Data Services Librarian

Sep 13, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


Posting Number: F001190 Academic Title: Data Services Librarian Rank: Librarian I, Librarian II, Librarian III Administrative Title: Data Services Librarian Discipline Libraries Specialty: Contract Type: Renewable Appointment (initial appt period) - 11/01/2017 - 10/31/2018 Required Licenses/Certifications and other Specific Requirements: Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search, Prior Employment Verification, Other Proposed Start Date: Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Position Description Summary:

The George Washington University is the largest research university in the nation's capital, located blocks from the White House, the State Department, the Federal Reserve, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. GW currently enrolls approximately 25,000 students, including 10,000 undergraduates, in ten colleges and schools at three campuses in the District of Columbia and Virginia. Over the past twenty years, the university has made remarkable strides, including consolidation of the main campus at Foggy Bottom; the establishment of a wide variety of new degree programs, both on-campus and off; the construction of a Northern Virginia campus devoted to graduate study and research in science and technology; and the acquisition of the beautiful Mount Vernon Campus in Georgetown with a focus on specialized undergraduate programs. Thanks to these developments, GW has attracted an increasingly high caliber of faculty and students. With faculty at the top of their fields, and partnerships with organizations locally and around the globe, GW remains a first-choice among students of political science, public policy, international relations, public health, and other disciplines. Under its current leadership, the university has magnified its support for science and engineering, including the construction of a new research facility and the recruitment of nationally recognized research faculty.

As the largest research university in the District of Columbia and a rising institution of higher education in this country, GWU has two obligations: to collect and create knowledge and make it available to the world, and to produce a steady stream of critical thinkers who know how to utilize knowledge to become leaders in whatever field they enter. These two obligations merge in the GW Libraries & Academic Innovation.

GW Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI) enriches the academic experience of scholars and students and spurs innovation at GW. Our resources and services advance research and teaching through access to the latest scholarship as well as rich archival sources; tailored support for researchers at all levels; guidance for faculty who want to explore new methods and technologies in the classroom; and robust support for online education. GWLAI fosters deeper collaboration between previously separate areas to forward the strategic goal of generating, making accessible, and preserving new knowledge.

The George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI) is seeking nominations and applications for a Data Services Librarian. The successful candidate will lead the development and provision of services in the discovery, use, and preservation of data. Working closely with faculty, students, librarians, and researchers, the Librarian builds relationships in order to support research and teaching with a focus on promoting and providing data services for finding, manipulating, analyzing, and managing data. Through research consultations, classroom instruction, and other programming, the incumbent will help the Libraries meet curricular needs by increasing the visibility of available data-related resources and services.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

The Librarian collaborates with internal units within the Libraries as well as external units including the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Division of Information Technology (DIT) and is the primary contact for data management support in GWLAI. The selected candidate will help researchers address relevant management issues related to the research data lifecycle including 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. They will also provide guidance to researchers in establishing data management practices and in selecting appropriate technologies to help with managing data throughout the research lifecycle.

The Data Services Librarian provides leadership among GWLAI staff to make sure that colleagues are aware of current research and data trends and activities, including available research tools and resources; and contributes to the development and management of Collections at the GW Libraries by participating in selection, management, and delivery of data resources. The Librarian will play an active role in the ongoing development and support of GW's institutional repository. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential to work with researchers, librarians, and campus partners to increase the accessibility and visibility of campus scholarship and to help cultivate an institutional culture that values openness.

Other responsibilities include service on library and university-wide committees and participation in local, regional, and national professional organizations. The Librarian in this position will contribute to GW's award winning first year writing and research instruction program, collaborate with our new STEMWorks Coordinator on STEM-related consultation services, and may supervise part-time graduate student statistics consultants. The position reports to a Director of Research Services.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited MLS in library or information science or other advanced degree with relevant experience by date of appointment.
  • Familiarity with data discovery, analytical techniques, and statistical methodologies.
  • Experience or demonstrated potential supporting faculty and other researchers with research that involves data services, grant proposal development, and data management.
  • Familiarity with local and national data repositories and data management plans.
  • Demonstrated understanding of scholarly communication trends, funder requirements, open access, repositories, and research impact measures.
Advertised Salary: Rank and salary are contingent upon qualifications. Other Benefits:

Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave plus 12 days per year paid sick leave; medical; TIAA/CREF; tuition assistance.

Other Information:

Desired Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with software for statistical or qualitative analysis, for example SPSS, Stata, SAS.
  • R, Atlas.ti, NVivo, GIS, or data visualization tools.
  • Project management experience, including planning, communication, and assessment.
  • Experience in working with technologies supporting the research data lifecycle.
  • Demonstrated understanding of issues related to scientific research and scholarly publishing, including workflows, transparency, and reproducibility.
  • Instruction experience.
  • Strong engagement in professional service and scholarship.
Special Instructions to Applicants:

To be considered, please complete an online application and upload a CV and a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications. Review of applications will begin on October 12, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent upon the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.

Department Link: Posting Close Date: Open Until Filled: Yes Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Posting Specific Questions
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
  1. * Will you have an ALA-accredited MLS in library or information science or other advanced degree with relevant experience by date of appointment?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Are you familiar with data discovery, analytical techniques, and statistical methodologies?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience or demonstrated potential supporting faculty and other researchers with research that involves data services, grant proposal development, and data management?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Can you demonstrate familiarity with local and national data repositories and data management plans?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. * Can you demonstrate an understanding of scholarly communication trends, funder requirements, open access, repositories, and research impact measures?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents