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Dear Spectrum Community,

14th Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, the first woman and the first African American to lead the national library, will kick-off our year-long celebration of the 20th Anniversary of ALA’s Spectrum Scholarship Program at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference with a cocktail reception on Sunday June 25, 2017 from 4-6pm at 19 East Gallery in Chicago. A minimum donation of the $20 ticket purchase includes hors d'oeuvres and cash bar.

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Discussion Librarian I: Cataloging Librarian, Cranston Public Library (apply by June 2)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Thu, May 18, 2017 at 02:57 pm

CRANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
LIBRARIAN I
CATALOGING LIBRARIAN
CENTRAL LIBRARY

CRANSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
LIBRARIAN I
CATALOGING LIBRARIAN
CENTRAL LIBRARY

Come work for an award-winning library system that values a commitment to public service and supports the professional development of its library staff. The Cranston Public Library is seeking an extraordinary candidate for the position of Librarian I: Cataloging Librarian. This position is supervised by the Assistant Director. The Cataloging Librarian is responsible for the original and attach/copy cataloging of all formats of library materials for the Cranston Public Library system. This is a full time 35 hour per week union position and is located at the Central Library.

The Cranston Public Library (CPL) system consists of a central library with five branch locations. CPL serves a population of 80,000 residents and is one of the busiest public libraries in Rhode Island. In 2016 CPL received the LibraryAware Community Award and in 2015 was named Library of the Year by the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. CPL is a member of the Ocean State Libraries (OSL) consortium.
For more information on our library please visit: www.cranstonlibrary.org.
SALARY & BENEFITS
Salary Range begins at $44,070.92; $45,813.89 after a six-month probationary period.
Full benefits package including vacation, sick time, dental insurance, health insurance, life insurance and retirement plan.
STATEMENT OF DUTIES
Under general supervision of the Assistant Director, the cataloging librarian is responsible for the original- and attach- cataloging of all formats of library materials for the Central Library and its five branches. This is a full-time 35-hour per week union position.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
• Master’s Degree in Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.
• One year of experience in public library cataloging services.
• Ability to travel to required locations in a timely manner.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
• Provides exemplary customer service.
• Manages the technical services process for all materials from the placement of orders through the processing and distribution of those materials.
• Manages Technical Services department staff in maintaining technical services work flow.
• Train personnel assigned to Technical Services.
• Assists and coordinates collection processing with Adult Services and Youth Services as needed.
• Works with Ocean State Libraries (OSL) staff to conform to OSL cataloging policies.
• Monitors OSL communications for updates and changes to cataloging policies and procedures.
• Creates and maintains documentation pertaining to technical services procedures.
• Stays informed about professional and community developments affecting the library and librarianship. Participates in continuing education opportunities within and beyond the library system.
• Performs other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
• Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and tools of library science in general and cataloging, in particular.
• Knowledge of principles of AACR2, MARC 21, and Dewey classification schemes.
• Experience or training in cataloging and classification of library materials.
• Knowledge of authority control concepts and practices.
• Knowledge of RDA cataloging standards.
• Ability to manage and direct the work of others.
• Ability to function as a member of a team to achieve library goals and objectives.
• Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to take initiative in improving existing work techniques and procedures.
• Ability to push carts and bins loaded with library materials.
• Ability to reach and retrieve library materials at high and low shelf heights.
• Experience with integrated library systems.
• Excellent computer skills and knowledge of office applications.
PREFERRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
• Experience cataloging with Innovative Millennium/Sierra
• Experience using MarcEdit
• Experience with OCLC or another Cataloging Utility and/or OCLC.

This job description is intended to be a general guide to the duties and responsibilities of the job and is not intended to list every possible task that the staff member may be called upon to perform.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Resumes & cover letter received by Friday, June 2, 2017 will receive first consideration. Apply to Edward Garcia, Library Director at director@cranstonlibrary.org

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Discussion Reference and Instruction Librarian (2 positions), State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Tue, May 16, 2017 at 08:56 am

The Libraries at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota have 2 (two) positions available for full-time academic librarians (Reference & Instruction), for two of its campuses in Venice (Sarasota County) and Lakewood Ranch (Manatee County), in Florida. We are located approx. an hour south of Tampa, on the West Coast of Florida. Beautiful beaches, and no shoveling snow ever again!

