Data Services Library Resident

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Created: February 26, 2016


The University of Chicago Library is seeking applications for a two-year post-graduate residency in Data Services with the foundational knowledge and leadership skills to develop data services at the University Library. Depending on the candidate's background, the position will be situated in the Joseph Regenstein Library, which houses the Library's humanities and social sciences collections, or the John Crerar Library for medicine, biological sciences and physical sciences.

The Data Services Library Resident will identify and implement strategies to meet the growing need for assistance with statistical databases; specialized software; data visualization; data manipulation analysis; media coding tools; qualitative data analysis, for example records of interviews and ethnographic field notes; and quantitative data, for example sky surveys. This position is contingent on the availability of funding. 

Working closely with others in the Library and on campus, the Data Services Library Resident will promote data resources and services; provide instruction, training, consultation, and outreach in finding, manipulating, analyzing, and managing data for use in research, teaching and grant proposals; participate in selection, acquisition, management, and delivery of data resources; collaborate with the Assessment Librarian to synthesize, analyze, and visualize Library data); and collaborate with the Institutional Repository Manager on relevant data management issues related to the depository

This is an exciting time to be providing leadership in Data Services at the University of Chicago. The Library is partnering with Information Technology Services and the Research Computing Center in the development of an institutional repository. There is an increasing focus on computational science across disciplines: e.g., the University offers a digital humanities sequence in the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities; the Center for Data Science and Public Policy is a joint collaboration between the Harris School of Public Policy and the Computation Institute; the Division of Social Sciences offers a masters in Computational Social Science; the Graham School offers a Masters of Sciences degree in Data Analytics; in addition, there are computational curricula in the Physical and Biological Sciences as well as the Computation Institute's Knowledge Lab, Urban Center for Computation and Data; Institute for Translational Medicine, Center for Health Statistics. Additionally there is an increased focus on data in the College.

The Data Services Library Resident will have opportunities to learn and develop professional skills and knowledge within the context of a highly integrated, collaborative, and centralized major academic research library through committees, professional development opportunities, and other activities.

The Residency Program
The University of Chicago Library's 2-year residency program is open to recent graduates of accredited library and information science programs; certain positions may also be open to holders of other relevant advanced degrees.

Residents are expected to bring foundational knowledge and skills related to a developing area of library services or technology. They should have an understanding of and interest in academic research libraries, and the potential to develop expertise and share their knowledge with Library staff. The Library is looking for candidates who can meet a specific need and show promise of future leadership. Appointments for two or more positions will be based on the best alignment of candidates and Library priorities.

The University of Chicago Library is a centralized organization with a highly collaborative, energetic staff. Each Library Resident will report to the hiring manager for his or her position and work with staff members across the Library as part of the primary assignment. The Residents will have opportunities for professional development and committee appointments.

Required Qualifications
Recent MLS or MLIS from an accredited school of library information science or an advanced subject degree in the social sciences, sciences, or other relevant field; experience using quantitative and/or qualitative data resources; teaching experience in a library or academic setting; knowledge of data management planning; basic familiarity with software for statistical and/or qualitative analysis (e.g. ICPSR, SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, ArcGIS, Atlas.ti, NVivo)

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Applications received by March 31, 2016 will be assured consideration.

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