Data Services Librarian – Maxwell MacOdrum Library (Library Technology Services )

Updated: 2 days ago
Location: Ottawa West, ONTARIO

About the Position:

Field of Specialization: Library Technology Services

Academic Unit: Maxwell MacOdrum Library

Category of Appointment: One Year Term Appointment

Rank/Position Title: Data Services Librarian

Start Date: December 1, 2022

Closing Date: October 28, 2022

The Data Services Librarian is a member of the Research Support Services, reporting to the Department Head, Research Support Services, and participates as a team member within one of the Subject Teams within the Department. The incumbent is responsible for participating in the delivery of data services in the library to support teaching, learning and research activities at Carleton University. The incumbent is responsible for providing general reference and instruction for Data, which includes collection development and reference specialization. The incumbent develops, manages, and delivers library services related to data services and research data management, and works closely with the data services group.

This position works collaboratively with colleagues within the unit and across the Library to provide coordinated support for research and data services and coordinates the efforts regarding support for undergraduate and graduate services and programming.

The Data Services Librarian is a member of the CUASA bargaining unit.

To see the full position posting, please visit Carleton University’s Deputy Provost’s website at https://carleton.ca/deputyprovost/jobs/academics/ .


About the Academic Unit:

The MacOdrum Library (https://library.carleton.ca/ ) promotes excellence at Carleton University by collecting, preserving, and providing access to information resources and services for our teaching, learning, research, and administrative communities, wherever they are located.

The Library consists of a main building at the heart of the campus which holds over 3.7 million items and an on-campus storage facility with a capacity of 800,000 volumes. There are 103 FTE positions in the Library including about 31 Librarians, 68 Professional Services Staff, and about 50 casual student positions. The Library participates in co-operative ventures with area libraries and museums as well as libraries in research institutions across Canada. It is also part of the Ontario Consortium of University Libraries and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.


Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited library school is required.

A minimum of 3 years’ experience with techniques and technologies for engaging with data. Academic library or research center experience preferred, with emphasis on public service. The complete position description is available below.


Application Instructions:

Review of applications will begin on October 28, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates should send an application package to the Office of the University Librarian by email in one single PDF document with “Data Services Librarian” in the subject line to Lib- Admin@Carleton.ca.

Candidates must include a cover letter (expression of interest) and current curriculum vitae. In addition, short-listed candidates will be asked to provide letters of support from three references.

provide a statement that identifies your strengths in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion in your discipline and on campus as well as your future plans.

Please indicate in your application if you are currently legally eligible to work in Canada.


About Carleton University

Located in Ottawa, Carleton is an innovative teaching and research institution with a tradition of leading change. Internationally recognized academics, staff, and researchers engage more than 31,000 students in over 100 programs of study. Carleton has long been known for promoting research excellence and connectedness and is involved in partnerships around the globe. With strong leadership, it enjoys a healthy financial position and our proximity to government and cultural institutions, media, and a thriving knowledge economy make Carleton and Ottawa a great place to work, learn, and live. Our picturesque campus is fully accessible and, along with award-winning student services, Carleton’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities has been heralded as the gold standard for disability support services in Canada. Learn more about our university and the city of Ottawa.

Carleton University is committed to fostering diversity within its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our university including, but not limited to: women; visible minorities; First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples; persons with disabilities; and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression. Furthermore, Carleton understands that career paths vary and interruptions will not prejudice the assessment process. We invite you to review our revitalized Indigenous strategy, Kinàmàgawin and visit our Department of Equity and Inclusive Communities for information about our commitment to leadership in the areas of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

Accessibility is a university strategic priority and applicants selected for an interview who require accommodations are invited to contact the Chair as soon as possible to ensure that appropriate arrangements may be made.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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Position Description
  • Position Title: Data Services Librarian
  • Department: Research Support Services

POSITION SUMMARY:

The Data Services Librarian is a member of the Research Support Services, reporting to the Department Head, Research Support Services, and participates as a team member within one of the Subject Teams within the Department. The incumbent is responsible for participating in the delivery of data services in the library to support teaching, learning and research activities at Carleton University. The incumbent is responsible for providing general reference and instruction for Data, which includes collection development and reference specialization. The incumbent develops, manages, and delivers library services related to data services and research data management, and works closely with the data services group.

This position works collaboratively with colleagues within the unit and across the Library to provide coordinated support for research and data services and coordinates the efforts regarding support for undergraduate and graduate services and programming.

The Data Services Librarian is a member of the CUASA bargaining unit.