The Libraries at the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota have 2 (two) positions available for full-time academic librarians (Reference & Instruction), for two of its campuses in Venice (Sarasota County) and Lakewood Ranch (Manatee County), in Florida. We are located approx. an hour south of Tampa, on the West Coast of Florida. Beautiful beaches, and no shoveling snow ever again!

We are looking for great professionals with experience in academic libraries, with energy, flexibility, and a heart to serve students of all ages in collaboration with the other librarians and staff! We also could use a little more diversity, so please help me spread the word in your circles. (Note: these are my words, not the official job announcement which is in the link below.)

Please see posts at this link: https://employment.scf.edu/postings/2068

Feel free to e-mail me with questions or also to Venice Library Supervisor, Theresa Smith-Ennis, smithet@scf.edu.

Thanks, and please share!
Alicia

--
Alicia K. Long, MLIS - 2009 Spectrum Scholar
Librarian & Educator
alicia.k.long@gmail.com

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Discussion Head of Special Collections, San Jose State University (apply by June 15)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 02:45 pm

Head of Special Collections
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San Jose State University

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. 

Head of Special Collections
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San Jose State University

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. 

The Head of Special Collections acquires, maintains, preserves, and provides access to and discovery of rich collections of rare books, photographs, artworks, political papers, digital objects, and university archival materials. 

This is a tenure-track position at the rank of Associate Librarian.  Qualifications include a minimum of five years of academic library experience and demonstrated experience managing the operations of special collections.  

The full announcement details and required qualifications can be seen at https://apply.interfolio.com/41630.  Please submit all application materials by June 15, 2017 using the Interfolio link found within the position announcement.

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Discussion Conservation Librarian, Tulane University

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 02:07 pm

Conservation Librarian
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library invites applications for the position of Conservation Librarian. The library seeks to build its professional staff by recruiting talented, energetic librarians interested in shaping the future of Tulane University and New Orleans.
Position Summary

Conservation Librarian
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library invites applications for the position of Conservation Librarian. The library seeks to build its professional staff by recruiting talented, energetic librarians interested in shaping the future of Tulane University and New Orleans.
Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, Technical Services Division, the Conservation Librarian is responsible for collaborating with various librarians and staff to identify, assess and inventory the conservation needs of library materials and ensure their appropriate treatment. They identify conservation priorities, develops plans, estimates necessary resources, and manages a workflow that appropriately leads to conservation or withdrawal of materials based on condition and other criteria. They identify and work with outside conservation vendors to provide appropriate treatments to at‐risk materials, negotiates costs and timelines, ensures proper handling, and monitors vendor performance. Supervises staff assigned to stacks management and binding. Trains staff in basic in‐house repair. Performs some intermediate conservation of materials. Performs environmental monitoring and assessment for all buildings housing library collections. Actively pursues and administers grant proposals for conservation or preservation matters. Trains staff in recovery methods for damaged materials. Serves as a resource for conservation and preservation questions. Plays a leading role on the library’s emergency recovery team. Monitors and orders disaster and conservation supplies and equipment. Actively participates in professional and scholarly associations to acquire new knowledge, update skills, and keep abreast of emerging trends and issues in preservation and conservation.

Qualifications
Required
An ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science with an emphasis in preservation or conservation and 3-5 years’ experience working in a research or academic library OR an advanced degree in conservation or materials science and 3-5 years’ experience working in a research or academic library in preservation/conservation. Experience working in a research library, special collections or archives environment. Demonstrated formal training and experience in book and paper conservation techniques. Knowledge of book and paper preservation, standards, ethics, and current trends in the field. Knowledge of conservation principles, techniques, and procedures as relating to a wide variety of materials. Experience with staff supervision and project management. Grant application experience and grant oversight experience. Strong leadership, organization, problem solving and analytic skills. Ability to work independently and with others. Experience developing, designing and/or carrying out condition surveys and conservation needs assessments. Ability to meet Level1 Core Competencies as defined here: http://library.tulane.edu/sites/library.tulane.edu/files/documents/core_...

