Data Services Librarian
Position Number: 123563
Location: The Universities at Shady Grove, Rockville, MD 20850
Best Consideration Date: 04/29/2021
The Universities at Shady Grove (USG) is a regional higher education center of the University System of Maryland (USM) located in Rockville, Maryland, serving students from Montgomery County and the surrounding region. USG is an innovative partnership with nine public universities, providing access to approximately 80 high-demand undergraduate and graduate degree programs specifically selected to respond to the workforce needs of the county and region. The campus currently serves more than 3,500 students enrolled in day-time, evening, full-time and part-time degree programs. In 2019, the Biomedical Sciences and Engineering (BSE) Education Facility opened to expand USG’s degree and certification offerings in STEM fields, including health and life sciences, information science and technology, and engineering. USG’s four-building campus has the capacity to grow its enrollment to more than 7,500 students in the coming years. The Priddy Library is seeking an innovative and enthusiastic information professional to serve as the Data Services Librarian at the Universities at Shady Grove (USG). The successful candidate will lead the development and provision of the Data Management and Visualization Lab. Working closely with faculty, students and staff, the Librarian will build relationships in order to support research and teaching with a focus on promoting and providing data services for finding, manipulating, analyzing, visualizing and managing data. Through research consultations, classroom instruction, and other programming, the Librarian will help the Libraries meet curricular needs by increasing the visibility of available data-related resources and services. The Librarian will provide subject-specific data and visual literacy instruction, maintain strong relationships with faculty and students in assigned undergraduate and graduate programs, and enhance curricula and research innovation at USG.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Assist and provide guidance to
students and faculty with issues related to the research data
lifecycle. Identify software and tools and develop services
supporting the discovery, management, and visualization of research
data. Pro-actively participate in the development and oversight of
the Data Management and Visualization Lab, including overall
management of programs, hardware and software, and supervision of
student assistants. (40%)
Serve as library liaison for the
following programs: Data Science, Cybersecurity, Computer Science,
and Engineering. Duties include, but is not limited to, providing
data and visual literacies instruction, promoting services
available through the Priddy Library, supporting faculty research,
creating web and digital content, and developing and managing
collections in assigned subject areas. May assist in liaison
activities to other disciplines as needed. (25%)
Teach and support workshops on data
and visual literacies and related tools for a variety of audiences.
Provide general and specialized information assistance and research
consultations – in person, by phone, by e-mail and through chat.
Discover and implement innovative technologies to advance teaching
and learning, research, communication, collaboration, and
information literacy. Maintain a strong knowledge of current and
emerging trends, particularly in the areas of information literacy
instruction, assessment, and research methods. (25%)
Participate in UMD Libraries and USG
events. Participate in professional development activities and
provide service to the library community. (5%)
Assist with special projects and
programs as assigned. (5%)
Master’s in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education or from a master’s level program in library and information studies accredited or recognized by the appropriate national body of another country. Or an advanced degree in data science, GIS, statistics or related field, with relevant experience by date of appointment.
Experience providing reference and
research and/or technical assistance in an academic or special
library or research or computer lab.
Experience using electronic
Experience or demonstrated potential
to support students with information, data and/or visual literacy
Familiarity with data discovery,
analytical techniques and statistical methodologies.
Familiarity with local and national
data repositories, public data sets and data management plans.
Familiarity or experience indicating
an ability to become proficient with data analysis and
visualization tools such as SPSS, R, Excel, Tableau, GIS, Python,
Experience indicating an ability to
become proficient with data management and cleaning tools (e.g.,
OpenRefine, DMPTool, DMPonline, Git/GitHub, Open Science
At least two years of professional
experience in academic or research library or other research or
Experience with or aptitude for
working effectively and creatively with faculty and
A deep understanding of the research
data life cycle.
Knowledge of the research process and
evolving models of scholarly communication, open access,
institutional repositories, and other trends in information
Demonstrated knowledge of and
enthusiasm for the integration of new technologies into the
delivery of information services.
Familiarity with collection
Experience using digital and web
technologies in the delivery of library services.
Ability to work effectively with a
diverse and multicultural faculty, staff, and student
Flexibility, adaptability, and the
ability to work successfully in a complex, dynamic environment with
Strong commitment to public
Demonstrated understanding of the
value of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the
Excellent oral and written
Demonstrated ability to work well
both independently and collaboratively with colleagues, faculty,
and staff in a rapidly changing and dynamic environment.
A commitment to continuous
professional development through participation in local, regional,
and national forums.
Professional environment. Extensive
use of computers.
Please note this is not a permanent position. This position is classified as Professional Track Faculty (Contractual) position. This position is located in Montgomery County, Rockville, MD.
To apply for this position, please visit: https://ejobs.umd.edu/
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