Research Data Librarian

University of North Carolina, Wilmington
North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
Jan 26, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Posting Details

Working Title
Research Data Librarian
External Link to Posting
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Location of Workplace
Main UNCW Campus
Randall Library - 30800
Academic Affairs - 30000 Division
Brief Summary of Work for this Position

The Research Data Librarian is a part of Randall Library’s newly developed Scholarly Research Services ( SRS ) team designed to support UNCW’s recently elevated status as a doctoral university and serves as Randall Library’s functional expert on the range of data services increasingly supported in research libraries, including data curation and management, analysis and presentation, sharing and stewardship.

This position develops, delivers, and assesses library services that support faculty, researchers, and students in the discovery, use, preservation, and visualization of data. This position, in collaboration with liaison and SRS librarians, provides outreach, consultation, and instruction on the use of secondary data, data management plans, data sharing and preservation options, and the interpretation of data in various contexts to faculty, researchers, and students. The librarian collaborates with colleagues in the library to support individual researchers and scholars as well as partnering with other campus units involved in research data support. The Research Data Librarian actively contributes to and promotes data curation services in the institutional repository as well as in disciplinary data repositories.

This is an 11-month, renewable, non-tenure track faculty position reporting to the Senior Associate Director for Library Information Technology and Scholarly Research.

Research Services to Users

  • Analyze and assess campus data management needs, current initiatives, and future directions
  • Actively engage with faculty, researchers, and students across campus to understand their needs, build collaborations, and promote library services.
  • Identify software and tools and develop services supporting the discovery and management of research data.

Data preservation and repositories

  • Provide active curation (e.g., in accordance with FAIR data principles) for research data in NC DOCKS / UNC Dataverse institutional repository.
  • Assist researchers in meeting funders’ or publishers’ requirements for research data sharing by preparing and depositing research datasets in appropriate digital repositories
  • Facilitate and contribute to further development of data repositories and support adjacent services (e.g., PID, Crossref/ DOI, ORCID )
    Outreach and coordination with campus
  • Conduct outreach and promotion for the library and campus community on topics related to accessing, using, manipulating, and managing data
  • Participate and work collaboratively with faculty and staff in committees, task forces, and working groups in the library and on campus, especially those involved with research data services
    Instruction and consultation
  • Develop and deliver instructional programming and workshops on data-related topics and tools
  • Create learning materials, documentation, and research guides in a variety of formats describing tools, guidelines, best practices, and services
  • Deliver one-on-one consultations to faculty, researchers, and students regarding research data needs, including assistance in finding, using, and preserving research data, including review of data management plans and development of grant proposals
  • Partner with liaison librarians to serve the research data needs of specific disciplines and support data-intensive instruction across the campus
  • Provide training to librarians and library staff on data related topics
    General library responsibilities
  • Provide in-person and on-call research help during scheduled Research Help Desk shifts, providing individual research assistance in person, by phone, email, and chat
  • Support the mission and strategic plan of Randall Library and as such engage and participate in library-wide meetings, committees, and decision-making
  • As a faculty member, participate in university and professional activities, including research, conference presentations, publications, service, and other evidence of scholarly activity
  • Keep current with developments in librarianship, particularly in areas related to research data services
  • Understand and promote Randall Library’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
  • Master’s degree from an ALA -accredited program, or other relevant advanced degree and relevant experience
  • Experience in an academic or research library
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data management practices, data curation practices, and preservation principles and practices

Preferred Education, Knowledge, Skills & Experience
  • Demonstrated understanding of the research processes used in a range of disciplines, with particular focus on the research lifecycle of data
  • Experience or demonstrated potential supporting researchers with data services, including review of data management plans, data discovery, and data storage
  • Familiarity with funders’ or publishers’ requirements for research data management and sharing
  • Working knowledge of open data sources for the discovery of datasets suitable for research or coursework
  • Demonstrated experience with research data curation best practices, including retrieval, preservation, and metadata standards
  • Background or experience indicating an ability to become proficient with data visualization and analysis tools such as D3.js, Tableau, NVivo SAS, SPSS, Python and R
  • Experience with data management and cleanup techniques and tools (e.g., OpenRefine, DMPTool, DMPonline, Git/GitHub, Open Science Framework)
  • Demonstrated teaching, instruction, or presentation skills for a range of audiences, including faculty and students
  • Experience with data repository platforms, such as Dataverse or DSpace
  • Knowledge of current issues in scholarly communication and publishing, research funding, Open Science, and discourses on reproducible research
  • Experience with grant writing
  • Demonstrated ability to establish strong rapport with multiple constituencies in order to effectively collaborate and build partnerships inside and outside of the library and university
  • Demonstrated strong service orientation and skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team environment
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated understanding of the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace

Primary Purpose of Organizational Unit

Academic Affairs is the central division for implementing the academic mission of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Through effective academic policies, practices, and programs, it provides leadership for excellence in teaching, scholarship, and creative work as well as service to local, regional, and global communities. William Madison Randall Library supports the University’s mission through the provision of information resources, services and programs relevant to the needs of its students, faculty and staff. It also serves as a rich cultural resource for the surrounding community and the region. To accomplish this mission, the library provides (1) diverse collections of informational resources in multiple formats and specialized technologies to enable the creation of new knowledge; (2) efficient access to those informational resources and technologies; (3) assistance and instruction in identifying, evaluating and interpreting information; (4) a safe and comfortable facility which stimulates intellectual curiosity and reflective thinking; and (5) programs that connect scholars and interested individuals with information and expertise to inspire lifelong learning. Scholarly Research Services provide guidance and support to UNCW faculty and graduate students who are conducting and disseminating research, scholarship, and creative works, with an emphasis on those using emerging technologies and techniques.

College/School Information

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to the integration of teaching, mentoring, research and service. Widely acknowledged for its world-class faculty and staff and continuously recognized at a national level for scholarly excellence and affordability, UNCW offers a powerful academic experience that stimulates creative inquiry and critical thinking and a community rich in diversity, inclusion and global perspectives.

A public institution with nearly 18,000 students, UNCW offers a full range of baccalaureate- and graduate-level programs, as well as doctoral degrees in educational leadership, marine biology, nursing practice and psychology; and many distance learning options, including clinical research, an accelerated RN-to- BSN program, an Executive M.B.A. program structured for working professionals, and the nation’s only bachelor’s degree program focused on coastal engineering.

The university’s efforts to advance research and scholarly activities have earned UNCW the elevated designation of “Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity” institution (R2 University) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

UNCW has been part of the University of North Carolina System since 1969

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington ( UNCW ), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Special Notes to Applicants

To receive full consideration, please be sure you have completed the ‘Work History’ section of the application before you apply for this position.

Also, please provide a cover letter that describes which specific skill set you are interested in and your work experience that will support being successful in this role. Three or more professional references are required.

For more info/to apply visit Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.

Months Per Year
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Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of 3 Professional References
Optional Documents Posting Specific Questions

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  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity with UNC Wilmington (2021)?
    • UNCW Website
    • UNCW Facebook Page
    • UNCW Linkedin Page
    • UNCW Twitter Account
    • UNCW Employee Referral
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Craiglist
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    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Glassdoor
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • Hispanic Outlook
    • Indeed
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • North Carolina Job Network
    • Women In Higher Education
    • Other
  2. * Do you hold an ALA-Accredited Masters' Degree in Library and Information Science?
    • Yes
    • No