Salary/Benefits
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Librarians are academic appointees; librarians do not have tenure or faculty rank, but in other respects receive the benefits of faculty members. Competitive benefits include a choice of health plans, tuition waiver for self, professional development and travel support, and undergraduate tuition waiver for dependents.
Environment Tulane University is an AAU/Carnegie Research Institution and ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the top fifty national universities in the United States. The university is located in beautiful uptown New Orleans, where it borders the historic St. Charles Avenue streetcar line and Audubon Park. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library is the University's main library with an ARL research collection of more than four million titles.

To Apply. To apply for this position please go to Tulane Jobs IRC11747.

To ensure full consideration, applicants must submit a letter of application, resume, and the names with full contact information of three or more professional references. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.

Tulane University is an AA/EO Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Tulane is an EOE/M/F/Vet/Disabled employer.

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Online Doc Upcoming 2017 scholarship deadlines for library and information science graduate education

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 10:52 am

Upcoming 2017 Scholarship Deadlines for Library and Information Science Graduate Students:   

Upcoming 2017 Scholarship Deadlines for Library and Information Science Graduate Students:   

Additional Scholarship Opportunities without currently posted 2017 deadlines

 

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Discussion Music Library Association Diversity Scholarship, apply by June 12

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 10:49 am

The Music Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for its first Diversity Scholarship Award. This scholarship program, funded by the membership of MLA, offers candidates from under-represented groups an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS). The goal of the scholarship program's first year is to increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within music librarianship by providing support for master’s-level LIS education.

The Music Library Association (MLA) is now accepting applications for its first Diversity Scholarship Award. This scholarship program, funded by the membership of MLA, offers candidates from under-represented groups an opportunity to pursue a master’s degree in library and information science (MLIS). The goal of the scholarship program's first year is to increase the number of underrepresented racial/ethnic minorities within music librarianship by providing support for master’s-level LIS education.

Students who have applied to or are enrolled in an MLIS program with a concentration, certificate, or courses in music librarianship are eligible to apply for the MLA Diversity Scholarship Award.

The MLA Diversity Scholarship awardee will receive:

--A tuition stipend of $2,250.

--Career guidance provided by the MLA Placement Officer and programs at the MLA Annual Meeting, in addition to the Career Advisory Service.

--Gratis student membership in MLA for one year.

--Gratis registration for the MLA annual conference.

--Automatic consideration for the MLA Kevin Freeman Travel Grant, for possible travel support to attend the MLA Annual Meeting.

To Apply

Submit:

--A personal statement (not to exceed 750 words) summarizing your musical background and interest in music librarianship.

--A curriculum vitae and three recommendation letters.

--Submit proof of enrollment to the chair of the Diversity Scholarship Award Committee upon enrollment in a Master of Library Science program.

Send materials to Michael Colby, Chair, Music Library Association Diversity Scholarship Award Committee mdcolby@ucdavis.edu

Applications received by June 12 will be given first consideration.
Further information about the award may be found at:

https://www.musiclibraryassoc.org/page/DiversityScholarship

Michael Colby
Chair, MLA Diversity Scholarship Committee
mdcolby@ucdavis.edu

 

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Discussion Principal Library, Arts and Culture Administrator, City of Glendale

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 09:36 am

Glendale is looking for a dynamic and forward-thinking Principal Administrator to join our Library, Arts & Culture management team. The Department of Library, Arts & Culture re-opened the magnificent Downtown Central library branch on Monday, May 1st to many enthusiastic patrons. This reimagined space includes a beautiful Reading Spa, innovative MakerSpace, stunning ReflectSpace exhibit, and many more amenities. The Principal Administrator will contribute to the success of this new space, as well as our seven other unique and busy library branches.

