Data Science Librarian, Williams College

By IS Lab August 18, 2021

Williams College

Williams Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, user-centered educator to join the Research Services department as Data Science Librarian. In this newly-defined position, the Data Science Librarian will enhance the library’s information literacy initiative by bringing a focus on data literacy. You will help students develop data literacy skills and support data-intensive courses and departments. As liaison librarian, you will guide students and faculty on research methods and resources, teach library instruction sessions, and develop library collections. This is a full-time, year-round appointment, reporting to the Head of Research Services and Library Outreach.

The Research Services department supports the college’s academic mission by providing research assistance and teaching information literacy skills. We are dedicated to innovation and proactive user-driven services, and we value collegiality and collaboration. We believe in meeting students where they are in their information-seeking journey and helping them grow into empowered, information-literate citizens.

Job Responsibilities

  • Design services and programs to support data literacy for undergraduate students by Developing and implementing training on data science research methods, tools, and best practices
  • Guiding librarians on ways  to integrate data literacy in their library instruction
  • Working to raise awareness of data literacy, data resources and services provided by the library
  • Support data-intensive courses and assignments across the disciplines byProviding guidance to students/faculty on data research, analysis, interpretation and visualization
  • Collaborating with instructional technologists, digital humanities and quantitative skills colleagues on data support
  • Consulting on students’ data-intensive extracurricular projects
  • Contribute to the development of a Data Science program (a College’s strategic priority)
  • Help students in these departments develop as scholars by teaching them library research skills
  • Teach instruction sessions aligned with ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
  • Work with faculty to develop library services and collections that support their teaching and research
  • Partner with instruction technologists to provide coordinated support to faculty
  • Supports the general research needs of the Williams community by staffing the research help services (in person and online)
  • Participate in all Research Services’ initiatives and programs and work on library’s and college’s teams and committees as relevant
  • Maintain awareness of evolving trends, tools and methods within data science, data literacy, and related areas, and to contribute to national, regional, and/or local associations and professional groups

Job Qualifications

  • A Master’s degree is required. While we anticipate that many applicants will have an ALA accredited master’s in library/information science, we are also interested in folks with a relevant mix of education and experience
  • Familiarity with data and digital humanities tools such SPSS, SAS, STATA, Nvivo, R/RStudio, Python, Javascript, and associated libraries for data analysis and visualization
  • Knowledge of data research methods, sources of data (public and proprietary), data rights
  • Experience working with quantitative and/or qualitative data
  • Teaching experience and interest in working with undergraduate students
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, data ethics/justice
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented organization
  • Experience in higher education or academic librarianship would be beneficial but is not required
  • Shares our passion for working with students and faculty and for teaching information/data literacy
  • Embraces our commitment to critical pedagogy, data ethics/justice and action-oriented ways to further diversity, equity, and inclusion through their work
  • Welcomes the opportunities offered by this newly-created position: shaping the library’s first data literacy program and contributing to the development of the college’s new Data Science program.
  • Thrives in a small, relationship-driven academic environment
  • Excited to work with students who are broadly diverse with regard to gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, and other dimensions of diversity

To apply through our website and help us get to know you by addressing the following questions in your cover letter:

What is your information/data literacy philosophy?
How would you ground your work as Data Science Librarian in DEIA principles?
How have you explored and adapted new technologies/methodologies to progress your work?
How does teaching / helping others to use data align with your interests?