ORGANIZATIONAL RELATIONSHIPS:
  • Reports administratively and functionally to the Head, Research Support Services. Liaises with the GIS Librarian to ensure linkage of geospatial and numeric data services. Performs work with a high degree of independence and flexibility in establishing work goals. In consultation with the department head, in collaboration with the data services group and in line with overall library and departmental plans and policies, determines the objectives and means to ensure the timely and effective fulfillment of the position assignment. Participates in the setting of new and revised policies and advises the department head about Data Services.
  • Provides training and guidance to library staff on data-related information services, resources, and problem-solving approaches to handle data-related reference support.
  • Will participate in one of the three Subject Teams in the department as a team member. Will attend other team meetings periodically to communicate activities and information about Data Services.
  • Works collaboratively with other functional librarians (e.g., Scholarly Communications, GIS, Teaching & Learning, and Copyright) to ensure that the needs of faculty and students requiring specialized expertise are understood and met.
  • Keeps abreast of new sources of both qualitative and quantitative data that will broaden the collection in support of the scholarly research community and, where possible, acquires and manages these data using the appropriate data management techniques, up to and including a complete data rescue.
  • Serves on University committees, participates on Library-wide task forces and working groups, and represents the organization at appropriate local, regional, national, and international forums.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Provides specialized data research support and instruction services
    • Works with faculty and students who require help with all data-related questions: discover, collect, mine, extract, analyze, apply, maintain, secure, curate, display, share, and publish data. Provides guidance on appropriate repositories for selecting and storing data. Supports projects involving multifarious forms of data (GIS, demographic, bibliographic, numerical, text, sound, image, etc.), as well as projects in which data is being digitized from analog sources.
    • Provides advice and expert assistance to academic staff or research teams in the process of developing research proposals, designing research strategies, advising on data collection and research data management issues and expertise in specific data areas such as Statistics Canada Research Data Centers and other Statistics Canada data- related issues and initiatives.
    • Develops and delivers training for both technical skills and problem-solving skills on topics such as data manipulation and analysis, data management planning, file and citation management, and data visualization to a variety of users, including librarians, students, staff, and faculty.
    • Participates in the training of library staff, interns, and other collaborators.
  • Coordinates acquisition and management of data resources
    • Works closely with the data services group to develop and deliver data services.
    • Manages collection development, organization, and maintenance of data collections.
    • Evaluates data availability and reliability, maintaining current documentation as required.
    • Works collaboratively with Library staff and academic units to identify and meet data needs relevant to the teaching and research priorities of the university.
    • Works collaboratively with Library Systems staff to ensure that data management issues are addressed, as needed.
    • Actively maintains current awareness of data collection practices, evaluates new technological developments for data management, and maintains external contacts with data librarians in other academic institutions to exchange information about best practices of data management.
    • Actively maintains current awareness of common data-related standards, including DDI.
  • Develops and maintains website content for data collections and services
    • Provides oversight and management for the data web site to ensure that it is current and meets information needs of staff and clients.
    • Working in conjunction with the Data Support Specialist, and the Data Services Librarian, designs and keeps current the data web pages to ensure discovery of data resources and instruction in their use.
  • Engages in professional and academic development, which may include:
    • Maintains up-to-date knowledge on new forms of data and new sources of data, common qualitative and quantitative research methodologies and standards, data analysis tools and techniques, data visualization tools, data delivery systems, data repositories, and research data management.
    • Takes specialized data-related training, as required.
    • Actively participates in national and international organizations for data management, with particular emphasis on Canadian and international data user organizations.
    • Progresses in the fields of librarianship and information studies by engaging in research, development and/or scholarly work.
    • Contributes to the profession through work with associations.
  • Participates in library and academic committee work, and performs other related duties as required.

  • KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES
    • Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with common qualitative and quantitative research methodologies, descriptive statistics, including data analysis tools & techniques (e.g., SPSS, Stata, NVivo, SAS, R)
    • Expertise with numeric data sources, including published statistics, for one or more disciplines, and willingness/interest in adding others.
    • Demonstrated knowledge of data visualization tools (e.g., Excel, Google Charts, Tableau Public) and data gathering, management and delivery systems (e.g., Dataverse, ODESI).
    • Demonstrated knowledge of appropriate metadata standards, e.g., DDI, Dublin Core.
    • Understanding of issues and trends in relevant policies and the communication and publication of research data.
    • Applied knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to data management and curation, including format migration, preservation, metadata, data retrieval and use issues.
    • Flexibility to work with faculty, staff, and researchers across a broad range of disciplines.
    • Proven ability to initiate and work in a complex and rapidly changing organization, and to bring projects to conclusion in a timely fashion.
    • Effective analytical, organizational, oral, and written communications, and interpersonal skills.
    • Aptitude for teaching and developing instructional content and documentation for internal and external users.
    • Strong public service orientation.

    QUALIFICATIONS:
    • Education: A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited library school is required.
    • Experience: A minimum of 3 years’ experience with techniques and technologies for engaging with data. Academic library or research center experience preferred, with emphasis on public service.

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