Data Management Librarian

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Created: May 11, 2015


Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 8 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and  diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.

Research Data Services

The Research Data Services unit is responsible for providing in-person and virtual services to support the research data management needs of faculty and students at the University of Washington. Unit personnel advise faculty and students on finding and accessing data, data management planning, data sharing and reuse, as well as other elements of data curation. An institutional data repository is currently under development. A robust data curriculum is in place, offered to faculty, students and librarians. Research Data Services is a unit of the Reference and Research Services Division and reports to the Data Services Coordinator. Other units in the Division include Government Publications, Maps and Cartographic Services, and Microform and Newspaper Collections (GMM); Information Services; Media Center; Reference Services; Educational Outreach Services; and Research Data Services. Many of the subject librarians for disciplines in the Humanities, International Studies, Sciences, and Social Sciences are located in the Division.

The Position
The University of Washington Libraries seeks a creative and energetic librarian to provide leadership in the ongoing development and implementation of the research data curriculum. The Data Management Librarian works closely with subject librarians and other Libraries experts in identifying content and delivery, as well as collaborating with campus partners. The librarian implements, maintains, and continually evaluates the Research Data Services Communication Plan.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties

The Data Management Librarian develops and implements a data curriculum, and designs and conducts classes and walk-in workshops utilizing new modes and tools in providing guidance and instruction in the areas of data discovery, data literacy, and data management best practices for library staff and users. The librarian collaborates with faculty and other partners to integrate data management skills into the UW’s curriculum. The librarian implements and continually evaluates the Research Data Services Communications Plan to broaden programmatic reach and to keep the university community informed about policies and activities regarding data services. With other members of the Data Services Team, the librarian conducts needs assessments and measures instructional outcomes to ensure program effectiveness.


  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Minimum of two years post-MLIS experience in an academic library.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for teaching and developing user-oriented training and informational resources.
  • Demonstrated competence in using current technologies and multimedia tools in the creative design, enhancement and delivery of instruction.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively build partnerships and work collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and flexibility, and evidence of success in conceiving, implementing, and managing new programs and services.
  • Evidence of excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of the ability to handle multiple, complex projects simultaneously within established timeframes but with occasionally changing priorities and conditions with minimal supervision.

  • Familiarity with, and commitment to, the discovery, use, and management of data.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues, trends, and current applications of the role of data in research and scholarly communication.
  • Evidence of the ability to design effective assessments of student learning and use of the data collected to guide personal teaching and professional development.
  • Experience assisting researchers with data management planning.


$24,000 minimum at 50%. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.


Position will be at rank of Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.


Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.

Application Process
To apply for this position, please submit the following information to

Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources)
Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
Please use "Librarian Application" in the subject heading
Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space until interviews are conducted. Then, some application materials will be circulated.

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