Harvard Library is seeking a creative and self-motivated individual to help define and launch research data services focused on science and engineering. The Research Data Management Librarian for the Sciences (RDML) will help develop and coordinate research data management services with the office of the Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovation. New outreach and programming developed by the RDML will demonstrate an understanding the research landscape, the role of campus partnerships, and the capabilities and limits of library support. The RDML will work with relevant stakeholders in developing policies, guidelines and workflows of data management services to ensure good research practice, protection of intellectual property, proper storage and security of research data, compliance with relevant regulations, and appropriate access to research data. The RDML for the Sciences reports to the Director of Science and Engineering Library Services.
Harvard Library is launching a team-based approach to supporting faculty and student needs in science and engineering. As part of this new framework, the new Cabot Science Library, opened in Spring 2017, includes video studios, multimedia production facilities, collaboration spaces, an active-learning classroom, and a dynamic space called the Discovery Bar. The RDML participates actively in the intellectual life and administrative activities of the Harvard Library, serving on committees, working groups, and other activities promoting the President’s vision of “One University,” and is expected to participate fully in librarianship, outreach, and library instruction.
Harvard Library has come together to develop university-wide policies for collections and user services in support of research, teaching, and learning. The Harvard Library is building on its leadership position, established through its extraordinary collections, to grow in new ways which revolutionize the engagement of library staff in research, teaching, and learning.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), the largest division of Harvard University, is dedicated to being at the forefront of teaching and learning and fostering cutting edge research and discovery. The FAS Libraries constitute the largest sector of the Harvard Library, including 11 million of the combined 20 million volume holdings of the full Harvard Library system. FAS librarians support teaching and learning for Harvard College’s 6700 undergraduate students and 4000 graduate students.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Learning and Teaching:
Coordinates ongoing training and support for library staff on research data management fundamentals and services.
Provides research support through one-on-one consultations, topic-specific reference (virtual and in person), and online instructional materials.
Research, Scholarship, and Outreach:
Applies a deep understanding of the complexities of research workflows and grant management to foster relationships with students and faculty throughout the sciences and engineering.
Engages in outreach for areas including intellectual property, copyright, data management and dissemination, and scholarly communication.
Connects and collaborates with colleagues in science librarianship as part of the Science Libraries Council.
Participates in Harvard Library committees, working groups, meetings, and events.
Represents Harvard through active participation in relevant national and international professional and scholarly organization.
Hires, trains and supervises graduate and undergraduate student assistants as needed.
Advanced degree in library science, information science and/or science or related fields required.
Three plus years of work experience relevant to the position
Expertise on data management practices, data policies, sharing and reuse, data citation, stewardship, and digital preservation including relevant software tools
Experience managing issues and developments in scholarly communication, and discipline-specific expectations for science and engineering (e.g. grant supported research)
Experience with statistical analysis tools and methods for qualitative and quantitative research
Experience in information management or working with data in a research context in science or engineering disciplines
Advanced degree in science and/or engineering
Undergraduate degree in a science-related field
Experience supervising staff and/or graduate students
Experience in working with vendors and software developers
Prior experience with coaching / training peers and colleagues
Ability to learn new technological tools and techniques continuously
Experience with current technologies and standards used in institutional repository systems and metadata
Ability to communicate effectively with researchers, faculty and students in STEM fields
Strong organizational skills
Ability to work in a matrix environment
A commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population.
This position will be posted until filled however applications will begin being considered on June 8, 2018.
Founded in 1638, Harvard has a rich legacy of libraries that continues into the 21st century. In total there are over 70 libraries at Harvard that comprise the Harvard library system, with combined holdings of over 19 million items, including 900,000 e-journals, e-books and other e-resources.
More than 12 million of the Harvard Library items are part of the collection of a centrally administered unit within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that is referred to as the Harvard College Library (HCL). It is comprised of Widener, Lamont, Birkhoff Mathematical, Cabot Science, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Fine Arts, Harvard-Yenching, Houghton, Loeb Music, Physics Research, and Tozzer libraries and the Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Map Collection, and the Harvard Theatre Collection.
The School of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences serves 1,227 faculty, 4,000 graduate students in 55 degree programs, 6,800 undergraduate students in over 45 fields of study, and is part of Harvard University with 21,000 students university-wide.
The Harvard Library holds membership in Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Council on Library and Information Resources, and Digital Library Federation.
Formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
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