Science and Social Science Research Data Librarian

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Created: July 31, 2012


Science and Social Science Research Data Librarian
Center for Science and Social Science Information
Yale University Library
New Haven, Connecticut
Rank: Librarian I – III

Departmental Focus

Reporting to the Director of the Science and Social Science Libraries, provides support in the discovery, use and management of locally created and externally available data; collaborates with subject librarians, GIS specialists, and StatLab staff to develop scalable, sustainable, and domain-appropriate data services in support of science and social science research at Yale; and may represent YUL to state, national and international data organizations.  Located at a consultation space in the Engineering classroom building and an office at The Center for Science and Social Science Information, works collaboratively with another Science and Social Science Data Librarian and is responsible for increasing visibility of available data resources through research support consultations, and other outreach efforts. Participates in research support and instruction program planning and implementation in the science and social science libraries and collaborates with other libraries and campus units.

Departmental Responsibilities

1.      Providing training and support in the discovery and management of locally created and externally available data, including numeric and geospatial data, and using associated software

2.      Identifying and acquiring data resources in the sciences and social sciences for use by the Yale community; reviewing licenses and contracts for appropriate terms of agreement in cooperation with electronic resources staff as needed

3.      Promoting the data resources and services provided by the Library through announcements, orientations and instruction, collaboration with subject-specialist librarians and other research staff in support of researchers

4.      Collaborating with others to develop scalable, sustainable, and domain-appropriate data services in support of science and social science research at Yale

5.      Advising Technical Services staff on receipt, processing and cataloging requirements for datasets

6.      Representing and acting as YUL’s liaison to state, national and international data organizations where appropriate

7.      Collaborating with other libraries and campus units including, Information Technology Services (ITS), Human Research Protection Program, and faculty, to investigate, develop and sustain programs to:
7.1.   make datasets created by Yale faculty and students available

7.2.   optimize functions for discovery and preservation of data and its associated metadata in library catalogs, data archives/repositories, cross-collection search engines, and similar systems

7.3.   develop and refine policies, guidelines, and/or best practices on data ownership, dataset version tracking, documentation of datasets for publishing, and related matters

7.4.   assist researchers writing grant-required data management plans

8.      Participating in research and instruction services in the Center for Science and Social Science Information

9.      Participating in library-wide committees as appropriate

10.  Participating in the Center for Science and Social Science Information and other science libraries’ program planning and implementation.

Required Education and Experience

Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited Library school. In selected instances, a post-graduate degree in a related discipline may be required or substituted for an MLS. Appointment to Librarian I  rank is limited to two years at which time it is expected that the individual will develop necessary requirements to meet expectations of performance at the Librarian 2 level.

Required Skills and Abilities

1.      Appointment at the rank of Librarian 2 requires a minimum of three years, and Librarian 3 five years, of relevant professional library experience and professional accomplishments appropriate to the rank.

2.      Demonstrated knowledge of statistical and spatial software for data analysis and with online and network based information systems. Familiarity with common metadata standards, e.g., DDI. Familiarity with principles of database design.

3.      Knowledge of or experience with  GIS data and software, such as ArcGIS. Familiarity with MATLAB, LaTeX, BibTeX and other specialized engineering related software. Familiarity with XML. Familiarity with data archival procedures.

4.      Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion; working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations; working independently with varied user groups in a complex organization and collaborate in a rapidly changing team environment.

5.      Strong public service orientation. Excellent analytical, organizational, management, oral and written communications, and interpersonal skills required.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Skills

1.      Familiarity with data visualization techniques.

2.      Experience providing public service and instruction in an academic research library setting. Undergraduate and/or advanced degree in engineering, math, science or social science.

3.      Reading knowledge of one or more Western European languages.


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.

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