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Data Services Librarian

Data Services Librarian

University of Houston Job Location: Texas Date Created: 11-14-2016

The Data Services Librarian will collaborate with subject liaison librarians across disciplines to provide expert support for faculty and students working with geospatial, numeric, statistical, and other data. Such support may include instruction in methodologies and tools, especially those related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS); analysis and visualization of data; and development and promotion of dataset collections. Because campus demand for data-related services is significant and increasing, the Data Services Librarian will play a key role in expanding the UH Libraries’ capacity to provide these services by providing data training to colleagues in the Libraries and contributing to the development of innovative, collaborative service models for the Libraries’ Digital Research Commons.
Reporting to the Head of Liaison Services for Collections and Research Support, this position is part of the Liaison Services Department and will serve as an important member of a dynamic and collegial team of subject and functional specialists committed to providing outstanding service in the areas of instruction, outreach, collections, and research support. The position will work closely with several colleagues, including the Coordinator of Research Support Services, the Head of Digital Research Services, and the newly created positions of Director of the Digital Research Commons and Digital Scholarship Coordinator to provide research support and data-related services across campus. The position offers the opportunity for extensive collaboration with faculty and graduate students, exciting possibilities for involvement in emerging academic programs, and significant potential for creativity and innovation.
Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston Libraries’ Bylaws Document.  They are expected to develop a record of service, scholarship and professional involvement. The UH Libraries support the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.  
Required Qualifications:
- Significant experience with data-intensive research, including familiarity with methodologies and tools for data analysis and visualization.
- American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master’s degree.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to work in team-based environment, both within the Libraries and with faculty, staff, and students.
Preferred Qualifications:
- Demonstrated experience using and applying GIS in a library environment.
- Experience teaching data-related skills and tools.
- Knowledge of scripting languages used with data-intensive research such as Python or R.
- Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects involving many stakeholders simultaneously.
- Experience designing, implementing, and assessing models for data services.
- Experience working on grant-funded research projects.
- Familiarity with a variety of data sources.
Salary: $58,000 to $60,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.
Library Information:  The University of Houston Libraries’ Digital Research Commons will offer services, tools, and technologies to support collaborative scholarship and research across disciplines. By leveraging the expertise of the Libraries and cultivating partnerships with other campus research support units, the Commons will collaborate with faculty, researchers, staff, and advanced students from research conception to preservation, by providing data management, data documentation, research publishing and sharing, and data preservation services.
The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library.  The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes.  The University Libraries’ total staff is 160, including 62 professionals.  Additional information about the University Libraries is available at: http://info.lib.uh.edu. 
Please also visit the University of Houston Libraries Employment page for more information:  http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/employment.
Appointment to this position is contingent on the results of a completed criminal history records investigation.

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