The Data Curation Librarian will build on e-Science training initiatives and
support new emphases and directions in liaison librarian assignments at the
University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This new position will lead new
initiatives in data curation and work collaboratively on new research
initiatives and campus technology innovation.

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communication, the
data curation librarian will: strengthen the University's capacity to secure
highly competitive grant funding; contribute to the development of long-term
data management infrastructure; assist faculty in the discovery of relevant
existing data sets and other information; serve as a PI, co-PI or grant team
member on externally funded projects; and engage in research and professional
activity at the national and international level. The librarian performs data
management planning with PIs and researchers, serves as a consultant with
researchers on research data issues, and trains researchers on the use of
digital research and publishing tools, including UT's Trace digital

The successful candidate will perform outreach and facilitate communication
between the Libraries and research groups at UT. The librarian is a member of
the Research and Scholarly Services department and a Learning, Research, and
Collections liaison. As such, the incumbent is responsible for learning and
engagement, research and scholarly communication, and stewardship and
collections activities in assigned liaison areas. The Data Curation Librarian
is responsible for building strong relationships with administrators, faculty,
students, and staff on campus, within the Libraries, and beyond the
university. Depending on qualifications and experience, the incumbent may be
responsible for supervising library faculty and/or staff.


Assist faculty with development of data management plans for grant
applications and general data stewardship

Working closely with other liaison librarians, incorporate support for data
management, citation, and preservation into library services

Maintain an awareness of emerging trends and best practices in e-science, data
curation, and e-scholarship in all disciplines.

Develop services to enhance access to data.

Maintain awareness of subject or disciplinary repositories of potential
interest to the UT research community

Maintain awareness of tools and algorithms for computationally centered, data-
driven science (data mining, visualization, text mining, etc.)

Actively participate in university-wide initiatives to develop and design
policies, services, and infrastructure to enable faculty and students to
preserve and make available their research data

Partner with internal units (such as Digital Initiatives, Learning and
Outreach, and Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library) and external units
(such as Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, Office of
Information Technology, and Center for Information & Communication Studies) to
implement data management and publishing services and workshops

Required Qualifications:

ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and/or Information Science, or
doctorate in a relevant field.

Demonstrated knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to the life
cycle of research data

Familiarity with two or more commonly used repository platforms (Fedora,
DSpace, Dataverse, iRODS, etc.)

Strong commitment to public service and ability to work well with diverse
population of faculty, students, and academic colleagues

Strong communication (oral and writing), interpersonal, and presentation

Ability to initiate and manage collaborative projects and develop policies

Ability to think creatively in developing and promoting the use of library
services and collections through a variety of outreach efforts

Familiarity with funding agency requirements for data management plans

Familiarity with ISO 14721

Must be able to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working with research data and researchers (e.g. a combination of
academic work done in labs with research data, outreach work done with
researchers and faculty, digital repository work, etc.)

Second advanced degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics)
field or quantitative social science discipline

Experience with DSpace, Fedora, Dataverse, or iRODS

Experience with one or more of the following web technologies: HTML, CSS,
JavaScript, PHP, Perl, Python, Java

Experience with XML, XSLT, and relational databases

Instruction or teaching experience

Familiarity with at least one of the following metadata standards: Ecological
Metadata Language (EML), Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), FGDC/ISO 19115,

Ability to use various tools for metadata manipulation and scripting

Successful track record of collaboration with other campus units around
scholarly issues and/or technologies

Experience working on an externally funded project

Responsible conduct of research/research ethics training or certification

Experience with a statistical software package (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R)

Supervisory experience


The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of the state
university system. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and
service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each
student at the Knoxville campus -- through outstanding print and electronic
collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities
and technological resources.

The UT Libraries serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for
the university and community. We are a national leader in the creation of
regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though
our digital repository Trace; and through a rich history of designing
innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the
teaching/learning enterprise. The University of Tennessee Libraries is a
member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of
Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and
the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at
the state level with the other UT System Libraries as well as the libraries in
the Tennessee Board of Regents system.


Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement
plan or ORP (AIG Retirement, ING, TIAA-CREF) with nonrefundable contributions
paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life
insurance plans. Tuition remission is available for all
university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available
to dependent children and spouses of UT employees. Faculty
rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.

Application Procedures:

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to
hiring. Send cover letter addressing the above
qualifications, a current resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses,
and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Library
Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN
37996-1000. Application materials may be sent via email
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of applications will begin April 15, 2013 and will continue until the position
is filled. Qualified spring graduates are encouraged to

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and
admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex,
pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical
or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The
University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of
Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent
with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of
1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the
Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990,
The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate
on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and
activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

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Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination
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directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue,
Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or
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