Research Data Librarian, Digital Schoalrship Services, University of Pittsburgh

The Research Data Librarian is a full-time Librarian position in the ULS Digital Scholarship Services unit, responsible for providing support and expertise to faculty, students, and researchers engaged in research data management planning, data acquisition, data sharing, and long-term data stewardship. This position emphasizes collaborating with faculty and graduate students in the sciences and social sciences, but may support data practices and literacies in a wide variety of disciplines and with other populations. The Research Data Librarian will also work within ULS to coordinate data education, curation, and consultation activities. The position facilitates and is supported by the library’s existing cross-organizational Research Data Management team, made up of liaison librarians, archivists, and staff working in areas that contribute to data management. In this forward-facing and highly collaborative position, the Research Data Librarian draws on a broad knowledge of research data management and stewardship, communicates clearly and effectively with researchers and colleagues, and monitors and creatively responds to emerging researcher data needs. Through consults, training, advocacy, and collaborative initiatives, the Research Data Librarian supports data practices across many phases of research and learning. The position reports to the Digital Scholarship Librarian.


    • Educating members of the campus community about data management practices and theory, consulting with individuals and teams, and performing outreach in order to position the library as a collaborator in managing research data
    • Promoting the value of responsible data practices and reproducibility, emphasizing foundational considerations of privacy, ethics, attribution, and documentation when working with data
    • Supporting data literacies alongside the other members of the Digital Scholarship Services unit, particularly for research that makes use of data-intensive processes or which has specialized data management needs
    • Coordinating research data management support within ULS by leading the library’s cross-organizational Research Data Management team, made up of liaison librarians, archivists, and staff working in areas that contribute to data management
    • Coordinating with the ULS Metadata and Discoverability unit to provide metadata and ontology support for datasets
      Working with the Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing to foster Open Scholarship initiatives, focusing on research transparency, reproducibility, availability, and openness
    • Assisting researchers in meeting data management and sharing requirements of funders and publishers, for example through applications such as DMPTool
    • Supporting preparation and deposit of datasets in repositories, including D-Scholarship@Pitt, the ULS-hosted institutional repository for the University of Pittsburgh
    • Building and maintaining relationships with other University units supporting research data management, including the Health Sciences Library System, Center for Research Computing, Pitt Information Technology, Office of Research, and others

Librarians at the University of Pittsburgh are members of the faculty and are expected to demonstrate continuous professional development in addition to performing their specific responsibilities.  This expectation includes such activities as participating in and contributing to departmental, library and campus-wide committees or working groups as well as the profession at a regional, national, and/or international level, maintaining a broad awareness of current and emerging issues that affect their particular areas of expertise, participating in relevant publishing and presentation opportunities, and pursuing knowledge of professional trends and developments that can be applied to evolving research, services and collections.


    • Master’s degree or higher in library or information science or other relevant discipline
    • Academic background or relevant experience in the sciences or social sciences
    • Knowledge of research processes and the role of data within contemporary research and scholarship
    • Familiarity with foundational concepts of metadata, data formats, and systems for managing and sharing research data
    • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, to communicate well with various people in different contexts, to teach concepts and practical skills, and to successfully manage projects

The University of Pittsburgh Library System

The University of Pittsburgh’s University Library System ( is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and contains over 4.7 million print and electronic volumes, including access to over 300,000 journals and 570 databases. The University Library System (ULS) consists of 14 libraries and employs 75 faculty librarians and 103 staff. In addition to the ULS, the University of Pittsburgh includes libraries for the health sciences and law school.

The ULS stands at the center of intellectual life at the University of Pittsburgh, fostering connections and knowledge creation and dissemination that help faculty, students, and researchers from around the world to excel in research, scholarship and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, innovative Open Access publishing, and user-centered focus.

The ULS has recently enacted a major organizational realignment and is currently aggressively hiring in many areas of strategic priority, including research support, digital scholarship and creation, entrepreneurship and innovation, as we are repositioning our services to respond to and anticipate changes in research, teaching, and learning. We are also in the midst of a top-to-bottom renovation of Hillman Library, the central library of the University of Pittsburgh campus which saw 1.9 million visitors in FY17.  The reinvented Hillman ( will be a light-filled home to spaces, from vibrant to serene, for digital making and exploration, showcasing unique collections, advancing academic study, and fostering energetic, collaborative exchange.

This is an exciting time to join the Pitt library system and contribute to envisioning the library of the future.

