Data Services and Visualization Librarian

May 10, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Stanford University

Data Services and Visualization Librarian

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Data Services and Visualization Librarian

Stanford Medicine is seeking a full-time Librarian 3 to support the data management and visualization needs of faculty, students, and staff. Working in a fast-paced data rich environment, the Data Services and Visualization Librarian will work with researchers across Stanford Medicine to effectively manage, synthesize, and apply various forms of digital data. Stanford Medicine is leading the Precision Health revolution through a collaboration that joins fundamental research, biomedical breakthroughs, data science, engineering, business, design, technology, and patient care. This position will help transform how we approach health while realizing the Precision Health vision.

Reporting to the Director for Research & Instruction, the Data Services and Visualization Librarian is a core member of the Research & Instruction team at the Lane Medical Library & Knowledge Management Center. This position will work closely with the other Research & Instruction librarians to provide consultations, systematic reviews, data extraction support, and data management training for Stanford Medicine faculty, students, and staff.

The Data Services and Visualization Librarian will fully participate in Lane Medical Library's instructional programs, assist in the design and creation of new instructional materials, develop and teach classes related to data usage, best practices in data visualization and display, emerging technologies, and bibliographic management tools. This position will also provide research reference services and collaborate with faculty and students to perform online database searches, consult on copyright, and other scholarly communications topics.

Duties include:
  • Provide expert searching and data analysis in support of research projects, systematic reviews, bibliometics, and patient care.
  • Develop and leads instructional sessions and outreach focused on management, interpretation, analysis and visualization of varying forms of data.
  • Work with the Director for Research and Instruction on the creation and implementation of data fluency initiatives targeted to the hospital, School of Medicine and Stanford related institutes and centers.
  • Investigate the feasibility of providing new services in support of population health activities and/or data sharing and makes recommendations to senior leadership.
  • Provide liaison support for faculty, staff and students to designated departments and centers.
  • Provide end-user training. Participate in Lane's Instructional Program by developing and offering web-based training tools or tutorials and in-person classes and workshops.
  • Select library materials and information resources around nursing, health research policy, translational medicine and related disciplines, including responsibility for collection management and preservation decision-making.
  • Make recommendations for the upgrade of electronic and manual resource tools. Participate in the evaluation, modification, and development of software, online databases or digital resources.
  • Collaborate with library faculty and staff across the libraries on research, teaching, and data related projects.
* - Other duties may also be assigned
  • An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree, or, a Master's or higher degree in Public Health, Statistics or relevant data intensive discipline
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the field of epidemiology and/or health statistics
  • Experience in one or more of the following areas: bioinformatics, programming languages (e.g. R or Python), data curation, data visualization or similar skill sets
  • Knowledge of current metadata standards and ontology development
  • Ability to think creatively and identify new areas of library service across the institution
  • Advanced level of searching competence
  • Demonstrated teaching ability using a variety of educational pedagogies
  • Ability to work as part of a small, highly collaborative team
  • Ability to easily network and influence both internally and externally across the organization
  • Capacity to meet expectations in a changing environment
  • Flexibility while influencing others to improve processes and implement changes
  • Experience executing systematic reviews, meta-analysis or related research projects
  • Certified Data or Software Carpentry Instructor or similar program training
  • Experience with Covidence, DistillerSR, Revman or similar data management programs
  • Previous experience working in a health sciences library

Advanced Degree in Library Science or a relevant academic discipline with demonstrated understanding of academic libraries and five years of experience in a relevant library setting with evidence of capacity to work at a high level of responsibilities or a combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Deep understanding and engagement with the range of library operations, trends and practices.
  • Evidence of professional contribution and achievement beyond the library may be expected at this rank.
  • Demonstrated success in engaging with colleagues across the University and beyond in a collaborative and construction fashion.
  • Ability to manage projects, develop policies or drive library initiatives across functional lines.
  • Ability to interact with internal or external developers to evaluate and recommend modifications of software, online databases or digital resources. Understanding of software development life cycle and ability to interact effectively with staff engaged in software development.
  • Demonstrated success in independently performing complex job functions such as collection management reviews, preparation of major exhibits, developing policies for business practices.
  • Evidence of engagement in relevant professional or academic communities.
  • Consistent display of excellent verbal and written communication skills, including strong presentation skills.
  • Constantly sit, perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently twist/bend/stoop/squat, grasps lightly/fine manipulation, grasp forcefully, sort/file paperwork or parts, lift/carry/push/pull objects that weigh up to 10 pounds.
  • Occasionally stand/walk, reach/work above shoulders, writing by hand, kneel/crawl, climb (ladders, scaffolds, or other).
  • Rarely use a telephone, operate hand controls.
  • Must be able to push and maneuver a fully-loaded cart weighing up to 650 pounds that requires an initial push force up to 50 pounds.
*- Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.


May work in confined spaces and at height 4/10 feet; be exposed to dust and mold; work extended hours, evenings and weekends.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors bases on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

Job: Library

Location: School of Medicine
Schedule: Full-time
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Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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