Hiring: Data Services Librarian

Boston College Libraries are seeking a Data Services Librarian to join our Digital Scholarship Group (DSG). As a member of the DSG, the Data Services Librarian collaborates on designing and driving initiatives, providing current services, and is a valued voice in DSG strategic planning. This position is highly collaborative within the DSG, across the Libraries, and across campus and will be a major contributor to department outreach efforts and relationship building. (Apply on the BC career site.)

A large component of this position will involve working closely with a fellow Data Services Specialist and the DSG head on endeavors to grow existing data services and find new ways for the BC community to engage with data critically. While this position works across disciplines, the disciplinary emphasis is STEM and/or Health Sciences so that the Libraries can better meet the growing needs of Boston College’s programs and the interdisciplinary work being conducted in The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society.

The Data Services Librarian is primarily responsible for DSG collaborations and services related to data gathering, manipulation, management, curation, documentation, and data skills training. Such activities include consulting on faculty and student data-driven projects; providing data skills training on data manipulation and management methods, best practices, and tools to faculty and staff; providing data skills instruction for undergraduate and graduate courses, and driving library-based curricula development (i.e., library instruction and modules) and resource creation/collection for data-centric and data science programs.

Required

  • A master’s degree in Library and Information Science or a closely related, data-intensive research field, plus 2-3 years of relevant experience
  • Demonstrated experience in 
    • Providing data curation, management, cleaning, and mining services;
    • Using data and related technologies to support teaching or research;
    • Working with numeric data in an academic, scientific, or corporate environments
  • The ability to engage with research across a variety of disciplines, including STEM and/or health sciences, and a range of audiences, from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty, instructors, and staff
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 

Preferred

  • Experience working in academic libraries;
  • Experience working with survey microdata, restricted data, or similarly complex data; 
  • A STEM and/or health sciences background, be it through education or work experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in
    • Proving data skills training and classroom instruction (oral, written, and video tutorials, etc.);
    • Using statistical tools, especially SPSS and Stata
    • Data visualization;
    • Data cleaning, creation, and analysis using coding languages such as Python or R;

FAQ

  • What is the department’s culture like?
    • We are highly collaborative and kind. Competitiveness is not our thing.
  • Is this position new?
    • No and yes. This is an existing position for which we created a new line to have two Data Services Librarians. We did this based on our users’ needs and our vision for data at BC Libraries.
  • Do I have to have a Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science?
    • No, you can have a graduate degree in a closely related, data-intensive research field, instead.
  • Should I apply for this position if I don’t have all of the listed preferred qualifications?
    • If you feel like you have what it takes, yes!
  • What is BC’s work-at-home policy?
    • We get one day a week to work from home after 6 months of employment.
  • Is there financial support for professional development and conferences?
    • Yes.
  • When does the position start?
    • The start date is flexible.
  • When can I expect to hear from you?
    • We try to move as quickly as we can and typically start setting up first-round interviews about three to four weeks after the job is posted.

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