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Data Services Librarian

Data Services Librarian

university of California, Berkeley Job Location: California Apply By: 07/03/2020 Date Created: 06-16-2020

The University of California, Berkeley Library seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and user-oriented colleague as the Data Services Librarian. This position will help develop, lead, and coordinate a robust suite of data services that serve to bolster student and faculty research through the discovery, curation, management, analysis, preservation, and visualization of data to meet curricular and research needs on campus. The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation's premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,000 undergraduate students, over 11,000 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. With a collection of more than 13 million volumes and an acquisitions and licensing collections budget of over $18 million, the Library offers access to scholarly resources extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those resources collections and build their related research skills.


Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Information Technology, this position will coordinate, implement, assess, provide outreach for, and enhance the Library’s data services program. The Library’s data services program partners with UC Berkeley faculty, researchers, and students to support the discovery, acquisition, organization, management, and curation of data. It provides a range of services such as advising researchers on the creation of data management plans, helping researchers find data, data publishing, and data-related consultations and workshops. The Data Services Librarian will work across the libraries to advance and deliver data services that support faculty and students engaged in data-intensive research projects. Internally, the Data Services Librarian will collaborate in leading and providing guidance for enhancing data skills among library staff. In collaboration with other librarians, the position will also provide guidance and partnership to students through data programs and other library initiatives in the Center for Connected Learning (CCL). This position will actively collaborate with library colleagues to promote and integrate data services and data literacy into library instruction across multiple disciplines.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree.
  • At least two years of experience working in libraries.
  • At least one year of experience with data tools and technologies in a higher education organization.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent international degree.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data management, data curation, and data preservation principles and practices.
  • Experience or demonstrated potential supporting researchers with data services, including discovery, management, visualization, reuse, security, and storage.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, collaborate on, and assess effective programs, projects, and services.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Demonstrated analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, creativity, and ability to work effectively both independently without direct supervision and as a team member.
  • Capacity to thrive in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a major research institution and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in the context of ethnic and cultural diversity. UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). The Librarian will be represented by the Union. UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Librarian advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show promise or evidence of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC system, and profession. Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits. Please note: This position might work from home during the initial hire period if the University is still directing employees to work from home, where possible, during the COVID-19 pandemic. In that case, the supervisor will work closely with the employee being hired to ensure flexibility and online onboarding, along with work projects being directed and managed remotely.  

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