Glendale is looking for a dynamic and forward-thinking Principal Administrator to join our Library, Arts & Culture management team. The Department of Library, Arts & Culture re-opened the magnificent Downtown Central library branch on Monday, May 1st to many enthusiastic patrons. This reimagined space includes a beautiful Reading Spa, innovative MakerSpace, stunning ReflectSpace exhibit, and many more amenities. The Principal Administrator will contribute to the success of this new space, as well as our seven other unique and busy library branches.

The City of Glendale spans approximately 30.6 square miles with a current population of 194,478 people (US Census). Located minutes away from downtown Los Angeles, Pasadena, Burbank, Hollywood, and Universal City, Glendale is the fourth largest city in Los Angeles County and is surrounded by Southern California’s leading commercial districts. Businesses and residents alike have taken advantage of Glendale’s central location, reputation for safety, excellent business environment, outstanding schools, state-of-the-art healthcare facilities and growing restaurant and entertainment options.

For more information and to apply, please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/jobs?keyword=principal+administrator&loca....

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Discussion Community Engagement Librarian 1, Madison Public Library (apply by June 11)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 09:28 am

MADISON, CITY OF (WI)
invites applications for the position of:
Community Engagement Librarian 1 - Sequoya

SALARY: $2,002.66 /BiWeekly
COMP. GROUP/RANGE: 33/01
JOB TYPE: PERMANENT FULL TIME 
DEPARTMENT: Library 
OPENING DATE: 05/11/17 
CLOSING DATE: 06/11/17 11:59 PM 

MADISON, CITY OF (WI)
invites applications for the position of:
Community Engagement Librarian 1 - Sequoya

SALARY: $2,002.66 /BiWeekly
COMP. GROUP/RANGE: 33/01
JOB TYPE: PERMANENT FULL TIME 
DEPARTMENT: Library 
OPENING DATE: 05/11/17 
CLOSING DATE: 06/11/17 11:59 PM 

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:
Important:
• There are two (2) supplemental essay questions on the job posting.
• Applications received without attached essay responses will immediately be eliminated from consideration.
• Attach your written response in the attachment section of your application.
• To view the questions, click on the Supplemental Question tab OR view the bottom section of the job bulletin

Women and people of color are encouraged to apply

Madison Public Library (MPL) is a dynamic organization that actively embraces the changing role of libraries, and was awarded the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Our new Central Library opened in 2013, featuring a fully equipped media lab, gigabit connectivity, ample meeting rooms, and our critically acclaimed Bubbler program which has since been able to expand through major grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Our eight neighborhood libraries have similarly embraced new services and technology, such as our Meadowridge Library's community kitchen that supports youth nutrition and food preparation programs. Employment at MPL means working alongside talented people who are deeply committed to service and making a difference in people's lives. Our outstanding and collegial workforce is highly valued by the community, and includes staff members who have received national recognition or awards for their work. We value and support diverse perspectives, intellectual freedom, learning in all forms, collaboration, and innovation.

This position is responsible professional library work, based at the Sequoya Library in the heart of Madison's west side. Madison's largest Neighborhood Library, Sequoya averages more than 32,000 visitors per month. Your role will be to develop and implement library programs and services both within and outside the library that celebrate ideas, promote creativity, connect people and enrich lives. You'll provide leadership and coordination in neighborhood library operations, including work activities of staff, facilities and technology needs, assisting in the hiring of staff, and recruiting and coordinating adult volunteers.

You'll engage deeply with the community, and provide reference service, reader's advisory, and basic technology assistance to diverse customers of all ages. You'll promote literacy, reading and awareness of library resources, fostering a positive image for the library as you work to identify and meet the needs of the community. You'll be a community leader, working cooperatively with residents, community organizations, and other City of Madison employees to ensure that Madison is a safe and healthy place to live, work, learn and play.

