Data Services Librarian
New York University
New York City
New York University Libraries is seeking an energetic, creative, and
knowledgeable librarian to support the needs of data-intensive research and
teaching at NYU and to provide vision and leadership as we continue to grow
our data services.
The Data Services Librarian position is a tenure-track position based in the
NYU Data Services. Data Services offers access to specialty software packages;
statistical, geospatial, and qualitative data analysis training and support;
and consulting expertise in the use of numeric, qualitative, and spatial data
for research, including data access, analysis, collection, data management,
and preservation. This position reports to the Social Sciences Coordinator/Co-
Coordinator of Data Services in the Collections and Research Services Division
of New York University Libraries.
The Data Services Librarian will bring substantive experience and leadership
to the NYU Data Services as we chart a course in creating and sustaining a
rapidly evolving set of services that meet our users' needs. She/he will
select, acquire, manage, and deliver licensed, free, and researcher-generated
numeric data collections to support campus research and scholarship; work with
subject specialists and technologists to facilitate access to data resources
across the disciplines; and play an instrumental role in the library's efforts
to design, implement, and optimize systems for management, discovery, and
access to data resources.
The incumbent will promulgate awareness of our resources and services among
faculty and students through outreach and liaison activities and in
partnership with other service providers; work closely with the Data Services
team and the Librarian for Geospatial Services to design and deliver data-
focused instruction, reference, and consultation activities; and serve as
NYU's official representative to ICPSR, the Roper Center, and others. In
collaboration with the Research Data Management Librarian, she/he will also
develop a service framework for working with researchers to manage their data
throughout the lifecycle, including preparation for archiving and
preservation. Depending upon the background of the candidate, she/he may also
serve as liaison librarian to one or more programs or departments, selecting
materials and providing services to support the research and teaching of
faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students in said areas.
The Data Services Librarian will participate in library-wide committees,
activities, and special projects, especially those involving new technologies
and data. The incumbent will develop and maintain awareness of data-centered
initiatives across the sciences, attending professional meetings, workshops
and conferences for training and continuing professional development.
● Minimum one graduate degree (master's level or higher) for consideration. A
second graduate degree will be required for tenure review. One of the two
graduate degrees must be an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
● Minimum 3-5 years of Data Services experience, including intensive
involvement with quantitative and/or geospatial data products and processes.
● Ability to articulate a vision of the services, infrastructure, and skills
required to support the data needs of researchers in an academic setting.
● Knowledge of public and proprietary resources for national and international
● Understanding of trends in data management throughout the research
lifecycle, including creating, processing, analysis, preservation, access, and
reuse of research data.
● Ability to work courteously and effectively with patrons and colleagues in a
collaborative team environment.
● Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
● Candidates must possess a strong public service orientation, demonstrate a
high degree of facility with technologies and systems germane to the 21st
century library, and be well versed in the issues surrounding scholarly
● Academic or professional experience in the social sciences, sciences, and/or
other fields utilizing quantitative methodologies.
● Demonstrated experience working across organizational boundaries and
managing complex stakeholder groups to move projects forward.
● Reference/consultation, teaching, and outreach experience in an academic
● Working knowledge of metadata standards related to the description, access,
and preservation of numeric data, such as the Data Documentation Initiative
● Experience acquiring data resources for a library collection.
● Experience helping researchers with data management planning.
● Basic familiarity with software for statistical, geospatial, and/or
qualitative analysis (e.g. SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, ArcGIS, Atlas.ti, NVivo).
New York University Libraries:
Libraries at New York University serve the school's 40,000 students and
faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU's
vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and
providing services to our 11 global academic centers and "portal campuses" in
Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. New York
University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the
OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries
participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia
University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan
Research Library Consortium. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan
go to http://library.nyu.edu/about/Strategic_Plan.pdf .
Salary/Benefits: Attractive benefits package, including
five weeks annual vacation. Salary is commensurate with experience and
To Apply: To ensure consideration, send CV and letter of
application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three
references to: Enrique Yanez, Director of Human Resources, New York University
Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to
[log in to unmask] CVs will be considered until the
position is filled.
NYU's Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting
qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity. NYU
is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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