Data Services Librarian

Created: February 6, 2017


The primary responsibility of the Data Services Librarian is to serve as
the program lead to implement and promote novel, sustainable data services
throughout all stages of the research data lifecycle. The incumbent in this
position should strive to become the Libraries’ primary expert for the
technology required to support comprehensive data services initiatives,
including repositories and hosting requirements. S/he serves as the expert
on technology and tools to support University of Maryland researchers and
partners as they manage, analyze, share, communicate, and preserve their
research data. The Data Services Librarian must collaborate closely with
UMD Libraries’ staff to ensure Research Data Services are aligned with the
diverse needs of a broad variety of researchers, and s/he takes the
initiative to identify and support the technical needs of researchers as
well as suggest improvements and new services or workflows. The Data
Services Librarian actively participates in programs and projects in
Digital Programs and Initiatives, including but not limited to the
institutional repository (DRUM), digital publishing, and digital

Reporting to the Manager, Digital Programs and Initiatives, the Data
Services Librarian supports the collection, description, storage, and
assessment of data acquired or generated by researchers. S/he engages in
technical consultations with researchers to identify needs, provides
instruction in tools for data collection, description, analysis, and
exploration, and coordinates closely with both technical and non-technical
staff throughout UMD Libraries to deploy solutions for data management. He
or she helps cultivate partnerships and strengthen collaborations between
researchers, curators, technologists, and administrators.

**Required Qualifications/Education/Experience:**

* Proficiency with at least one programming or scripting language, such as
R, Python, JavaScript, or Ruby.
* Knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to use and archiving
of digital data.
* Familiarity with academic, research, or special libraries.
* Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited
institution of higher education by the start of employment, or an advanced
degree with two years relevant experience.
* Familiarity with institutional or subject repository systems such as
Fedora, DSpace, Dataverse, or comparable products.
* One year of prior work experience.
* Ability to use scripts or tools to extract and manipulate data from a
variety of sources, including web services and APIs.

For the full position description including preferred qualifications,
please go to

How to apply


Kate Dohe
Manager, Digital Programs & Initiatives
Digital Systems and Stewardship
University of Maryland Libraries
B0223 McKeldin Library
7649 Library Ln
College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301.314.2558


Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 16:09 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 16:09 UTC