Libraries Job Description
The Science and Data Services Librarian ensures that faculty,
students and staff in the sciences, engineering and data science
have access to a suite of robust, effective and innovative library
services and collections that serve their scholarship, teaching
& learning needs. Evaluates current services, following
pertinent national academic trends in library services for the
sciences, engineering and data science, identifying new services
for implementation and improvements as necessary.
Leads developing and implementing a robust suite of data services
for faculty and students, including data management and data
visualization, in collaboration with the Science Center and Spatial
Analysis Lab. Leads workshops and develops online learning
materials on data, e-science, open access, and digital
Within Learning, Research and Technology (LRT), a blended
department of librarians, academic technologists, and spatial
analysis specialists shared between the Libraries and ITS, the
Science and Data Services Librarian will work collaboratively as
part of the Teaching, Learning and Research (TLR) unit in the
Libraries. All members of TLR participate in the Libraries’ full
range of in-person and virtual reference and research services.
Additionally, they engage in developing services and learning
spaces for the Libraries. TLR team members work collaboratively
with LRT, Libraries and ITS colleagues and are involved fully in
the activities of the Libraries.
Take appropriate actions to support a diverse workforce and
participate in the College's efforts to create a respectful,
inclusive, and welcoming work environment.
Liaison to the Sciences (35%)
Provides expert guidance to faculty and students in undergraduate
sciences, engineering and data science academic departments on
research methods and resources across multiple interfaces of
licensed databases and relevant internet resources. Develops online
learning content for the Libraries’ website, including digital
learning objects, subject and course resource pages and other
web-based tools and digital information services for assigned
liaison departments and as part of a team of teaching librarians.
Participates in the Libraries’ general reference service and
contributes to Zotero citation management software support
including individual assistance and group instruction.
Data Services (30%)
Leads the development, implementation and assessment of innovative
data services for the Libraries that are responsive to research
needs. Provides expert guidance to researchers in establishing data
management practices and in selecting appropriate tools and
technologies to help with analyzing and managing data throughout
the research lifecycle. Knowledgeable about current research about
data trends and activities, including available research tools and
resources. Supports faculty and students in creating data
management plans; developing preservation and storage plans for
research data; selecting and using data repositories for archiving
and sharing; and meeting funding requirements for data integrity
and access. Contributes to the development and management of data
collections by participating in selection, management, and delivery
of data resources. Collaborates with the Data Research and
Statistics Counselor from the Spinelli Center for Quantitative
Learning in supporting data based course projects, student
research, SURF, and senior thesis projects.
Collection Development (20%)
Collaborates with faculty in the sciences, engineering and data
science to select and evaluate materials in a variety of formats
that reflect current and developing curricular and research needs.
Develops and maintains knowledge of existing and developing modes
of scholarly communication and responds to the changing information
needs of students and faculty. Partners with the Head of Collection
Development to conduct collection analysis and collections use
Additional Responsibilities (15%)
Engages in continuous professional self-development and keeps
current with emerging library, educational technology, and digital
scholarship practices, methodologies, and technologies.
Participates in the work of the Libraries through service on
library-wide and Five College committees. Participates in library
wide teams, committees and working groups and professional
activities. Represents Smith College Libraries at conferences and
collaborates with national organizations in pedagogy,
librarianship, and emerging library practices.
Will include occasional nights and weekends. Performs related
duties as required.
All employees are expected to participate in the College's
efforts to create a respectful, inclusive, and welcoming work
Minimum Qualifications (knowledge, skills, education,
experience, certifications, licenses)
Master’s in Library Science, Information Studies, Education or
equivalent degree. At least 3-5 years teaching experience in a
library setting. Knowledge of current issues and trends in pedagogy
on the undergraduate and graduate level.
Experience working with individuals from diverse
Strong academic background in and/or knowledge of the sciences,
engineering or data science. Experience with evaluating and
selecting data sets and developing a data collection. Knowledge of
open access. Fluency in R, Python, and SQL. Experience developing
data visualization, machine learning, AI, and/or natural language
Experience in program development, assessment and piloting new
service models in libraries. A strong commitment to public service,
knowledge of current issues and methods of teaching research
literacy, experience with providing library reference and research
assistance to users, excellent oral and written communication
skills, and demonstrated ability to work flexibly, independently
and collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a rapidly
changing service-oriented environment. Excellent communication,
presentation, and interpersonal skills including customer service
orientation with ability to interact with diverse
Please attach BOTH a current resume and a cover letter in
order for your application to be considered for this position .
You may combine your resume and cover letter into a single file
or attach multiple files to your application, but BE SURE you have
provided all attachments BEFORE SUBMITTING your application.
You will NOT be able to attach additional files after you have
hit the Submit button.
Review of applications will begin
June 7, 2021
About Smith College
Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is one of the largest
women’s colleges in the country and is dedicated to excellence in
teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of
outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as
advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The
College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst,
Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of
Massachusetts Amherst. Students cross-enroll and faculty
cross-teach across the Five Colleges.
Smith College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer
and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color,
religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender
identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and
employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its
programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and
regulations. Women, minorities, veterans and individuals with
disabilities are encouraged to apply.