You may be assigned to a variety of library programs, services and functions at locations throughout the community necessitating judgment and discretion in their development and implementation. You may lead and/or coordinate staff as assigned. You will actively participate in the development and maintenance of library collections, by evaluating collections and exercising professional judgment in recommending and/or purchasing library materials; and/or in removing outdated or unwanted materials. Work is performed under the general supervision of a Librarian 3 or Library Supervisor.

Apply via http://www.cityofmadison.com/jobs 

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Discussion Digital Scholarship Librarian, NYU Division of Libraries (apply by June 16)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 09:24 am

NYU Libraries is hiring a Digital Scholarship Librarian. Come live in amazing NYC and work with me and my colleagues!

NYU Libraries is hiring a Digital Scholarship Librarian. Come live in amazing NYC and work with me and my colleagues!

Job details are here: https://apply.interfolio.com/42029. It's a faculty, non-tenure track position. Not exactly entry-level but if you've got experience doing stuff in school, please don't rule yourself out. I'm not on the search committee, so feel free to contact me with ANY questions you have about this position, NYU, playing up your transferable skills, etc. I'm the co-chair of our Diversity & Inclusion Working Group (aren't we all?) and can give you the full scoop. Would love to have more scholars here! 

Best,

April Hathcock,
Scholarly Communication Librarian | NYU
2012 Spectrum Scholar
april.hathcock@nyu.edu

NYU Division of Libraries seeks a Digital Scholarship Librarian to support the service portfolio of our Digital Scholarship Services team. The ideal candidate will provide client service, technical expertise, training, and support for tools and practices used by faculty and researchers engaged with digital scholarship and publishing, with a particular focus on the digital humanities. The candidate will join a highly collaborative team comprised of members from throughout NYU Libraries and NYU Information Technology Services, including Data Services, Scholarly Communication, Digital Library Technology Services, Digital Studio, Libraries’ subject specialists, and the NYU Abu Dhabi and Shanghai Libraries.

This position reports to the Head of Digital Scholarship Services and will also work under the guidance of the Program Officer for Digital Scholarly Publishing. This position is a non-tenure-track faculty appointment.

The mission of the Digital Scholarship Services is to provide engaging, responsive, and human-centered services connecting the global NYU community to the resources they need for digital scholarship and publishing. In support of that mission, the Digital Scholarship Librarian will work with the team to:

  • Act as primary service contact for NYU’s DSpace institutional repository, the Faculty Digital Archive.
  • Advise patrons on website development, including content production, website architecture, hosting platforms, content migration, etc.
  • Provide consultation for digital publishing software and methods, including WordPress, Omeka, ARTstor/Shared Shelf, open access, and open educational resources
  • Help scholars use common digital humanities tools and methods, such as text analysis; web scraping; GIS; scanning and OCR; data visualization; audio and video production; etc.
  • Provide training in digital scholarship tools and methods.
  • Manage projects to deploy new tools and services.
  • Advise on metadata creation related to publishing and repository services.
  • Evaluate user needs and service gaps; test new tools, platforms, and software with an eye to potential deployment at NYU; stay current on tools, trends, and methods to enhance services.
  • Participate in outreach and promotional events, maintain our web presence for digital scholarship services using social media, etc.

New York University Libraries:  Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.   New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to http://library.nyu.edu/about/Strategic_Plan.pdf

NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusion.  

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent and 2 years’ relevant experience in an academic environment supporting Digital Scholarship, Digital Humanities, or related areas such as repository services, digital publishing, or scholarly communication; or equivalent combination of education and relevant library experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Evidence of strong public service orientation and experience
  • Knowledge of digital scholarly technologies and methods, and experience supporting information technology and training
  • Experience with or knowledge of the digital humanities
  • Must have experience in two or more of the following areas: web publishing platforms (e.g. WordPress, Omeka), repository tools (e.g. DSpace, Fedora), using project management skills, teaching in academic setting, and HTML/CSS. 

