Social Science Data Curator and GIS Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2019-04-08

Employer: Washington University in St. Louis

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The Social Science Data Curator and GIS Librarian serves as faculty liaison for social science data and spatial data in the University Libraries. This position is responsible for instructional programming, collection development, data management, outreach, and research assistance for faculty and student needs with social science data and spatial data, and works in collaboration with Data Services, Research and Liaison Services, and other relevant library units.


  1. Serve as faculty liaison and consultant for social sciences and spatial data. Collaborate with subject area librarians on strategies and services for instruction, collection management, research consultations, and scholarly services related to social sciences data and spatial data. Develops and implements programmatic services for instruction, collection management, outreach, individualized consultations, and research support to faculty, students and staff across disciplines utilizing social science data, spatial data, and related resources.
  2. Work closely with relevant library programs and services on digital collection development, policies, and protocols related to data management, repository services, and other relevant initiatives to make social science data, GIS data, and resulting scholarly outputs discoverable and accessible to students, faculty and staff.
  3. Collaborate closely with relevant library staff throughout the University Libraries on data curation policies, digital repository services, and faculty workflow practices.
  4. Engage in ongoing training and professional development activities to facilitate skill building and keep current on relevant topics in the fields of social science data curation and GIS. Engage and contribute to library committees.  Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or a related degree, or equivalent combination of education and work experience
  • Demonstrated project management experience
  • Demonstrated experience with the execution of sound data management practices, including organization, documentation, and preservation of research data
  • Knowledge of trends, issues, tools, and resources in social science research and GIS
  • Demonstrated experience with GIS software and use of spatial data
  • Experience in working with users (e.g., faculty, staff, and students) in reference and research consultation.


  • Advanced degree or coursework in the social sciences, GIS, informatics, or other relevant research-oriented discipline
  • Experience in delivery of research services for social sciences
  • Familiarity experience with data delivery services, discoverability solutions, and meeting federal grant requirements for data accessibility
  • Advanced knowledge of GIS software, related computational tools, and management of spatial data
  • Demonstrated familiarity with computational approaches and research software used in the social sciences, such as R, SPSS, SAS, Stata, and/or Excel
  • Familiarity with database design or digital repository structure and development
  • Experience with relevant metadata standards and schemas for describing digital objects and research data, such as DDI, geospatial metadata, or Dublin Core
  • Experience with development and implementation of data management services
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and vet resources and tools for data sharing, data analysis, and archiving
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once, to set priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to provide instruction and consultation on complex topics in data management and GIS to faculty, students and library staff
  • Demonstrated capability as a self-starter and ability to work independently
  • Ability to work and thrive within a rapidly changing professional environment

Archived on: 2020-01-02