Data Librarian, Yale University – New Haven, CT

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: The Data Librarian will join a well-established program of support for research and teaching with data, and will play a leadership role in providing and advancing the Yale University Library’s data services. Reporting to the Director of Research Support and Outreach Programs at the Center for Science and Social Science Information, the Data Librarian is a member of the CSSSI team and participates in Yale University Library programs and committees.

Yale’s Data Librarian increases the visibility and usability of data resources through research consultations, workshops and course-integrated instruction, online research guides, and outreach efforts. This librarian coordinates and provides Yale Library services to support research data management and develops the data management education program. The incumbent assists researchers in data management planning and provides instruction in data management issues and best practices to diverse audiences, including researchers, University staff, and Library colleagues. The Data Librarian supports the discovery, use, and management of locally created and externally available data.

The Data Librarian collaborates with subject librarians, GIS specialists, and staff from the StatLab, the Digital Humanities Lab, and the Yale Center for Research Computing to support the research data and data science needs of Yale researchers. This position advises on and implements scalable, sustainable, and domain-appropriate data services in support of research at Yale.

The incumbent coordinates the Research Data Consultation Group which consists of other specialists from the Library and campus-wide key stakeholders. The Data Librarian collaborates with campus partners, including the Office of the Deputy Provost for Research, the Office of Research Administration, the Yale Center for Research Computing, and the Yale Institute for Network Science, concerning issues of managing, curating, sharing, and preserving research data.

In consultation with subject librarians and the CSSSI Director of Collection Management, Technical Services, and Access Services, the Data Librarian assists in identifying and acquiring data resources relevant to research and teaching in the sciences, social sciences, and interdisciplinary fields. The incumbent advises library IT, electronic resources, cataloging, and preservation departments on receiving data resources and preparing them for discovery and availability to users. The Data Librarian collaborates with colleagues on metadata and preservation issues related to data.

The Data Librarian participates in outreach, research support, and instruction program planning and implementation for the CSSSI. The incumbent participates in Yale Library planning, committees, and task forces, and engages in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and collaborative activities; participates in professional activities outside of Yale and monitors developments and best practices elsewhere to help ensure the excellence of Yale’s research support services and collections. The Data Librarian may represent Yale to state, national, and international data organizations.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:
• A Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school is required for this position. Librarians new to the profession are encouraged to apply.
• Demonstrated excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications and analytical ability.
• Demonstrated record of designing projects and bringing them to a conclusion in a timely fashion.
• Experience working collegially and cooperatively within and across organizations.
• Experience working collaboratively and independently with varied groups within a complex organization and rapidly changing, team environment.
• Demonstrated ability finding and/or using research data.
• Demonstrated ability with data management best practices and familiarity with requirements from funding agencies and scholarly publishers.

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Undergraduate or advanced degree in engineering, math, science, or social science. Familiarity with quantitative, qualitative, and geospatial data analysis applications. Knowledge of metadata standards for quantitative and qualitative data. Experience providing public service and instruction in an academic research library. Reading knowledge of one or more Western European languages.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.yale.edu.

The Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI):
The Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI), located in the Kline Biology Tower, provides Yale faculty, students, and staff with state-of-the-art information services in a technology-rich environment. It is designed to provide easily accessible support for science, social science, and interdisciplinary researchers.

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at http://bit.ly/2gGLDTM.

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

About Melody Rood

Librarian at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC

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