Preferred:

  • Second master’s degree in relevant subject area
  • Data curation and metadata use in libraries or digital humanities contexts
  • Tools and techniques such as text analysis, web scraping, GIS, media digitization (images, audio, video), data visualization
  • Some knowledge of programming and scripting languages (e.g., Python, R, JavaScript, Ruby, MySQL, PHP)
  • Experience with or knowledge of social media and tools for outreach

Salary/Benefits:  Non-tenure-track faculty status and an attractive benefits package, including five weeks annual vacation. Salary is commensurate with experience and background.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

To ensure consideration, submit your CV and letter of application, including the name, address, telephone number, and email of three professional references via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/42029 
Preference will be given to applications submitted by June 16th. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

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Discussion Data Services Librarian, UMass Amherst (apply by June 12)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, May 15, 2017 at 09:20 am

Another job posting in the northeast, this one at UMass Amherst in the WEB DuBois Library. C'mon, who wouldn't want to say they work at the WEB DuBois Library!

It's a data services position that requires a fair amount of experience (about 5 years), but again, if you've got some pre- or during library school experience, that could count.

Another job posting in the northeast, this one at UMass Amherst in the WEB DuBois Library. C'mon, who wouldn't want to say they work at the WEB DuBois Library!

It's a data services position that requires a fair amount of experience (about 5 years), but again, if you've got some pre- or during library school experience, that could count.

You'd be working a lot with Laura Quilter, my colleague and friend, who would be more than happy to answer any questions. She's not on the search committee and can talk frankly. Let me know if you're interested, and I'll put you in touch with her.

~April Hathcock, 2012 Spectrum Scholar (april.hathcock@nyu.edu

Data Services Librarian
Librarian III or IV

UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450 acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

As the largest publicly-funded library system in New England, the UMass Amherst Libraries are key partners in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Libraries are recognized internationally as leaders in such areas as Open Education Resources and Scholarly Communications, and in the development of innovative student spaces including a variety of Learning Commons and the first large-scale 3D printing center in a university library anywhere. The main library building, the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, is the tallest academic library structure in the world, named for the Massachusetts native, founder of the NAACP, and life-long scholar on the subject of social change, and is home to the Du Bois Papers, a 100,000+ item collection. Supporting freedom of inquiry, the Libraries foster a diverse and inclusive environment in which to engage with ideas and acquire the critical skills necessary for lifelong learning.

The UMass Amherst Libraries seek a dynamic and innovative Data Services Librarian. The incumbent will lead the UMass Amherst Libraries’ efforts to support faculty, researchers, and students in the management of their research data throughout the research life-cycle; coordinate instruction sessions related to research data management for faculty, researchers, and students; provide consultations with researchers and research groups in partnership with subject librarians; and develop partnerships with key university stakeholders, including UMass Amherst’s Office of Research and Engagement and Information Technology as well as external institutions.
Example of Duties:
1. Provide support and instruction in the use of tools, technologies, and methods to transform, manage, analyze, share, preserve, and present research data to faculty, researchers, and students;
2. Coordinate instruction sessions related to research data management for faculty, researchers, and students. Lead efforts to educate and empower subject librarians to provide research data management services;
3. Design a sustainable framework for providing services such as assistance with data management plans for grant applications, workshops on data management, and online self-help;
4. Provide consultations with researchers and research groups in partnership with subject librarians regarding research data management planning, metadata, and other related topics;
5. Work with the Institutional Repository Librarian on issues related to including research data in the Institutional Repository;
6. Develop partnerships with relevant university stakeholders, including UMass Amherst’s Office of Research and Engagement, Information Technology, and external institutions;
7. Serve as liaison to UMass Amherst’s Office of Research & Engagement and Information Technology on data management initiatives;
8. Work collaboratively with campus stakeholders, including compliance officers, to develop information policies, services, and infrastructure to enable faculty and students to preserve and make available their research data according to legal and regulatory requirements;
9. Support campus efforts to preserve and protect institutional information and research data using best practices in information management, privacy, and security;
10. Work with UMass Amherst Libraries’ departments and technical experts to develop infrastructures and services that enhance access to data;
11. Formally assess campus-wide data management needs and current support services and activities for continuous improvement;
12. Monitor changes in data management policy issues and keep current on trends and best practices that impact the University and the Libraries;
13. Maintain an awareness of current tools and methodologies for computationally centered, data-driven research (data mining, visualization, text mining, etc.);
14. Maintain awareness of subject or disciplinary repositories of potential interest to the UMass Amherst community;
15. May be asked to represent the Libraries at Five College Committees and Boston Library Consortium Committees, or other selected professional meetings and conferences;
16. Participate in library-wide task forces and committees;
17. Understand and contribute to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity;
18. Understand responsibilities with respect to conflicts of interest and behave in ways consistent both with law and with University policy;
19. Use access to sensitive and/or not yet public university related information only in the performance of the responsibilities of position and exercise care to prevent unnecessary disclosure to others;
20. Use data and assessment techniques to support evidence-based changes to services, programs, and the user experience;
21. Oversee the accurate and timely availability of documentation for all procedures and processes;
22. Perform other related duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the Library and the department.