The University of Pittsburgh

Founded in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh ( is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. Today Pitt is an internationally recognized center of learning and research, strong in the arts and sciences and the professions. Pitt serves approximately 32,000 students, including more than 9,000 graduate students, in the 16 schools at the Pittsburgh campus and the four regional campuses. Pitt attracts, on average, more than $700 million in research funding every year.  It is also one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright students and scholars for the 2017-18 academic year (according to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs), and is among only 16 institutions in the country to be named a top producer in both the Fulbright U.S. Student and Scholar programs.  In 2018, for the second consecutive year, the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education College Rankings named Pitt as the best public university in the Northeastern United States.

The City of Pittsburgh

The city of Pittsburgh is located in the foothills of the Allegheny Mountains in Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States, Pittsburgh is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education, and technological resources.  Additional information on the city of Pittsburgh can be found at:


Commensurate with experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including one month vacation per year; Medical plans; TIAA/ Vanguard; and tuition assistance. Successful candidate will meet the criteria for appointment at the rank of Librarian I or II, and will be hired on an initial 3-year renewable contract. For further information, please see:

To apply

Submit letter of application and CV with the names/addresses/phone numbers of three professional references via email to:  Sharon McMasters, Personnel Coordinator  (

Visa sponsorship is not offered with this position.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled; primary consideration will be given to those received by June 28, 2019.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Equal Opportunity Employer — Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled

Research Librarian I, American Federation of State, County, & Municipal Employees


Department: Research & Collective Bargaining Services
Location: Washington, D.C.
Grade:  United Staff Union — Grade 8
Salary:  Starts at $72,447 with union-negotiated wage/step increases.
Benefits: List of benefits

To be considered
Please send an email with an attached cover letter and resume using the Apply button. Include the position title, and if you are a current member of an AFSCME Local, in the subject line of your email.

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. However, we strongly encourage applying before June 28, 2019.

Duties, Requirements and Desired Qualifications

This position is responsible for providing information and research services to union staff and leadership. The ideal candidate will be adept at: selecting and distributing news and other relevant information for a targeted audience, researching, analyzing, and disseminating information from diverse sources in response to patron requests, contributing to the management, organization, and assessment of the library collection, and providing outreach and instruction services for users of the Information Center.


Curates and assembles a daily email newsletter from a wide variety of sources, comprehensively covering key developments in topics of interest to AFSCME.
Researches, retrieves, analyzes and disseminates information from electronic and print sources in response to reference requests.
Synthesizes research findings into structured, digestible reports for a variety of audiences.
Assists with collection management responsibilities including cataloging, identifying and evaluating potential acquisitions, shelving and weeding the collection.
Performs outreach and instructional services for staff and provides access, assistance and support for Information Center resources.
Researches, selects and independently assembles and distributes articles for AFSCME Information Center blogs.
Creates fact sheets, user guides, and other documentation on internal and external electronic communications to foster user self-sufficiency.
Conducts presentations or instructional sessions for internal and external audiences.
Remains knowledgeable on issues affecting AFSCME members.
May supervise clerical support staff.
Performs other general duties as assigned.

Education and Experience Requirements

Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university; an advanced degree in library or information science is strongly preferred, and three to five years of experience in a library or similar setting which provides the following skills.

Skills Requirements

Ability to identify requestors’ needs through use of reference interviews and craft effective search strategies to address those needs.
Ability to synthesize research findings and write clear, organized reports of research results based on the identified information need.
Skilled in the use of digital technologies and experienced with electronic library information systems, databases and other information management and retrieval tools.
Ability to perform sound research and make logical conclusions.
Ability to evaluate, abstract and analyze data and technical information from diverse sources.
Knowledge of library administration principles.
Experience with knowledge and information management principles, strategies and technologies.
Ability to develop positive working relationships with colleagues and Information Center users.
Ability to effectively manage multiple demands and deadlines and to balance short- and long-term priorities.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Commitment to AFSCME’s mission.

Desired Qualifications

Working knowledge of advanced search logic techniques and optimal usage of complex legal, business and news databases.
Experience with library technical services including administration of OPAC software or other discovery systems and knowledge of metadata and cataloging standards.
Familiarity with data and information management technologies such as content management system administration, HTML, digital asset management and relational database structures.
Interest in labor relations and public sector institutions, law and policy issues.

AFSCME is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, does not discriminate an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification protected from discrimination under applicable law.


Full employer-paid health insurance for employee and family, including major medical, hospitalization, prescription drugs, vision, dental and orthodontia
Health insurance for domestic partners
Paid short term disability
Paid long term disability
Defined benefit pension plan (jointly paid)
401(k) savings plan
Full employer-paid life insurance and accidental death benefits
3 weeks earned vacation per year
12 days earned sick leave per year
12 paid holidays per year
Holiday release between Christmas and New Year’s Day with pay
Tuition assistance reimbursement plan
Dependent care assistance plan (flexible spending account)

Union Membership

Employees filling a United Staff Union bargaining unit position are required to join the union and pay membership dues.


