Data Services Librarian

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Data Services LibrarianUniversity of Kansas LibrariesThe University of Kansas Libraries seek a knowledgeable, energetic and innovative individual to provide leadership and guidance to the University of Kansas Libraries and the campus community for the growing need to provide assistance to KU faculty in managing and sharing research data across disciplines. This need springs from mandates to plan for data management and to share data as a component of grant funding and also from the libraries' historical role in building collections of datasets for use by researchers from government entities, disciplinary collections, and commercial sources. This position is a 12 month tenure track faculty appointment with rank of assistant/associate librarian.Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Information Technology and Discovery Services, the Data Services Librarian works in a team environment as a member of the Metadata, Data, and Discovery Services department and in close collaboration with colleagues in Research and Learning and other divisions to build, support, and help users with numeric data research collections; to market the use of data services to the university community including faculty and students; to provide specialized instruction, consultation and outreach services to a diverse campus; and to create new strategic services and programs that embed the work of the libraries into an environment of rapidly changing information technologies, and scholarly communication models with emphasis on an interdisciplinary approach. The Data Services Librarian also works closely with other specialists in KU Libraries who manage and analyze data, including Government Information, Geographic Information Systems, and Statistical Consulting. This librarian works in partnership with other data professionals across the university to provide cohesive and complementary services. Current partners include the Institute for Policy and Social Research, the Center for Research Methods and Data Analysis, and the Institute for Digital Research in the Humanities. Duties80% Professional ResponsibilitiesParticipates in university and library initiatives to develop policies and offer sustainable services and infrastructure that enables management of research data over the intended data lifecycle.  Works with partners in the library and on campus to develop a data publishing model for shared access to open data.Assists researchers in developing data management plans, including those mandated by funding agencies.Develops a training and support program for KU Libraries staff who work with faculty to enable effective data consultation services.Works with subject specialists to develop discovery and access for acquired data sets that serve the university's research and teaching mission.Maintains close engagement with issues relating to scholarly communication such as licensing for creative content, open access/open data, scholarly publishing, and data archiving principles.10% Research Contributes to the profession's collective knowledge by engaging in scholarly research activity. Research may involve the publication of articles, books, book reviews, grant-supported inquiry, or editorial work.10% ServiceEngages in service to the Libraries, the University and to professional organizations by participating in committee work, projects, and other contributory achievements.Required Qualifications:  - ALA-accredited MLS by date of appointment.- Familiarity with emerging issues related to academic library services for data management or preservation.- Excellence in written communication as demonstrated by quality of application materials. - A commitment to strong customer service within and outside the libraries as demonstrated by quality of application materials as demonstrated by quality of application materials.Open Rank: Rank considerations are based on professional performance, research, and service experience sufficient to qualify for appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Librarian. See Discipline Expectations for additional details: http://lib.ku.edu/lfpa/LCPT/DisciplineExpectations2009.pdfPreferred Qualifications:- 2 years academic/research library experience. - Experience providing academic library services related to data management or preservation. - Excellent organizational skills with aptitude for complex, analytical and detailed work.- Excellent oral communication skills and the ability to collaborate effectively with diverse constituents.- Ability to work independently and as a team member in a dynamic environment and on a variety of simultaneous projects. - Working knowledge of the use of cataloging principles, and an understanding of controlled vocabularies, taxonomies, and ontologies.- Ability to provide effective individual and group training.- Demonstrated initiative in investigating new ideas and implementing change.- Engagement in national/international standards and professional organizations related to metadata.

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