Data Discovery Librarian II

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Created: March 30, 2020


Job Summary
The Data Discovery Librarian II is responsible for the applications and services that provide unified discovery of research and clinical data and spur new research initiatives. As a member of the Library Science team, the incumbent will plan, implement, and support innovative and user-focused discovery solutions for a new digital archive and catalog of CHOP-generated biomedical data, objects, and collections. The successful candidate will leverage user experience principles and assessment methodologies to establish and maintain searching, browsing, and indexing solutions that meet the emerging needs of CHOP researchers and staff.

The successful candidate will work with clinical, research, and informatics domains across CHOP to learn about researcher methods and the needs and requirements of different Arcus users,  data sources, content types, and  translate that knowledge into effective applications. The incumbent will also collaborate with fellow Library Science team members on the metadata standards and preservation management solutions required for successful discovery of content.

Job Responsibilities

  • Coordinate the implementation and administration of discovery applications that make biomedical research data, objects, and collections findable and accessible for CHOP researchers and staff.
  • Apply user-centered design principles to the establishment and continuous improvement of patron-facing library services by mapping services to user requirements and implementing tools for measuring effectiveness.
  • Prototype discovery user interfaces, including search results, record display, and navigation that cohesively address multiple content types and user behaviors.
  • Define innovative discovery services that integrate multiple content types and sources from across CHOP and connect clinical and research data.
  • Independently manage a portfolio of tasks with general instruction, guidance, and supervision from direct supervisor as well as distributed team.
  • Ensure adherence to industry standards for web accessibility in patron-facing applications.
  • Ensure consistent and accurate documentation of discovery applications for staff and researchers.
  • Collaborate with the Digital Archivist and the Metadata Librarian on content and metadata standards and workflows.
  • Collaborate with stakeholders, including the Data Education team, on the identification of personas, user requirements, and acceptance criteria.
  • Coordinate with technical staff on application administration including implementation, troubleshooting, enhancements, and upgrades.

Required Education and Experience

Required education: Bachelor’s Degree in library science, information science, computer science or related discipline

Required experience: At least three (3) years of relevant experience in a library setting

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic
Preferred education: Master’s Degree in library science, information science, computer science or related discipline 

Preferred experience:

  • At least three (3) years of relevant experience in a research, academic, or medical library setting
  • Experience with complex digital library projects and/or application implementations

Additional Technical Requirements

  • Knowledge and prior application of user experience, service design, and assessment principles and practices
  • Prior work implementing or maintaining front-end applications, including working with technical staff and supporting users
  • Experience with relevant metadata standards and schemas for describing digital objects and research data, such as MODS, Dublin Core, DataCite
  • Experience with employing web analytic tools for measuring and improving effectiveness
  • Experience with CSS, XML, XSL, XSLT
  • Experience with web development technologies, scripting languages
  • Knowledge of web accessibility standards such as WCAG
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and implement new technologies and tools
  • Ability to work collaboratively in groups and manage projects effectivel
  • Appreciation of diversity and affinity for interacting with people of varying backgrounds and perspectives
  • All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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CHOP Careers Contact 
Talent Acquisition
2716 South Street, 6th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19146 
Phone: 866-820-9288

How to apply


Spencer Lamm
Supervisor of Library Science
Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHi)
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Biomedical Research Data discovery and access services Discovery User Experience User experience design


Published: Monday, March 30, 2020 15:04 UTC

Last updated: Monday, March 30, 2020 15:04 UTC