diversity and inclusiveness within STEM, our services, and our work environment. Our team is looking for colleagues who are interested in collaborating with faculty, staff, and students to advance knowledge creation and sharing in science and technology that will help to address society’s grand challenges.

The Science and Engineering Libraries (SEL) are comprised of a network of seven libraries - Astronomy Library, Chemistry Library, Geology and Geophysics Library, Math Library, Physics Library, Steenbock Memorial Library, and Wendt Commons Library. Together, they have primary responsibility for serving the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, the College of Engineering, the science departments, centers and programs of the College of Letters & Science, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the UW Extension/Cooperative Extension.

The Libraries at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are dedicated to the practices of social justice, diversity, equality, and respect among our staff, students, collections, and services. We strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society and embrace diverse points of view as assets to the fabric of our community. All positions will be called on to contribute to building this environment. 

Principal duties:

+———————————————————————–+ | Research Services (55%) | | | | - Contributes to a dynamic, team-based approach for providing | | library services that support the research life cycle and promote | | research productivity. | | - Provides consultations to support productive information | | discovery, use, and management to facilitate research and | | innovation. | | - Plays a principal role in the delivery, enhancement, and | | expansion of current and new services to advance research data | | management and workflows. This includes providing consultations, | | participating in service development and educational initiatives, | | and supporting community-building and partnerships as part of the | | SEL Research Data Management Team and in collaboration with the | | UW-Madison Libraries’ Digital Curation Coordinator and campus | | Research Data Services. | | - Contributes as needed to the delivery of services and educational | | initiatives around scholarly communication and/or innovation and | | entrepreneurship in coordination with the associated SEL research | | service teams and in conjunction with campus libraries | | initiatives. | | - Collaborates with campus library staff to support | | interdisciplinary research and initiatives. | | | | Engagement Services (20%) | | | | - As a member of one of SEL’s disciplinary research engagement | | teams, develops new approaches to build meaningful relationships | | and provide relevant and timely services for associated fields of | | research. | | - Communicates with faculty, staff, and students to increase | | visibility of library expertise and initiatives. | | - Cultivates an understanding of the research, teaching, and | | learning needs of the departments assigned to the research | | engagement team and shares with colleagues in order to develop | | services and collections. | | | |   | | | | Teaching and Learning (15%) | | | | - Participates in the library’s extensive in-person, blended, and | | online library teaching and learning program. | | - Contributes to campus-level collaborative instruction programs | | and activities.  | | | |   | | | | Professional Development & Service (10%) | | | | - Provides and participates in continuing education and | | professional development. | | - Serves on Science & Engineering Libraries, UW-Madison Libraries | | committees, and campus-level committees as appropriate. | | - Participates in professional association activities and | | university governance. | | - Contributes to publication and research. | +———————————————————————–+

Degree and Area of Specialization:

  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA (American Library Association) accredited program or equivalent (for Academic Librarian title series); OR an advanced degree in a relevant discipline in the life sciences, physical sciences, engineering, or medicine required (for Administrative Program Specialist series). (Note: Both title series follow the same pay schedules/ranges.)


Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:


  • Articulates a commitment to librarianship and supporting the information management needs of the science and/or engineering research community.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively present information and engage with faculty, staff, and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively on teams.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills. 



  • Articulates a strong user-centered services philosophy. 
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment and an ability to work effectively with a diverse community of faculty, staff, students, and colleagues. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of trends in scholarly communication, data management, and research workflows.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and awareness of emerging trends and best practices in science and/or engineering librarianship.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and/or interest in using emerging technologies to enhance delivery of information services.
  • Demonstrated instructional experience, with some classroom teaching preferred.
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in a science-related area is desirable. 
  • STEM-related background and/or experience working with the scientific research community.
  • Experience working in an academic/special library or a higher education setting.
  • Demonstrated outreach experience developing working partnerships with clientele and communities.

Initiative, flexibility, and the ability to creatively adapt to a changing environment and manage multiple priorities.

Archived on: 2018-08-24