Required Qualifications:
1. Master’s degree in library science – or equivalent degree – from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or its appropriate equivalent in librarianship from another country, or have appropriate equivalent experience.
2. Minimum of five (5) years of relevant experience providing data management services to users in an academic setting.
3. Demonstrated knowledge of data management practices, data curation practices, and preservation principles and practices.
4. Understanding of research process as demonstrated by academic or work experience.
5. Demonstrated knowledge of issues & technical challenges related to data management/curation, including format migration, preservation, metadata, data retrieval, and use issues.
6. Ability to maintain knowledge on a broad range of data repositories, including submission requirements, intellectual property, and use arrangements, and provide guidance on repository selection for deposit.
7. Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and/or facilitate workflow.
8. Experience working with DMPTool (or similar tools) to prepare management plans.
9. Experience working with researchers and administrators in an academic environment.
10. Familiarity with data sharing policies for U.S. federally funded research and emerging best practices for compliance with funder requirements.
11. Demonstrated awareness of issues related to privacy and confidentiality for human subjects research and other research involving protected data.
12. Familiarity with digital repository systems, such as Fedora/Hydra, DSpace, Islandora, Archivematica, or others.
13. Evidence of the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; strong analytical and organizational skills.
14. Ability to manage time and multiple projects in a complex, changing environment with a positive, flexible, creative, and innovative attitude.
15. Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of staff and students.
16. Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment, including remaining calm under pressure.
17. Ability to contribute toward creating a positive and respectful workplace, defined by personal and professional competence, integrity, and collaboration.
18. Strong service orientation and the ability to meet the public graciously and tactfully. Strong customer service attitude and initiative.
19. Understanding and contribution to implementation of departmental and institutional goals for achieving non-discrimination, and creating a respectful, inclusive environment that is supportive of diversity.

Preferred:
1. Experience that includes cross-disciplinary subject knowledge and research background in data management in one or more areas of science, social sciences, or humanities.
2. Coursework or certification in data management, curation, or preservation.

SALARY COMMENSURATE WITH SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Application Instructions:
Please apply online at http://umass.interviewexchange.com/candapply.jsp?JOBID=84149 and submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information (phone and email) for three professional references by June 12, 2017 for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is strongly committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. As part of a commitment to its own multicultural community, the Library seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace University initiatives and aspirations. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities, and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

 

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This Community brings together past and present recipients of ALA's Spectrum Scholarship and other library diversity recruitment initiatives to support the active involvement of new professionals in ALA and their communities, to build connections between Scholars across the country for their mutual support and advancement, and to facilitate ongoing professional development and leadership opportunities supporting retention in the field. All are welcome to join!

Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA's national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of under-representation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future.

 

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