Data Librarian for the Health Sciences
Yale University Library
New Haven, CT
Requisition:  48291BR

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: In an ever-changing, data-intensive environment, the Data Librarian is an enthusiastic, user-centered individual who will be responsible for the design of the library's data support program, working collaboratively with others at Yale involved in data education and policy. This position reports to the Assistant Director of Research and Education Services and is a member of the Research and Education Team.

Through consultation and collaboration, the Data Librarian works to enable faculty, students, clinicians and researchers to leverage data resources to the fullest, providing information on acquisition and management of datasets for biomedical, clinical, and health sciences research. Increases the visibility and usability of data resources through research consultations, workshops and course-integrated instruction, online research guides, and outreach efforts. With an understanding of best practices and knowledge of a wide range of datasets and information resources, the librarian identifies the data needs of the Yale biomedical community. The librarian develops and provides training, instruction and strategies to best use data resources and tools. The incumbent supports the discovery, use, and management of locally created and externally available data.

The Data Librarian will serve as the in-house expert for staff and users on the research data management cycle, collaborating closely with the Biomedical Research Support librarian and other librarians involved in data at Yale. The librarian helps researchers manage their data, navigate Yale University's available data landscape, and adhere to federal or other grant funding agencies' data management and public access policies and requirements. Serves as a primary liaison between the Library and data groups within the Medical Center and is pivotal to defining and expanding the Library's role in supporting innovation in data services, including biomedical informatics and precision medicine. The Data Librarian will advocate FAIR Data Principles, the library's role in addressing research reproducibility, and will be knowledgeable about appropriate discipline-specific health sciences repositories. The Data Librarian will coordinate the Medical Library's data policies and evaluate and promote data tools and services.

This librarian is a member of the Research Data Consultation Group, and develops relationships with campus groups, including the Yale Center for Biomedical Data Science, Yale Center for Analytical Sciences (YCAS), and Joint Data Analytics Team (JDAT), concerning issues of managing, curating, visualizing, analyzing, sharing, and preserving research data. Participates in outreach and research/instruction program planning and implementation for the Medical Library. Participates in Yale Library planning, committees, and task forces, and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities. Participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of Yale's research support services and collections. May represent Yale to state, national, and international data organizations.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  *   Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school. In selected instances, a degree in a related field such as informatics, data science, health sciences or statistics may be substituted for a master's degree in Library Science.
  *   Demonstrated understanding of the research process used in biomedical and health sciences with particular focus on the research lifecycle of data. Demonstrated ability with biomedical data resources and tools used in medical education, biomedical research, and clinical practice.
  *   Demonstrated ability with data management best practices and familiarity with requirements from funding agencies and scholarly publishers.
  *   Knowledge of metadata standards and data archival procedures.
  *   Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability
  *   Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to conclusion in a timely fashion. Ability working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and dynamic team environment.

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Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Two years of professional experience working in an academic health sciences or biomedical library or affiliated clinical/research environment. Knowledge of statistical and spatial software for data analysis and visualization and experience with online and network-based information systems. Public services experience and training, preferably in a health sciences library setting

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world's leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers.  For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library's web site<>.

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country's great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.


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