Data and Business Librarian

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Created: April 24, 2015


Cowles Library is seeking applicants for the newly-created tenure-track position of Data and Business Librarian. The purpose of this position is to enhance knowledge and awareness of data literacy on campus, which includes the discovery, management and curation of data, as well as instruction in the methodologies for such. This position would support the data management needs of both student and faculty research.

Duties would include the following: Collaborate with other librarians on matters relating to the access and usage of data within the library; partner with faculty to develop course content and online tools using data sets; provide instruction on the use of statistical programs that support data-driven research; deliver services that support interdisciplinary teaching and research initiatives of the University; serve as a liaison to the College of Business and appropriate departments of the College of Arts and Sciences; provide reference and instruction services that support the Drake Curriculum; teach one-shot sessions and other teaching duties as assigned; responsible for selection and evaluation of resources to support the Data Analytics and related programs. Carry at least a 1 / 1 teaching load; teach courses, such as FYS or other appropriate data or general education courses.

Other duties include: Working with faculty and students who require support for research involving data (including but not limited to demographic and economic research), assistance creating and following data management plans required by funding agencies; serving on appropriate research teams that relate to data management; advancing and promoting access and availability of material through subject portals and other awareness services; maintaining and expanding the appropriate research guides (LibGuides) on the library website.

Requirements: Master of Library Science (MLS) or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program; knowledge of principles and practices of data management and curation, including experience working with datasets, both structured and unstructured; familiarity with business and social science research methodologies; experience with statistical software programs, such as R, SPSS and SAS; ability to work collaboratively across departments; demonstrated ability to monitor and enhance awareness of trends, resources, and developments related to data management and applications; demonstration of creativity and innovation in working in a rapidly changing environment; must have excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; ability for analytical problem-solving.

Preferred Qualifications: Teaching experience in the area of information and/or data literacy; relevant experience in an academic library; undergraduate or graduate degree in business, statistics, computer science, math or the social sciences; knowledge of Hadoop and experience with software programs like MATLAB, Stata, SQL, and NoSQL; experience in providing research assistance to faculty using data sets. Experience with data visualization practices. Demonstrated involvement in a data research project.


Published: Friday, April 24, 2015 20:15 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:42 UTC