Research Data Management Librarian for the Sciences
Harvard University College Library
August 8, 2017
USA - MA - Cambridge
Full-time - Experienced
Harvard Library has come together to develop university-wide policies for collections and user services in support of research, teaching, and learning. The Harvard Library is building on its leadership position established through its extraordinary collections, to grow in new ways which revolutionize the engagement of library staff in research, teaching, and learning.
The Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), the largest division of Harvard University, is dedicated to being at the forefront of teaching and learning and fostering cutting edge research and discovery. The FAS Libraries constitute the largest sector of the Harvard Library, including 11 million of the combined 20 million volume holdings of the full Harvard Library system. FAS librarians support teaching and learning for Harvard College's 6700 undergraduate students and 4000 graduate students.
Harvard Library is launching a team-based approach to supporting faculty and student needs in science and engineering. As part of this new framework, the new Cabot Science Library, opening in Spring 2017, includes video studios, multimedia production facilities, collaboration spaces, an active-learning classroom and a dynamic space called the Discovery Bar.
The Research Data Management Librarian for the Sciences (RDML) reports to the Director of Science and Engineering Library Services. This position will help launch research data management services through the office of the Director of Library Digital Strategies and Innovation. Understanding the research landscape, the role of campus partnerships and the capabilities and limits of library support will be essential to the RDML's work. The RDML needs to communicate effectively with STEM researchers with a deep understanding of the complexities of research workflows and grant management. The RDML will work with relevant stakeholders in developing policies, guidelines and workflows of data management services to ensure good research practice, protection of intellectual property, proper storage and security of research data, compliance with relevant regulations, and appropriate access to research data. The RDML will coordinate ongoing training and support for library staff on research data management fundamentals and services.
The RDML participates actively in the intellectual life and administrative activities of the Harvard Library, serving on committees, working groups, and other activities promoting the President's vision of
Graduate degree in science, social sciences, or library and information systems
Postgraduate qualification in library and information management or similar educational experience
At least five years of work experience relevant to the position
Expertise on data management practices, data policies, sharing and reuse, data citation, stewardship, and digital preservation including relevant software tools
Experience managing issues and developments in scholarly communication, and discipline-specific expectations for science and engineering
Experience with statistical analysis tools and methods for qualitative and quantitative research
Experience with current technologies and standards used in institutional repository systems and metadata
Experience in information management or working with data in a research context
Experience in working with vendors and software developers
Excellent interpersonal, presentation and technical skills
Strong organizational skills
Expertise with research data management in science or engineering disciplines
Ability to communicate effectively with researchers, faculty and students in STEM fields
Ability to work in a matrix environment
A commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse population.
Advanced degree in science and/or engineering preferred
Experience supervising staff and/or graduate students
Experience managing projects with research support to clearly articulate deliverables and timelines.
Prior experience with coaching / training librarians and graduate students preferred
Ability to learn new technological tools and techniques continuously
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. T...he University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.