Data Services Librarian

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Created: June 12, 2013


DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES: The Rutgers University Libraries seek a librarian skilled in teaching and instruction to fill the position of Data Services Librarian in the John Cotton Dana Library on the Newark Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Reporting to the Assistant Chancellor and Director of John Cotton Dana Library and under the direction of the Head of Public Services for the Dana Library, the Data Services Librarian position includes significant teaching and instruction activity as well as faculty liaison responsibilities, particularly with disciplinary and interdisciplinary research centers, for the analysis of large data sets and the provision of support in the presentation of the results of research and analysis. In support of the instructional mission, the Data Services Librarian instructs faculty and students in the use of research data sets as well as use of software for quantitative and qualitative analysis. The Data Services Librarian also participates as a member of the Public Services team providing research assistance to the library’s diverse faculty and student users. This is a tenure-track appointment and as a member of a university-wide faculty, the Data Services Librarian is expected to routinely participate in system-wide initiatives, committees, and task forces, and to actively pursue and participate in research, publication, and in professional associations.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science as well as an advanced degree in a social sciences discipline; experience working with quantitative data and manipulation of datasets and experience teaching the use of datasets and statistical software to faculty, students and researchers; knowledge of statistical software such as SAS, SPSS (PASW), Stata, or R; familiarity with major data resources (ICPSR, Census, etc.); awareness of national issues and trends in academic librarianship, and the ability and desire to meet tenure and promotion requirements; and a demonstrated commitment to fostering diversity is required. Candidates who have had successful experience in the design and delivery of services for diverse populations will be given preference. Desired: Experience with software for qualitative data analysis; experience with relational databases; experience in a library environment, including reference and public services ; and knowledge of XML and metadata standards relevant to data. The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States.

SALARY: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

STATUS AND BENEFITS: Faculty status, calendar year appointment, retirement plans, life and health insurance, prescription drug, dental and vision plans, tuition remission, and 22 days annually.

LIBRARY PROFILE: The Rutgers University Libraries (RUL), comprising libraries on the university’s Camden, New Brunswick, and Newark campuses, all reporting to the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, operate as a unified library system with coordinated public, technical services, and collection development programs including digital initiatives and a pioneering institutional repository. The libraries have highly valued staff of about 300 who are committed to develop innovations in access services, information literacy and digital initiatives. RUL operates with a budget of $28 million and outstanding collections especially in jazz and New Jerseyana. Rutgers University Libraries are a member of ARL, CRL, Lyrasis, Metro, NERL, and VALE, and use Sirsi Dynix and OCLC as primary bibliographic utilities and Fedora repository software. In concert with the integration of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey with Rutgers University, the libraries connected with those schools in Newark and New Brunswick will become part of the Rutgers University Libraries system as of July 1, 2013. Rutgers University is a member of the Association of American Universities. Rutgers is also a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the nation’s premier higher education consortium of top tier research institutions which includes Big Ten Conference members and the University of Chicago.

The Newark Campus of Rutgers University is a doctoral-degree granting research institution that is a leading education and research center. Classified as a Carnegie Research Intensive institution, Rutgers-Newark offers 14 doctoral programs: American studies, applied physics, biology, chemistry, criminal justice, global affairs, integrative neuroscience,management, mathematical sciences, nursing, psychology, public administration, and urban systems. For more information go to the RUL Web site: and to learn about the Dana Library and Newark Campus go to: Rutgers is an ADVANCE Institution, committed to increase diversity and the participation and advancement of women in the STEM disciplines.

TO APPLY: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Submit résumé, cover letter, names of three references, and where you saw the position advertised to:

Lila Fredenburg (APP. 210)
Director of Administrative Services
Rutgers University Libraries
169 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1163

Fax: (732) 932-7637

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