Data Librarian

Kalamazoo, MI
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Created: January 18, 2019


The University Libraries at Western Michigan University seeks candidates for the position of Data Librarian. This exciting new opportunity supports Western Michigan University’s commitment to be a learner centered, discovery driven, and globally engaged institution by supporting campus efforts in three key areas: cultivating and participating in campus research collaborations, consulting with researchers, and delivering educational programming.

The Data Librarian will lead new library efforts to support the emerging data needs for a wide range of stakeholders, such as campus researchers, students, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. This new role will define the future of data services within WMU libraries, work to identify campus needs, and develop a new service portfolio to assist the campus community on how to better use, manage, communicate, and preserve data. The Librarian will develop new partnerships to increase the visibility and usability of data resources, support scholarly communications, and deliver instruction on best and emerging practices.

As a tenure track, fiscal-year (12 month) appointment, the Librarian will report to the Associate Dean for Resources and Digital Strategies and work as a team member in the Research Services Department. This innovative new area is responsible for the curation, preservation, and promotion of specialized collections, planning and executing digital projects, and providing research and educational services to support of specific program areas. The position will participate in library-wide activities and committees and may also supervise staff.

In support of the Libraries’ commitment to professional development, the Librarian will enjoy many opportunities to develop a professional record. Travel funding will be provided, with support for presenting at conferences, publishing in professional publications, and developing leadership experience.

A master’s degree from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or an international equivalent as identified by ALA is required. Candidates with advanced graduate coursework or professional experience are encouraged to apply.

Please visit for further information regarding the position requirements and application procedures. Review of applications will begin February 11, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

The position will be based on Western Michigan University’s main campus in Kalamazoo, MI. The expected start date is summer 2019.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities.

Western Michigan University is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in the vibrant community of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Known as a center for innovative health sciences research and the home of two nationally-ranked institutions of higher learning—Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College—Kalamazoo enjoys being a center for higher education and the sixth largest metropolitan area in Michigan. Kalamazoo is home of the nationally recognized Kalamazoo Promise, where graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo offers a wealth of cultural and recreational activities, including numerous outdoor recreation activities, unique commerce and shopping, and numerous cultural organizations. For more information, please visit:

Western Michigan University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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Published: Saturday, January 19, 2019 16:54 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, January 19, 2019 16:54 UTC