About the Position:
- Field of Specialization: Research Support Services
- Academic Unit: Maxwell MacOdrum Library
- Category of Appointment: Term Appointment
- Rank/Position Title: Data Services Librarian
- Start Date: October 1, 2023
- Closing Date: August 10, 2023
Reporting to the Department Head, Research Support Services, the Data Services Librarian participates as a team member within one of the Research Support Services Subject Teams and is also a member of the Data Services Group. The incumbent participates in the design and delivery of library data services 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. Working closely with the Data Services Group, as well as with colleagues within the Department and across the library, the incumbent develops, manages, and delivers library services related to data as well as research data management.
The Data Services Librarian is a member of the CUASA bargaining unit.
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 Council of University Libraries and the Canadian Research Knowledge Network.
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, government, or research centre experience preferred, with emphasis on public service.
Review of applications will begin on August 10, 2023, 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 OUL@cunet.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.
Please 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 in this area.
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.
CARLETON UNIVERSITY JOB DESCRIPTION
Revised: June 2023
POSITION TITLE: Data Services Librarian
DEPARTMENT: Research Support Services, MacOdrum Library
Reporting to the Department Head, Research Support Services, the Data Services Librarian participates as a team member within one of the Research Support Services Subject Teams and is also a member of the Data Services Group. The incumbent participates in the design and delivery of library data services 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. Working closely with the Data Services Group, as well as with colleagues within the Department and across the Library, the incumbent develops, manages, and delivers library services related to data as well as research data management.
The Data Services Librarian is a member of the CUASA bargaining unit.
- Reports administratively and functionally to the Head, Research Support Services. 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. 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. 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.
- Participates in one of the three Subject Teams in the department as a team member. Attends other team meetings periodically to communicate activities and information about Data Services.
- Works collaboratively with the Data Services Group and with other functional librarians (e.g., Scholarly Communications and Research Engagement, 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 in Library-wide task forces and working groups, and represents the organization at appropriate local, regional, national, and international forums.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provides specialized 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, as well as on data collection and research data management issues.
- Works with the Carleton University Research Data Centre’s Academic Director and Analyst to ensure seamless service between public use microdata and confidential Statistics Canada data in the RDC. Maintains an awareness of 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.
- Works with departmental colleagues and staff in other library departments to provide services to all academic departments supported by the Carleton University Library.
- 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 Technology Services staff and other IT groups on campus 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 Services Group, 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.
- Makes progress 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.
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, government, or research centre experience preferred, with emphasis on public service.