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Research Data Management Librarian or Specialist, Assistant/Associate

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Research Data Management Librarian or Specialist, Assistant/Associate
Department Libraries - Digital Innovation & Stewardship (1705)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona Libraries’ Office of Digital Stewardship and Innovation (ODIS) seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, service-oriented professional as a Research Data Management Librarian/Specialist to further develop the Libraries’ data management services. The incumbent will collaborate with colleagues in ODIS, across the Libraries, and across campus to provide coordinated support for research data management and curation that is responsive to local needs while informed by current developments in data management policy and technology. This newly created position will report to the Data Curation Librarian.

This position will serve two major purposes. 1) Provide data management and curation support for research projects such as recommending data management technology and tools, metadata standards in collaboration with the metadata librarian, and assist researchers in depositing their data in disciplinary repositories or the Campus Repository. 2) Work with the data curation librarian to expand data management and curation services and programs focusing on reaching out to campus to provide a variety of educational support for data management and data curation, including engagement with graduate and diverse students around best practices.

This position will also collaborate with the project manager for the campus Researcher Information Management system, UA Vitae, to integrate research data into the researcher’s portfolio.

Incumbents in continuing or continuing track academic professional positions are members of the general faculty and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the Arizona Board of Regents and the University of Arizona. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service.

To learn more about ODIS, check out our website. You can also learn more about University Libraries.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Diversity Commitment:
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. Diversity in our environment embraces the acceptance of a multiplicity of diverse backgrounds and worldviews. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies, as we believe that such experiences are both institutional and service imperatives. Because we seek a workforce with diverse perspectives and experiences, we encourage applications from individuals with demonstrated knowledge of and relevant abilities working with culturally diverse communities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Work with the data curation librarian to expand data management and curation services and programs
  • Plan and deliver data management workshops and instruction sessions to various colleges, departments and other units on campus
  • Provide support for research projects, such as advice on data management plans, recommendations on appropriate data management tools and services, and appropriate metadata standards to use (in collaboration with the Metadata Librarian)
  • Keep up to date on funders’ data management policies, integrating any changes into ODIS materials and programming
  • Work with data curation librarian in planning projects for the Research Computing Governance Committee, Data Management and Curation Subcommittee
  • Provide leadership on engaging UA librarians with data management information relevant to their portfolios
  • Work with Research Discovery and Innovation (RDI) and University Information Technology Services (UITS) on joint projects, including data management infrastructure support
  • If hired in the librarian, continuing-status track position, this position actively contributes to the library profession through research, service and scholarship, and engages in faculty governance of the Libraries and the University through service in the Library Faculty Assembly and on appropriate University committees. As a faculty member, this individual will help to develop innovative approaches to enhancing student engagement, increasing diversity, and expanding collaborations with community and business partners.
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and planning skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced office environment, responding positively to unanticipated changes
  • Initiative, optimism, flexibility, time management, and follow-through
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives
  • Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize on them
  • Ability to advocate, influence, and persuade others
  • Ability to embrace ambiguity in a changing environment and be committed to continual professional development, improvement, and learning
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Demonstrated experience with data management practices and research data management tools
  • Background or experience teaching and developing instructional content for data management in an academic environment
  • Evidence of the ability to achieve continuing status (equivalent to tenure) if hired into librarian track, including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working with several metadata schemas such as Dublin Core, METS, or CSDGM
  • Experience using data analysis software
  • Experience working with high performance computing centers or other large computational and data storage services
  • Demonstrated knowledge/understanding of digital preservation theory and principles
  • Experience with research tools like electronic laboratory notebooks, research workflow tools like OSF or Figshare
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $55,000-$75,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21539
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Krissandra McNeill

Open Date 03/08/2016
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 04/03/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

In your letter of interest, please describe how your qualifications and experience are fitting for this position.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Upon hire, will you have a Master's degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or any other relevant advanced degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * What in your work brings you the most professional satisfaction and keeps you motivated?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents