Data Curation Librarian

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Created: February 11, 2011


Northeastern University seeks energetic, creative, and self-motivated individuals to join its newly re-energized, service-oriented, and forward-looking Library team.

Data Curation Librarian

Are you interested in applying your skills to a new area of information management and working alongside world-class researchers as you do so? Do you think about the future of libraries, open-access to research data, and digital repository services? If so, consider becoming our data curation librarian!

As part of the Digital Library Management department, the Data Curation Librarian provides a wide range of curatorial services, including data documentation, assistance with developing appropriate data management plans, and preparation of data for storage in Northeastern's digital repository service.

The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues in the Libraries andacross campus to play a leading role in ensuring Northeastern’s compliance with data curation mandates as well as promoting open access to Northeastern produced research data. He or she will be responsible for developing and maintaining a robust and integrated set of programs and activities that strengthen the Library’s role in supporting data-intensive research and researchers at Northeastern as well as meeting the secondary data analysis needs across all disciplines.

Qualifications for this exciting position include:

· MLS or equivalent degree.

· Additional Master’s degree or equivalent research experience in a relevant science or social science discipline.

· Minimum of 5 years experience working with research data and researchers (e.g. a combination of academic work done in labs with research data, outreach workdone with researchers and faculty, digital repository work, etc. )

· Good communication and interpersonal skills.

· Strong skills in collaboration and teamwork within an entrepreneurial academic environment.

· Strong service orientation and understanding of user needs. Desirable:

· Experience with relational databases.

· Knowledge of XML and metadata standards relevant to data.

· Knowledge of one or more scripting languages, i.e. PHP, Perl.

· Familiarity with major data resources, such as ICPSR, Census, etc.

Questions about this position or Northeastern’s digital library program should be sent to Patrick Yott at<>.

About Northeastern University

Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-worldexperience. The University’s distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit<>.

About Snell Library at Northeastern University

Snell Library is at the hub of campus intellectual life. The Library holds 967,000 volumes, 126,000 e-books, 35,000 electronic journals, and welcomes well over one million visitors a year. The Library provides award-winning research and instructional services, a pioneering multi-media content creation space, a very popular Meet the Author series, and is home to internationally-recognized special collections that document social justice efforts in the Greater Boston area. The Library has an ambitious vision to expand its digital initiatives, building on its institutional repository and digitization of special collections. Snell Library continues to break new ground in scholarly communications, interdisciplinary research, and the emerging field of transliteracy— the ability to read, write, and interact across multiple media formats. Snell Library leads the way in redefining library service in the 21st century.<>.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

To apply for this position, and to view job grade and salary information, please visit:

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

Patrick M. Yott Digital Library Manager Northeastern University Libraries 360 Huntington Avenue, SL270 Boston, MA 02115 p 617.373.4194 f 617.373.5409<>


Published: Friday, February 11, 2011 14:04 UTC

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