Data Services Librarian

Location
Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Posted
May 05, 2017
Ref
0810655
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Requisition Number:    0810655
Number of Open Positions:    1
Position Title:    Assistant Professor or Associate Professor
Other Title Information:    Data Services Librarian
Position Type:    Faculty
Organization:    219101 - UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES

Position Summary:    
The University of Alabama seeks a proactive, team-oriented, and innovative person to serve as the Data Services Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Assessment & Government Information, the Data Services Librarian will develop a robust suite of data services, including components of instructional support, that serve to bolster student and faculty research through the discovery, management, analysis, and visualization of data. The ideal candidate possesses strong research and analytical skills, as well as the desire to teach. The successful candidate will actively collaborate with liaison librarians to promote and integrate data services and data literacy into library instruction across the disciplines. They will also engage in outreach to academic departments toward the development of course-specific data service support for undergraduate and graduate students. Such support would involve both synchronous and asynchronous (e.g., LibGuides, video tutorials, etc.) educational programs covering a variety of topics including analytical/visualization software packages such as R, SPSS, Matlab, and Tableau, as well as geographic information systems such as ArcGIS. Additionally, the Data Services Librarian will work across the libraries to advance open data and deliver services that support those faculty engaged in data-intensive research projects. Working with the aforementioned academic departments, as well as non-academic departments, such as the university’s Office of Institutional Technology, the successful candidate will promote centers of excellence for geospatial and data visualization research. Internally, the Data Services Librarian’s skills in data analysis and visualization will be leveraged in support of those ongoing and special data-driven projects of the University Libraries administration. The candidate will work in a team environment and must have a willingness to engage in continual learning, development, and application of additional expertise through work-related experiences and professional development opportunities. Candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems that are typical of an academic setting. This position may also supervise staff and students as required, and perform other duties/functions as needed.

Ad Text:    

THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA LIBRARIES
Data Services Librarian

The University of Alabama seeks a proactive, team-oriented, and innovative person to serve as the Data Services Librarian. Reporting to the Head of Assessment & Government Information, the Data Services Librarian will develop a robust suite of data services, including components of instructional support, that serve to bolster student and faculty research through the discovery, management, analysis, and visualization of data. The ideal candidate possesses strong research and analytical skills, as well as the desire to teach. The successful candidate will actively collaborate with liaison librarians to promote and integrate data services and data literacy into library instruction across the disciplines. They will also engage in outreach to academic departments toward the development of course-specific data service support for undergraduate and graduate students. Such support would involve both synchronous and asynchronous (e.g., LibGuides, video tutorials, etc.) educational programs covering a variety of topics including analytical/visualization software packages such as R, SPSS, Matlab, and Tableau, as well as geographic information systems such as ArcGIS. Additionally, the Data Services Librarian will work across the libraries to advance open data and deliver services that support those faculty engaged in data-intensive research projects. Working with the aforementioned academic departments, as well as non-academic departments, such as the university’s Office of Institutional Technology, the successful candidate will promote centers of excellence for geospatial and data visualization research. Internally, the Data Services Librarian’s skills in data analysis and visualization will be leveraged in support of those ongoing and special data-driven projects of the University Libraries administration. The candidate will work in a team environment and must have a willingness to engage in continual learning, development, and application of additional expertise through work-related experiences and professional development opportunities. Candidate must also possess the ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems that are typical of an academic setting. This position may also supervise staff and students as required, and perform other duties/functions as needed.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an ALA-accredited institution or Ph.D.in the natural or social sciences. 
  • Ability to conduct outreach to academic departments.
  • Experience with conducting data-driven academic research. 
  • Experience with data management and/or visualization applications (e.g., R, SAS, SPSS, Matlab, Tableau, and ArcGIS) 
  • Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects.
  • Demonstration of ability, interest, and willingness to assume additional and/or new responsibilities, along with the ability to set and model high performance standards.
  • Ability to conceptualize, articulate, and implement short and long range goals.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member to solve problems, using sound judgment in decision-making according to an established timeframe.
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, along with skills associated with listening, negotiating, compromising, and adapting.
  • Proven interpersonal skills evidenced by the ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, students, and staff.
  • Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.
  • Ability to meet the requirements for tenure and promotion 
  • Commitment to conduct research and scholarship consistent with a tenure track faculty appointment; commitment to engage in continuing professional development.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Proven experience delivering services in the academic library environment.
  • Advanced degree in applied statistics, or a PhD in the natural sciences or social sciences. 
  • Experience with scripting languages (e.g., Perl, Tcl, and Python).
  • Experience with data mining.

ENVIRONMENT: The University of Alabama, The Capstone University, is the State of Alabama’s flagship public university and the senior comprehensive doctoral level institution in Alabama. UA enrolls over 37,000 students and is ranked in the top 50 public universities in the United States. UA holds the designation of a Top Fulbright Producing institution with 163 Fulbright Scholars as well as a top institution for Goldwater Scholars over the past ten years. In addition, UA has produced 15 Rhodes Scholars, 15 Truman Scholars, and is one of the leading institutions for National Merit Scholars (150 in 2015). Seven Pulitzer Prize winners are among the faculty ranks. Under the leadership of President Stuart Bell, UA launched a strategic planning process that includes an aggressive research agenda and an expansion of graduate education. UA is located in Tuscaloosa, a community of 95,000 residents in a metropolitan area of over 235,000. Tuscaloosa affords its residents with a vibrant economy, a moderate climate, and a reputation across the South as an innovative, progressive community with an excellent quality of life. Tuscaloosa provides easy access to mountains, several large cities, and the beautiful Gulf Coast.
The University Libraries maintains memberships in the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Digital Library Federation, centerNet, LYRASIS, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Network of Alabama Academic Libraries, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Alabama Digital Preservation Network. As a U.S. Government Documents Regional Depository, the UA Libraries serves Alabama libraries and the public. The University Libraries homepage may be accessed at http://www.lib.ua.edu
Prior to employment the successful candidate must pass a pre-employment background investigation.

SALARY/BENEFITS: 12 month tenure track faculty appointment at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, depending on qualifications. Salary is between $60,00-$80,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience. Strong benefits including professional development support and tuition fee waiver. 

TO APPLY: Applications are accepted online only at https://facultyjobs.ua.edu. Click Search Positions. University Libraries in Organization drop down box. Please include your application, Curriculum Vitae, and names, addresses, phone numbers, and e- mail addresses of three references, including one current supervisor.

Position open until filled. Applications received by June 5, 2017 are assured of receiving full consideration.

The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. Applicants from a broad spectrum of people, including women, members of ethnic minorities and disabled persons, are especially encouraged to apply.

UA EEO Statement    
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Search Initiation Date:    05/04/2017
Expected Starting Date:    08/01/2017
College/School/Division:    Libraries