UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Data Services Librarian
Hiring Range: Associate Librarian to Librarian
$58,400- $84,930 per annum, based upon qualifications This is a full-time appointment available starting May 2017.
The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative and service-oriented librarian to join a team of specialists supporting world-class research and teaching. The Data Services Librarian develops, leads, and assesses an innovative outreach and service program to increase data and statistical literacy within the Library and across the curriculum.
The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation's premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills.
The Library's Social Sciences Division consists of five library locations - the Anthropology Library, Business Library, Data Lab, Environmental Design Library, and Social Research Library - and collections and services located in Doe Library/Gardner MAIN Stacks. Collectively, the staff - 12 librarians, 12 library staff, and over 50 student library employees - support the research, teaching, and study needs of a diverse clientele. These libraries are primary service points and provide research-level print and digital collections in several languages to support the research and teaching programs of several academic programs and centers, professional schools, research units, and the general public. Visit http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/ for more information about the UC Berkeley Library.
Reporting to the Head of the Library's Social Sciences Division, the incumbent provides leadership for campus and library initiatives supporting data and digital scholarship, and works with a variety of ad-hoc and standing groups to help achieve program objectives. The Data Services Librarian is the library liaison to the undergraduate Data Science Education Program (DSEP) and to the broader Data Science Initiative at Berkeley. The Data Science Initiative is University-wide, supporting the increased use of computational and inferential thinking in many academic disciplines and professional schools and developing information literacies for a data-rich world. The librarian establishes strong relationships with faculty and students, conducts analysis and assessment of user and program data needs, develops and implements peer consulting/drop-in services, provides virtual and in-person research consultations, creates instructional materials in a variety of formats, promotes library resources and services, and works collaboratively and programmatically to support data literacy across the curriculum.
The incumbent works closely with a network of campus partners including the Social Sciences Data Laboratory (D-Lab), the Social Science Matrix, the Berkeley Institute for Transparency in the Social Sciences (BITSS), the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) and the Research Data Management Core Team, as well as colleagues within the Library, including those who support GIS, qualitative data, and the digital humanities. The librarian provides advice, guidance and instruction to build capacity amongst colleagues and to better use quantitative data to assess and improve Library services. The librarian is the service lead to the Library's Data Acquisition and Access Program (DAAP), providing input and advice on data requested by students and faculty. The librarian represents the social sciences on the research data management core team, supporting best practices related to data creation, organization, preservation, and sharing. Regionally and nationally, the librarian collaborates with colleagues to develop and implement new models and best practices for Library support of data intensive research.
UC Berkeley librarians and academic staff are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.
Minimum Basic Qualification at time of application:
Master's degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program or equivalent degree
Additional Required Qualifications by start date of position:
Domain expertise in an area of research related to the position.
Demonstrated experience with quantitative academic research using statistical software such as
SPSS, R, SAS or Stata and/or programming languages such as R or Python
Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services
Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of social science researchers, including familiarity with new research methods and with research data management
Demonstrated ability to provide highly responsive public service and to work effectively with diverse staff and campus user communities
Experience teaching and/or advising researchers on resolving data-related questions
Experience creating documentation and educational materials
Demonstrated analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, creativity and the ability to work effectively both independently and as a team member
Additional Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with data visualization principles and tools (such as Tableau or Gephi).
Experience providing reference and/or instructional services in an academic library.
The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.
UC professional librarians are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council - American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is in the bargaining unit.
Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.
This recruitment will remain open until filled.
Submit applications online at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01247
Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three references who are knowledgeable about the applicant's qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
Send inquiries to:
Susan E. Wong
Director, Library Human Resources Phone: 510-642-3778
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