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Data Services Librarian

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Lib - Library Systems
Union: MSP
Categories: Library

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Summary

The Data Services Librarian leads UMass Amherst Libraries’ efforts to provide high-quality programming and services to faculty, researchers, and students in the management of research data throughout the research lifecycle. The position is responsible for coordinating and managing the services provided to researchers, administrators, and campus units for measuring research impact measurement and other data-related activities. The Data Services Librarian serves a critical role in ensuring the Libraries are poised to meet the research goals outlined in the University’s strategic plan.


Essential Functions

  • Lead the UMass Amherst Libraries’ efforts to support faculty, researchers, and students in the management of their research data throughout the research lifecycle.
  • In collaboration with library colleagues, coordinate and manage requests for the compilation of research impact and measurement output through use of bibliometrics-based approaches (including altmetrics and other research metrics approaches) for researchers, administrators, and campus units. 
  • Design and implement a sustainable framework to advance data services including writing data management plans, providing research impact training, providing data visualization expertise, and developing guides, and teaching workshops.
  • Partner with UMass Amherst’s Office of Research & Engagement, Research Administrators Advisory Board, Information Technology, and other relevant campus units on data management initiatives.
  • Continually assess campus-wide data management needs and current support services and activities for continuous improvement, including the development of workflows.
  • Keep apprised of key issues, trends, tools, technologies, resources, and methodologies for computationally centered, data-driven research (data mining, visualization, text mining, etc.) and, and regularly incorporates this knowledge into planning and sharing of information with library colleagues and campus partners as relevant.
  • Provide consultations with researchers and research groups in partnership with liaison librarians on research data management planning, research impact, and other related topics.
  • Develop information policies, services, and infrastructure informed by legal, regulatory, and federal requirements in cooperation with relevant university stakeholders, including the Office of Research and Engagement, Information Technology, and compliance officers.


Other Functions

  • Serve on internal committees as assigned and may be asked to represent the Libraries on campus committees, Five College Committees, Boston Library Consortium Committees, and/or at other selected professional meetings and conferences.
  • Participate in professional development and continuing education activities, including service in professional and scholarly associations, and presenting and publishing on work-related topics.
  • Work a flexible schedule, which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or required to meet the goals of the department, Libraries, and University


Organizational Values

  • Commitment to support justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) within libraries and institution.
  • Ability to build and sustain effective working relationships and work collaboratively in a diverse and fast-paced environment. 
  • Purposefully promote a One Library environment for all that encourages inclusion, personal growth, respect, self-reflection, curiosity, and continuous learning.
  • Understands responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behaves in ways consistent with both law and with university policy.


Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Graduate degree in librarianship (from a program accredited by the American Library Association) or related field, or combination of an advanced degree in a relevant subject area and experience in libraries, archives, museums, or similar institutions.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of relevant experience providing data related services to users in an academic setting.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of data management, data curation, and preservation principles and practices, including issues and technical challenges related to format migration, preservation, metadata, and data retrieval.
  • Experience with data sources, such as Web of Science, Scopus, PubMed, Google Scholar, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, be self-directed, problem-solve, and demonstrate a commitment to inclusion, service excellence, innovation, and creativity.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and sustain effective working relationships and work collaboratively in a diverse and fast-paced environment.
  • Strong organizational, project, and time management skills to lead or coordinate multiple projects and work with minimal supervision.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Working knowledge and understanding of bibliometric indicators such as citation counts, publication counts, journal metrics, h-index, and altmetrics etc. 
  • Experience with data visualization software such as VosViewer, Sci2, Gephi, Tableau, etc.). 
  • Ability to present a story or narrative through data and visuals. 
  • Experience using scripting languages (such as Python or Javascript), or statistical solutions (R, SAS, SPSS) for research data analysis. 
  • Successful experience on cross-departmental teams to accomplish projects and initiatives. 
  • Experience working with DMPTool (or similar tools) to prepare data management plans.
  • Familiarity with data sharing policies for U.S. federally funded research and emerging best practices for compliance with funder requirements.


Work Schedule

  • The regular working schedule for this position is Monday - Friday, day hours.
  • The incumbent of the position is expected to work on a flexible schedule, which includes some evening, weekend, and holiday hours.


Salary Information

  • Librarian I or II
  • Librarian I salary floor: $55,000
  • Salary commensurate with experience.


Special Instructions to Applicants

Along with the application, please submit a resume, cover letter and contact information of three (3) professional references. The search will remain open until filled.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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