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Research Data Librarian

Wesleyan University
Connecticut, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Aug 7, 2023

Job Details

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand.

Position Details
The Wesleyan University Library is an engaged partner in the academic and intellectual life of the campus. We work collaboratively to educate and promote the best use of information through inventive programming and outstanding collections.
Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Academic Services, the Research Data Librarian will provide leadership in establishing campus-wide connections and delivering support to meet the research and course-related data needs of faculty and students. They will serve as a contact point and advocate for scholarly communications issues, such as sustainable publishing practices and open data. They will also serve as a liaison to assigned subject areas in STEM , for which they will provide leadership on collection development, research support, and information literacy.

Wesleyan University fosters a robust intellectual environment for its fully residential students by offering abundant campus programming. Library staff work on-site to be part of this experience.

Responsibilities include:

  • Establish connections and actively communicate with stakeholders on campus and within the library to develop data and liaison services that meet the current and future needs of faculty and students.
  • Provide instruction and consultation on the creation, management, and sharing of research data, as well as important considerations related to scholarly communication.
  • Provide instruction and consultation on the use and understanding of STEM resources, concepts, and tools.
  • Work in consultation with faculty and library staff to evaluate and advise on STEM collection development, including coordinating a science library faculty advisory board.
  • Collaborate with library and campus colleagues on initiatives that support the success of Wesleyan students and faculty.
  • Contribute to the library’s initiatives towards diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Engage in professional development to maintain current knowledge of trends and changes in academic librarianship related to the position and in general.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned.

This position is required to work on campus.
(Relocation assistance to CT is available for those who qualify).

Minimum Qualifications
Graduate degree in a STEM discipline or library/information science, and at least 1 year experience working with science research data, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience Knowledge and understanding of the research life cycle, from data creation to organization, accessibility, distribution, and archiving Demonstrated understanding of scholarly communication trends, funder requirements, open access principles and practice, institutional repositories, and research impact measures Knowledge of data repositories for public and privately-produced data sets Knowledge of information resources used in STEM , including databases and journals Demonstrated inquisitiveness and enthusiasm for science education and research Excellent interpersonal and networking skills Effective communication and public presentation skills Strong user-service orientation and creativity within an academic environment Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact collegially with individuals of different backgrounds Ability to work infrequent evenings and weekends
Preferred Qualifications
Advanced degree in a STEM field Experience working in an academic library Experience working in library public services, including general face-to-face and online reference and consultative work Experience providing library instruction using critical information literacy concepts Demonstrated ability to establish services in partnership with academic and/or administrative departments Knowledge and understanding of how pedagogical innovations, technology, and scholarly trends are impacting library services, collections, and physical spaces
Special Instructions to Applicants
Position is open until filled. For full consideration please apply by September 15, 2023 when first review of applications will begin.
Additional Information
All offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of apre-employment background check screeningto the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Wesleyan University, located in Middletown, Connecticut, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, age, gender, gender identity or expression, national origin, marital status, ancestry, present or past history of mental disorder, learning disability or physical disability, political belief, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information or non-position-related criminal record. We welcome applications from women and historically underrepresented minority groups. Inquiries regarding Title IX, Section 504 or any other non-discrimination policies should be directed to Vice President for Equity and Inclusion, Title IX and ADA/504 Coordinator. Wesleyan University complies with the Clery Act and maintains records of campus crime statistics and security policies. Copies of Wesleyan University?s Clery Act Report are available on request and online at


Wesleyan University

Wesleyan University, founded in 1831, is a diverse, energetic liberal arts community where critical thinking and practical idealism go hand in hand. 

Our student body of approximately 3,000 undergraduate and 200 graduate students is housed on a beautiful 316-acre historic New England campus that offers the comfort of an intimate and collaborative learning environment supported by renowned faculty, cutting-edge facilities, and unique research opportunities.

With our distinctive scholar-teacher culture, creative programming, and commitment to interdisciplinary learning, Wesleyan challenges students to explore new ideas and change the world. Our graduates go on to lead and innovate in a wide variety of industries, including government, business, entertainment, and science.

At Wesleyan, we are all educators. We welcome your interest in Wesleyan's diverse, energetic community of employees who, by their creativity, innovative thinking, and generosity of spirit, help make Wesleyan a great place to work. In this energetic and inclusive community, our talented faculty and staff foster a liberal arts educational experience characterized by boldness, rigor, and practical idealism. Genuinely open-minded, intellectually curious, and mission-driven, our employees invest their impressive talents in fulfilling careers.

Wesleyan offers a broad range of growth and wellness opportunities—comprehensive health benefitsfitness incentives, generous paid time offretirement plansflexible work schedules, and educational benefits, including free employee access to Wesleyan’s Graduate Liberal Studies program and undergraduate tuition reimbursement for dependents of eligible employees. Benefits-at-a-Glance

Campus life affords employees countless opportunities to experience general-interest, academic, artistic, and athletic events. Our location in scenic central Connecticut provides easy access to Boston, New York, and the many other exciting and culturally rich destinations of New England. Few workplaces are like Wesleyan, and we welcome your interest in learning more about us.

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