Data Services Librarian

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Created: May 29, 2019


The Harvard Library Research Data Management Program connects members of the Harvard community to services and resources that span the research data lifecycle, to help ensure that Harvard’s multi-disciplinary research data is findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable (FAIR).
Reporting to the Harvard Library Research Data Management Program Manager, the Data Services Librarian will work with partners and stakeholder within the Harvard Library, and across the university, to provide data curation services, training, and expertise to members of the Harvard community.
The Data Services Librarian will also advance the program’s mission and objectives by assessing and improving existing program services and resources; helping to develop new services and resources to benefit the Harvard community; performing data services training and outreach; building and sustaining relationships with partners across the research data lifecycle; and participating in relevant library-wide and Harvard-wide committees, working groups, projects, and events.
Duties and Responsibilities

As a member of this highly collaborative program team, the Data Services Librarian will:

  • Partner with Harvard Library departments and the Institute of Quantitative Social Sciences (IQSS) to establish and deliver scalable Dataverse repository data curation services to support data sharing, reuse, collections development, and stewardship. Specific duties will include providing data curation consultation services to members of the Harvard community; designing and implementing data organization frameworks within Dataverse; ingesting and applying metadata to data within Dataverse; and providing ongoing maintenance and support for curated datasets;

  • Participate in Harvard Library and university project, working groups, and cross-organizational teams involved in issues pertaining to research data management and data curation;

  • Form and maintain strong, productive relationships with stakeholders across Harvard’s research data management landscape to accomplish complex strategic and operational objectives;

  • Collaborate with members of the Harvard Library Learning Initiative to design and deliver data services training to members of the Library community;

  • Contribute substantively to program operations, including updating program resources, such as websites and wikis; contributing to regular program and project reports; developing and documenting workflows and procedures; and managing program-related projects, working groups, and teams;

  • Participate in other activities, as required, to support the mission and objectives of the Harvard Library Research Data Management Program.

    Please note: this is a fully-benefitted term appointment with an end date of three years from the date of hire.

Basic Qualifications

  • Masterʼs degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education or an advanced degree in a related field;

  • Minimum two years of experience with the research data lifecycle, data curation, and FAIR data principles;

  • Minimum two years of experience in project management

Additional Qualifications

  • Data curation experience involving a data repository, such as Dataverse;

  • Data curation experience involving sensitive data and data de-identification;

  • Experience organizing and documenting data;

  • Demonstrated ability to create and use programs, scripts, and other tools, such as Open Refine, to extract and manipulate data from a variety of sources, including web services and APIs;

  • Experience collaborating and communicating with faculty and researchers;

  • Ability to navigate and thrive in a complex organizational environment;

  • Ability to learn new technological tools, applications, and techniques continuously;

  • Ability to manage workload, priorities and deadlines and achieve timeline goals.

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, including presentation or teaching skills.

Although this position will remain open until filled, applications will be reviewed beginning June 28th , 2019  

Diversity at the Harvard Library

Across the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University’s mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success. The Data Services Librarian will promote and embody this commitment through his/her work and relationships.
We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world’s most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society.
Harvard Library inspires collaboration, reflection, experimentation, and discovery. Serving as an information hub, the Library connects users to related disciplines and to University-wide teaching resources. The Library engages users through curated discovery, digital collections, reimagined physical space, specialized research support, and delivers exceptional experiences to its user communities. Today, Harvard Library’s holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding access to digital resources. Harvard Library provides the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with comprehensive access to these materials.

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Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 16:11 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 16:11 UTC