Librarian for Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) Services

New York City
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Created: February 10, 2014


New York University Libraries seeks a GIS Services Librarian to support the research and teaching programs of the university using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology and resources. The incumbent will have responsibility for building and curating our emerging spatial data collection and for the provision of services in support of robust geospatial research across many programs and disciplines at NYU.

The GIS Services Librarian is based in Data Services, a joint NYU Libraries and NYU Information Technology Services (ITS) department that supports quantitative, qualitative, and geospatial research at NYU. Data Services offers access to specialty software packages, statistical, GIS, and qualitative data analysis training and support, and consulting expertise for many aspects of numeric, qualitative, and spatial data for research, including data access, analysis, collection, data management, and preservation.This position reports to the Co-Coordinator of Data Services in the Collections and Research Services Division of NYU Libraries.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with colleagues in Data Services, across the Division of Libraries, Information Technology Services, and across NYU’s Global Network University to provide access to spatial data collections. He or she will research and select GIS data resources, support spatial data preservation activities, and work with others to ensure that discovery tools and metadata standards are in place and maintained for NYU’s GIS collections. In addition, the GIS Services Librarian will participate in instruction and consultation activities related to the access, preparation, and use of spatial data by NYU patrons.

NYU subject librarians serve as partners in the educational mission of the University by establishing collaborative relationships with faculty; building and curating collections in relevant formats; providing and developing innovative services in support of research, teaching, and learning; and teaching research strategies in a variety of contexts. Additionally, subject librarians actively engage with faculty, publishers, and vendors to bring about changes in the system of scholarly publishing and communications.


  • Minimum one graduate degree (masters level or higher) for consideration
  • A second masters will be required for tenure review. One of the two masters degrees must be an ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent.
  • Minimum 3-5 years of relevant library experience, including intensive involvement with geospatial and/or quantitative data products and processes;
  • Ability to work effectively with patrons and colleagues in a collaborative team environment;
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
  • Candidates should exhibit a strong public service orientation, a high degree of facility with technologies and systems germane to the 21st-century library, and be well-versed in the issues surrounding scholarly communications.

Preference will be given to candidates with coursework in GIS or Geography and/or certification in GIS. Proficiency with the latest versions of the ESRI suite of GIS applications and/or other GIS applications such as QGIS, OpenGIS, and ERDAS is preferred, as is knowledge of metadata standards related to the description, access, and preservation of geospatial data including FGDC and ISO 19115. Knowledge of open source GIS applications is desired. Experience with data management planning is strongly desired.

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