Data Librarian

Las Vegas
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Salary: Minimum salary is $66,015
Created: March 5, 2024


UNLV University Libraries seeks nominations and applications for an innovative and collaborative tenure-track/tenured faculty member to serve as the Data Librarian.  Reporting to the Head, Scholarly Communication and Data Services (SCADS), the Data Librarian will develop and extend the library’s role in providing expertise on data management methods and standards, open science/research, and data literacy. The Data Librarian will work collaboratively and cross-organizationally to determine researcher needs and to deliver relevant services and expertise. The librarian will help the Libraries meet curricular and research needs by increasing the visibility of available data-related resources and expertise for undergraduate, graduate, and faculty researchers and by providing expert consulting, instruction, and other coordinated programming.  Key responsibilities and expectations for this position will include:

  • Facilitate and lead instructional programming related to research data management, data literacy, and open science/research including the design, development, and delivery of instruction through multiple formats to meet stakeholder needs (e.g., in-person, hybrid, synchronous and asynchronous online).
  • Advise and guide researchers on recommended data management practices throughout the research lifecycle that align with FAIR and CARE data principles, with an emphasis on making data open when possible.
  • Provide input and guidance to researchers in selecting appropriate data repositories to store and share their data.
  • Works collaboratively with SCADS, Libraries colleagues, and campus partners to develop programming and provide expertise and guidance on fulfilling federal mandates with a specific focus on data management and open data standards and practices.
  • Stays up to date on trends, developments, technologies, tools, resources, and changes in the landscape of federal research policies, open science/research, data management, and data literacy.  Adapts activities and recommendations accordingly.



This position requires an earned Master's Degree in library or information science from an American Library Association accredited program or terminal post-graduate degree (PhD, EdD, etc.) from an accredited college or university as recognized by the United States Department of Education and/or the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) by the date of appointment.

  • Competence and sensitivity in working with individuals who are highly diverse regarding many facets of identity, including but not limited to gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, ability, income, level of educational attainment, and religion.
  • Working knowledge of the research data lifecycle and the ability to apply that knowledge in providing consultations, instruction, and other expert advice to researchers at all career levels.
  • Familiarity with open science/open research concepts and principles.
  • Knowledge of research data management and data services trends within libraries.
  • Ability to initiate, engage, and create buy-in and partnerships with researchers from a variety of backgrounds, particularly those involved in interdisciplinary research.
  • Ability to explain and teach complex ideas clearly, engaging with diverse audiences through multiple instructional formats and settings. 
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to promote teamwork within the Libraries and the campus.
  • Ability to embrace creativity and change that comes from technological and research innovation.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and effectiveness in balancing multiple assignments and projects.


  • Familiarity with grant writing and data management requirements of federal agencies;
  • Working knowledge of research data types, tools/technologies, programming languages, and approaches (e.g., DMPTool, OpenRefine, Qualtrics, SPSS, ATLAS.ti, GIT, R, Python, Excel, Google Suite).
  • Understanding of the research lifecycle and related research computing best practices, including data handling, transfer, compute and storage solutions for general and specialized research data (e.g., big data, HIPAA, CUI, classified data).
  • Experience teaching topics related to the evolving landscape of open and public data, such as data management, data ethics, and data sharing.
  • Familiarity with digital humanities concepts and methods
  • Knowledge of current digital scholarship and scholarly communication trends

This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Rank II, tenure-track) or Associate (Rank III, tenure-track/tenure). This position may be eligible for a flexible work arrangement in accordance with the UNLV Flexible Work Policy and is evaluated on a case by case basis. Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on April 1, 2024. Materials should be addressed to Data Librarian Search Committee Chair, and must be submitted through Workday, as we do not accept emailed materials.

Last updated: Tuesday, March 12, 2024 00:54 UTC