Data Team Member, Summer 2019, American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project

The American Excavations at Morgantina: Contrada Agnese Project (AEM:CAP)  is looking for someone to join our Data Team for the Summer 2019 Season (July 6-28). The CAP Data Team is primarily responsible for integrating thousands of data points into project databases, allowing us to nimbly track the progress of our research in real-time. Day-to-day activities involve syncing various local instances of the database with the master file, working closely with members of the geospatial team regarding the integration of topographical data, processing legacy data archives, and networking with various project teams to make sure that their technical needs are being met. This would be a great opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about digital data management in the field, an all too often hidden aspect of the archaeological process.

For more information, please contact the CAP Data Supervisor, Dr. Leigh Anne Lieberman.

Senior Assistant Librarian, Data Management, Cal Poly Pomona

The Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) University Library seeks an innovative, knowledgeable, service-oriented Data Management Librarian to begin Fall 2019.

The Data Management Librarian understands the importance of data in relation to academic research, campus metrics, ethics, privacy, and access to information. This person will strategically build good data management practices from within the library and outward, to help our users engage more broadly in their respective fields. This person will communicate the importance of ethical data practices to prepare our users for work in various fields and inspire them to act responsibly as information citizens. Additionally, this person will enhance the co-curricular experience by promoting evidence-based research, understandable and repeatable data practices, and use international and national data standards so that our students and faculty will be able to demonstrate their research to the world in a powerful way.

Faculty status at Cal Poly Pomona requires excellence in teaching and advising, professional and scholarly achievements, and a commitment to service to the university.  In addition, librarians at Cal Poly Pomona participate in reference, instruction and subject liaison responsibilities. Applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and a commitment to diversity in higher education are particularly encouraged to apply.

Data Librarian (Tenure-Track)

The University Libraries at Western Michigan University seeks candidates for the position of Data Librarian. This exciting new opportunity supports Western Michigan University’s commitment to be a learner centered, discovery driven, and globally engaged institution by supporting campus efforts in three key areas: cultivating and participating in campus research collaborations, consulting with researchers, and delivering educational programming.

The Data Librarian will lead new library efforts to support the emerging data needs for a wide range of stakeholders, such as campus researchers, students, and the Office of the Vice President for Research. This new role will define the future of data services within WMU libraries, work to identify campus needs, and develop a new service portfolio to assist the campus community on how to better use, manage, communicate, and preserve data. The Librarian will develop new partnerships to increase the visibility and usability of data resources, support scholarly communications, and deliver instruction on best and emerging practices.

As a tenure track, fiscal-year (12 month) appointment, the Librarian will report to the Associate Dean for Resources and Digital Strategies and work as a team member in the Research Services Department. This innovative new area is responsible for the curation, preservation, and promotion of specialized collections, planning and executing digital projects, and providing research and educational services to support of specific program areas. The position will participate in library-wide activities and committees and may also supervise staff.

In support of the Libraries’ commitment to professional development, the Librarian will enjoy many opportunities to develop a professional record. Travel funding will be provided, with support for presenting at conferences, publishing in professional publications, and developing leadership experience.

A master’s degree from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or an international equivalent as identified by ALA is required. Candidates with advanced graduate coursework or professional experience are encouraged to apply.

Please visit for further information regarding the position requirements and application procedures. Review of applications will begin February 11, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

The position will be based on Western Michigan University’s main campus in Kalamazoo, MI. The expected start date is summer 2019.

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities.

Western Michigan University is located midway between Chicago and Detroit in the vibrant community of Kalamazoo, Michigan. Known as a center for innovative health sciences research and the home of two nationally-ranked institutions of higher learning—Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College—Kalamazoo enjoys being a center for higher education and the sixth largest metropolitan area in Michigan. Kalamazoo is home of the nationally recognized Kalamazoo Promise, where graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo offers a wealth of cultural and recreational activities, including numerous outdoor recreation activities, unique commerce and shopping, and numerous cultural organizations. For more information, please visit:

Western Michigan University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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Data Management Librarian, Senior Assistant (Tenure-Track)

The Cal Poly Pomona (CPP) University Library seeks an innovative, knowledgeable, service-oriented Data Management Librarian to begin Fall 2019. At Cal Poly Pomona we cultivate success through a diverse culture of experiential learning, discovery, and innovation. This Data Management Librarian understands the importance of data in relation to academic research, campus metrics, ethics, privacy, and access to information. This person will strategically build good data management practices from within the library and outward, to help our users engage more broadly in their respective fields. Additionally, this person will enhance the co-curricular experience by promoting evidence-based research, understandable and repeatable data practices, and use of international and national data standards so that our students and faculty will be able to demonstrate their research to the world in a powerful way.