Social Science Data Librarian

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Created: March 29, 2014


Responsibilities:  The Social Science Data Librarian will collaborate with social science subject liaison librarians to provide expert support for faculty and students working with geospatial, numeric, and other data. Such support may include instruction in methodologies and tools, especially those related to Geographic Information Systems (GIS); development of dataset collections; and analysis and visualization of data. Reporting to the Head of Liaison Services for Collections and Research Support, this new position is part of the Liaison Services Department and will serve as an important member of a dynamic and collegial team of subject and functional specialists committed to providing outstanding service in the areas of instruction, outreach, collections, and research support. The position will work closely with the Coordinator of Research Support Services to provide general research support and data-related services across campus.  The position offers the opportunity for extensive collaboration with faculty and graduate students, exciting possibilities for involvement in emerging academic programs, and significant potential for creativity and innovation.


Required –
  • ALA accredited masters degree
  • Degree in a relevant subject area with concentration in GIS or significant experience relevant to the position
Preferred –
  • Demonstrated experience using and applying GIS in a library environment
  • Demonstrated familiarity with ArcGIS and Microsoft Excel software
  • Recent experience using GIS software, including ESRI software products
  • Experience building GIS web services
  • Knowledge of map and geospatial resources
  • Experience creating and maintaining appropriate geospatial metadata
  • Experience with the preservation of geospatial data
  • Experience with data visualization tools, software and concepts as related to geospatial information
  • High degree of computer literacy
  • Interest in emerging technologies
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as collaboratively
Salary: $58,000 – $62,000 expected hiring range, depending on qualifications.  Comprehensive benefits package; choice of retirement programs including TIAA-CREF; tax-deferred annuity program available; release time to take a class up to 3 hours/week; no state or local income tax.

Library Information:  The UH Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Hathi Trust, the Council on Library and Information Resources, the Digital Library Federation, and the Texas Digital Library.  The campus libraries provide access to over 3.1 million volumes.  Total staff includes 69 professionals and approximately 135 support staff.  Additional information about the University Libraries is available at

The UH Libraries’ Strategic Directions document focuses on targeting services to specific user groups, reimagining library spaces, improving outreach, and increasing national recognition.  Further information and the complete document are available at: .  The Strategic Directions support an ambitious set of goals adopted by the University and further the Tier One effort (  We seek to recruit librarians who can relate their work to these strategies and understand their role in advancing these strategic imperatives.

General Information:  The University of Houston campus comprises 13 colleges and schools offering close to 80 degree programs with an enrollment exceeding 40,000 students, 7,200 of whom are enrolled in graduate studies.  Reflecting the multicultural community of metropolitan Houston, UH is one of the most ethnically diverse research university campuses in the nation.

Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, offers all the cultural and recreational opportunities of a great city and is within easy reach of the Gulf of Mexico.  It enjoys a very reasonable cost of living and was selected by Forbes as topping the list of America’s coolest cities (

For additional information, including information about Houston's flourishing arts scene and entertainment offerings, please see:  For information about housing and living in Houston see:

Application Deadline:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send letter of application, names of 3 references, and resume to Damon Camille, Training, Assessment, and Statistics Coordinator, University of Houston, 114 University Libraries, Houston, Texas 77204-2000.  Applications may also be submitted by email to: .

Potential applicants seeking further information should contact John Lehner, Associate Dean for Personnel, Planning, and Systems, at 713-743-9801 or .



Published: Saturday, March 29, 2014 01:11 UTC

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