GIS Library Resident

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Created: February 26, 2016


The University of Chicago Library seeks applications for a two year residency position to provide GIS services at the Library. The position, which will be situated in the John Crerar Library (medicine, biological sciences and physical sciences), will be interdisciplinary and work with all subject areas on campus.

Working closely with the Science Librarians and the Bibliographer for Geography, Anthropology and Maps, the GIS Library Resident will assess the needs of faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, researchers and staff at the University working in GIS, develop and deliver geospatial technology training, assist users with information discovery and data curation, provide research support and information dissemination, assist with access to information and digitized material such as historical maps, as well as identify and use applications for the visualization of geospatial data. The Library Resident will create and foster partnerships across the campus.

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 Resident Librarian 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
MLS or MLIS from an accredited school of library information science or an advanced subject degree in a relevant field; knowledge of GIS tools such as ArcGIS Online and desktop, Harvard WorldMap, GeoDa, QGIS; familiarity with metadata standards; demonstrated ability to communicate respectfully and effectively, and work well with colleagues and library patrons, individually and in groups; demonstrated ability to perform complex problem solving and decision making; demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate and implement projects; demonstrated strong commitment to professional development.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience in an academic environment; knowledge of scientific statistical methodologies; programming languages such as Python or PHP. 
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Applications received by March 31, 2016 will be assured consideration.

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