Data Analysis Librarian

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Created: October 17, 2018


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries invites applications for the position of Data Analysis Librarian in the Digital Research Services department.

The Data Analysis Librarian will further the goal of the University Libraries to support scholars during each stage of the research life cycle. The successful applicant will provide data-related services to support research using quantitative methods. Services will focus on assisting a diverse audience of scholars with collection or creation, processing, and analysis of data. The Data Analysis Librarian will refer or work with others in the Library and with Library partners to support visualization, preservation, access, and reuse of data.

The Data Analysis Librarian will provide research support and introduce cutting-edge data analysis tools and methodologies to users of the Davis Library Research Hub, where technology experts work as a team to support scholars with research and teaching. Research Hub staff members provide an inclusive, respectful, and responsive service point, work collaboratively to meet exciting research challenges, support learning communities, and introduce and facilitate the use of innovative technologies through consultation and instruction. We are seeking a creative and analytical individual who enjoys variety in their work, thrives on working with others to solve challenging data-related problems, and is committed to lifelong teaching and learning of technical skills.

The Data Analysis Librarian:

  • Uses advanced skills with data cleaning/wrangling/normalization, regular expressions, web scraping, and APIs to support and collaborate with researchers on data-related research.
  • Works collaboratively with others in the Library and with Library partners such as the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science to meet scholars’ needs at each stage of the research data lifecycle.
  • Identifies, evaluates and recommends new and emerging research tools and methods for the Libraries and UNC research community.
  • Works consistently to enhance technical skills and develop proficiency with new data analysis tools and techniques.
  • Develops services in response to needs of diverse populations served, current trends, campus needs, and Library priorities.



  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science, or related advanced degree.
  • Coursework in statistics, and knowledge of statistical methods.
  • Strong customer service orientation and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated advanced data skills, including data cleaning/wrangling/normalization, using regular expressions, and web scraping.
  • Demonstrated experience with data analysis tools such as R, STATA, SPSS, and SAS.
  • Proficiency with at least one programming language (such as Python, Java, or R).
  • Demonstrated aptitude for quickly learning new tools and technologies.
  • Experience working effectively with a team to plan and complete projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations as well as demonstrated commitment to diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.


  • Advanced degree in statistics.
  • Experience providing data-related services in a library or research setting.
  • Experience teaching technology, either one-on-one or in a classroom setting.
  • Proficiency using tools and programming libraries to support text analysis.
  • Geospatial technology skills.
  • Data visualization skills.

The University and The Libraries
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country’s oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in medicine, social work, information science, and law. The University Libraries, one of the largest research libraries in the south, is an essential part of the University’s educational and research efforts. It includes 9 libraries on campus, including the Health Sciences Library, Walter Royal Davis Library, Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library, and the R.B. House Undergraduate Library. The University Libraries hold approximately 9.2 million volumes and extensive collections of manuscripts, audio visual, microforms, graphics, government documents and rare books. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Council on Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, healing, and service missions of the universities.

The University Libraries are committed to increasing the diversity of its staff, and therefore welcomes applications from candidates who bring additional dimensions to our mission and work. The University Libraries invest proudly in our employees, strive to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourage vision and innovation.

The Region
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.

Salary and Benefits
This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on October 31, 2018.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply
Please visit and complete the online application. Include a cover letter, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.


Published: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 20:49 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, October 17, 2018 20:49 UTC