The Olin & Uris Libraries Research and Learning Services Department at Cornell University is seeking an Emerging Data Practices Librarian.
We are looking for someone who will help students and scholars become more confident users of data in the humanities and social sciences – particularly with emerging types of research data, including text. We want you to have some technical experience, and enthusiasm for building more experience on the job. But most importantly, we want you to bring a wide-ranging curiosity, a dedication to helping varied learners develop and grow, and a desire to help build an equitable and anti-racist interdisciplinary collective for applied information science.
Does this sound like you? If so, we’d love to talk.
We know that no single data professional can specialize in everything. The person in this position will be a key member of the Digital CoLab team, but at Cornell University Library, we work together across departments, and across campus, to solve problems, learn new skills, and support each other’s work. If this position sounds good to you, please don’t allow fear of not having enough data skills get in the way of applying.
What we’re looking for more specifically:
• A demonstrated ability to apply data skills to humanities and social science research problems, textual data skills in particular. Right at this moment, you probably don’t have all the technical skills you want to have, but you’re enthusiastic about learning new ones, and you’re able to orient to the basics of new tools pretty quickly. You’re comfortable saying, “I don’t know, but let’s work on it together.” You like to dig.
• Experience with one or more tools or approaches that support emerging practices for using data in scholarship. Some possible examples:
o Acquisition of datasets via webscraping and APIs (Application Programming Interfaces)
o Approaches to computational text analysis
o Building relational databases and creating data models
o Principles of and tools for data visualization
o Python or R for data wrangling and other tasks
The exact mix of skills that you develop over time will depend on your interests and the ongoing needs of Cornell researchers.
• An ability to meet both students and scholars wherever they are in their learning process, and a desire to help them grow. You have experience in some form of building connection and community. For example, this could be in education, mentoring, consulting, outreach, or another form of engagement.
• Good communication skills, especially when it comes to discussing complex ideas with various audiences. You can get a point across, and you’re also a good listener.
• Knowledge of ways that minoritized groups have been marginalized in tech education and the tech industry. You have some ideas about how best to create a just and inclusive technical learning environment, and a sensitivity for ways that racism and sexism can appear in data collection and analysis, and in the impact of algorithms.
• A graduate degree. It might be in Library or Information Science, or it might be in something else entirely. It needs to be completed by the time you start the position, and no later than June 2021.
Diversity and Inclusion: Cornell University Library embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.
Cornell University Library is a member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance, which unites academic libraries who are committed to increasing the hiring pipeline of qualified and talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
Benefits: Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Funding is available to support professional training and research. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs/
Relocation assistance may be provided.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
The safety and well-being of applicants and our team members is of the utmost importance. Because of campus closures and the likelihood of ongoing travel restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we anticipate conducting virtual interviews with qualified candidates.
Limited Timeframe Remote: This position is located in Ithaca, New York. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the University’s need to limit the number of on-campus employees, the successful applicant will be asked to perform this role remotely at a location of their choice in the United States for a limited period of time until the University can permit more employees to work on campus. At that time, the expectation is for the person in this position to transition to an on-site role.
The New York Convenience of employer guidelines require New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.
How to Apply: All candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site: https://cornell.wd1.
1. A cover letter;
2. A Curriculum Vitae;
3. A Statement of “Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,” which may be incorporated into the cover letter OR presented as a separate statement. Candidates are invited to describe past, present, and/or future aspirations for promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in their careers as researchers and educators, and/or to convey how they see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation may focus on teaching, research, or service, or all three factors.
4. The names, phone numbers, and addresses for three references.
Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified; submission prior to March 30, 2021 is strongly encouraged. Although we prefer to receive your application as one, multi-page pdf document, we will accept multiple documents in other formats.
Environment: One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of over $58 million and a diverse and innovative staff of close to 400, the Library provides significant collaborative opportunities in support of 2,700 faculty, 24,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, and responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.
The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of cultural activities while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the “foodiest” towns in America.
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