Data Services and Collections Librarian

San Diego
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Created: March 17, 2014


The Data Services and Collections Librarian is the leader within the UC San Diego Library for managing and providing data and statistical services, with a focus on social science data.  The position reports primarily to the Director of the Library’s Reference & Research Advisory Services Program with additional assigned responsibilities in the Library’s Collection Development & Management and Research Data Curation programs.

Responsibilities of the Position
  • Provides leadership for the management and implementation of data and statistical services and collections.
  • Serves as the specialist for dataset and statistical analysis for research assistance, assisting in person as well as virtual users and providing in-depth research consultations by appointment.
  • Conducts data and statistics reference training (new and ongoing) for other reference providers and facilitates library communications about data and statistics resources.
  • Selects and manages datasets, statistical materials in all applicable formats, and statistical software to meet curricular and research needs of the campus.
  • Participates in and provides feedback for data-related local and/or UC-wide collection management activities and projects, including assessment of holdings, de-accessioning and relocating materials as needed.
  • Engages with campus communities, providing a combination of targeted or specialized services, including instruction, for dataset and statistical software users.
  • Provides general reference and research services both in person and virtually.
  • Works with the Research Data Curation Program to develop data curation and repository services for social science collections.
  • Engages with campus partners to make digital scholarly work and data openly discoverable and accessible for the long term.
  • Partners with curation and subject librarians for data curation outreach to campus.
  • Serves as the Library’s liaison to ICPSR and DDI initiatives and represents the UC San Diego Library at pertinent meetings and conferences.
Required Qualifications
  • Professional degree from a library school or other appropriate degree or equivalent experience in one or more fields relevant to library services.
  • Experience providing numeric data services support in an academic setting.
  • Ability to download and transform data files to meet the various needs of users.
  • Proficient with social sciences statistical packages and software, such as SPSS, STATA, SAS, R.
  • Ability to develop effective relationships between the library and campus IT departments to further dataset management projects.
  • Experience providing reference service in an academic or research library serving similar clientele.
  • Superior organizational, analytical, and communication skills.
  • Candidate must have a strong commitment to excellence in service and be able to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
Desired Qualifications
  • Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in the social sciences.
  • Experience with GIS data and applications.
  • Experience in collection development activities in an academic library.
  • Experience with data curation in an academic environment.
  • Experience providing library instruction.

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