Social Sciences Data Librarian

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Created: June 4, 2014


Colby College Libraries invites applications for a Social Sciences Data Librarian, a new, full-time position in the Scholarly Resources & Services (SRS) group. The Colby Libraries seeks a candidate with knowledge and enthusiasm to raise campus awareness of data literacy (data curation, management, and preservation) with the potential to build library services for faculty and student research. The data librarian may assist faculty with development of data management plans for grant applications, assist with general data stewardship, as well as serve as a resource to library colleagues for data and statistical support. The librarian will serve as liaison primarily to departments in the social sciences or interdisciplinary subject areas, providing information literacy and research instruction, individual consultations, and collection development.

  • Graduate degree in library or information science from an accredited institution or equivalent is preferred; alternate education and experience may be considered
  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in the social sciences or sciences
  • Knowledge of data management, curation, and preservation principles and practices
  • Experience teaching information literacy and/or data literacy in an academic library
  • Experience with statistical software as well as data from governmental and private agencies
  • Familiarity with geospatial analysis
  • Excellent analytical, oral and written communication and presentation skills
  • Commitment to service in a liberal arts setting
  • Commitment to professional development
  • Flexibility, creativity, energy, and ability to work in a changing environment, and to work collaboratively as a member of a goal-oriented team
Position open July 1, 2014.

Applicants should address their materials to the chair of the Search Committee, Lisa McDaniels, and send the following electronically in PDF format to Stephanie Frost (
  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Graduate transcripts
  • Three letters of recommendation
Founded in 1813, Colby is the 12th-oldest private liberal arts college in the country. Highly selective, the college serves 1800 students. The 714-acre Mayflower Hill campus located in central Maine is near inland lakes, an hour from the coast, and three hours from Boston. Waterville and surrounding areas offer a reasonable cost of living in a beautiful setting. The Colby College Libraries are central to scholarship and a key part of the Colby academic program. There are three libraries with a professional staff of 13 librarians. A significant staff reorganization in 2012 resulted in the Libraries being poised for transformational change in the provision of services, instruction, and collections. The mission of the Scholarly Resources & Services group of seven librarians is to support faculty and student research in an innovative environment. Colby librarians are faculty without rank, eligible for sabbaticals and are expected to contribute to creative, scholarly, and professional activities, and to participate in library-wide and campus-wide service. For more information about the Libraries, visit

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