*DATA SERVICES LIBRARIAN*
*UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON LIBRARIES*
*Data Services Librarian*: The Data Services Librarian will collaborate
with subject liaison librarians across disciplines to provide expert
support for faculty and students working with geospatial, numeric,
statistical, and other data. Such support may include instruction in
methodologies and tools, especially those related to Geographic Information
Systems (GIS); analysis and visualization of data; and development and
promotion of dataset collections. Because campus demand for data-related
services is significant and increasing, the Data Services Librarian will
play a key role in expanding the UH Libraries’ capacity to provide these
services by providing data training to colleagues in the Libraries and
contributing to the development of innovative, collaborative service models
for the Libraries’ Digital Research Commons.
Reporting to the Head of Liaison Services for Collections and Research
Support, this position is part of the Liaison Services Department and will
serve as an important member of a dynamic and collegial team of subject and
functional specialists committed to providing outstanding service in the
areas of instruction, outreach, collections, and research support. The
position will work closely with several colleagues, including the
Coordinator of Research Support Services, the Head of Digital Research
Services, and the newly created positions of Director of the Digital
Research Commons and Digital Scholarship Coordinator to provide research
support and data-related services across campus. The position offers the
opportunity for extensive collaboration with faculty and graduate students,
exciting possibilities for involvement in emerging academic programs, and
significant potential for creativity and innovation.
Librarians hold academic rank pursuant to the University of Houston
Libraries’ Bylaws Document. They are expected to develop a record of
service, scholarship and professional involvement. The UH Libraries support
the ongoing professional development of librarians and our goal is to
recruit librarians committed to continuous learning.
*Qualifications for Data Services Librarian*
● Significant experience with data-intensive research, including
familiarity with methodologies and tools for data analysis and visualization
● American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master’s degree
● Excellent oral and written communication skills.
● Ability to work in team-based environment, both within the
Libraries and with faculty, staff, and students
● Demonstrated experience using and applying GIS in a library
● Experience teaching data-related skills and tools
● Knowledge of scripting languages used with data-intensive research
such as Python or R
● Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects involving
many stakeholders simultaneously
● Experience designing, implementing, and assessing models for data
● Experience working on grant-funded research projects
● Familiarity with a variety of data sources
*Salary:* $58,000 to $60,000 expected hiring range, depending on
qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement
programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available;
release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income
*Library Information:* The University of Houston Libraries’ Digital
Research Commons will offer services, tools, and technologies to support
collaborative scholarship and research across disciplines. By leveraging
the expertise of the Libraries and cultivating partnerships with other
campus research support units, the Commons will collaborate with faculty,
researchers, staff, and advanced students from research conception to
preservation, by providing data management, data documentation, research
publishing and sharing, and data preservation services.
The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the
Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, the Council on Library and
Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas
Digital Library. The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million
volumes. The University Libraries’ total staff is 160, including 62
professionals. Additional information about the University Libraries is
available at: http://info.lib.uh.edu.
The UH Libraries’ *Strategic Plan 2017-21 *focuses on quality collections,
research productivity, student success, and transforming library spaces. The
complete document is available at: http://info.lib.uh.edu/strategic-plan .
The Libraries’ *Strategic Plan *supports an ambitious set of goals adopted
by the University and furthers the drive for flagship status:
http://www.uh.edu/about/mission/ . We seek to recruit librarians who can
relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in
advancing these strategic imperatives.
*General Information: * The University of Houston campus comprises 14
colleges offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment of over
40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies. Reflecting
the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most
ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation. We
whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to
diversity and excellence.
The University of Houston is a nationally prominent research university.
Researchers are making new demands on available resources, seeking new
funding sources, exploring new modes of scholarship, and generating and
managing a vast array of research data. By aligning UH Libraries’ expertise
and resources with these evolving research agenda, the Libraries can
significantly impact the success of campus research, preserve and expand
access to scholarship at UH, and document research excellence.
Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the
cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy
reach of the Gulf of Mexico. It enjoys a reasonable cost of living and was
selected by Forbes as topping the list of America’s coolest cities:
For additional information, including information about Houston's
flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see:
http://www.visithoustontexas.com/. For information about housing and
living in Houston see: http://www.houston.org/living/index.html.
*Application Deadline: *Applications will be accepted until the position
is filled. Applications should be submitted at:
Please also visit the University of Houston Libraries Employment page for
more information: http://info.lib.uh.edu/about/employment
*Appointment to this position* is contingent on the results of a completed
criminal history records investigation*.*
Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John
Associate Dean for Resource Management, at 713-743-9801 or [log in to unmask] .
*THE UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION
EMPLOYER. MINORITIES, WOMEN, VETERANS AND PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES ARE
ENCOURAGED TO APPLY. *