Data and Government Information Librarian

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Data and Government Information Librarian
Department Fondren Library
Full Time/Part Time Full-Time
Requisition Number S18170
Open Date 11/01/2017
Close Date
Salary Information

$55,000 minimum, with hiring salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. On occasion, duties may include obligations outside the standard business day.

Benefits Eligible Yes
Eligible for Overtime No
Position Summary

Reporting to the Head, Kelley Center for Government Information, Data and Geospatial Services, the Data and Government Information Librarian helps to lead the library’s data services, including the discovery, use, and management of locally created and externally available statistical data, and through a range of services, support the library’s membership in the FDLP. He or she conducts individual research support consultations, workshops and instruction sessions, and other programming in both areas of specialization.

Education Required Master's Degree
Concentration / Degree Type

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school, and/or a master’s degree or other advanced degree in a data intensive discipline with significant data experience.

Substitution for Education Requirement
Education Preferred
Experience Required 1 year
Type of Experience

- At least one year experience in a library or research setting.
- Demonstrated knowledge of US federal and proprietary data sources.
- Demonstrated knowledge of data information literacy competencies.
- Experience providing training sessions and consultations in a research or library setting.
- Experience building relationships in an academic setting, and/or working with/supporting students and faculty in academic departments via outreach, research assistance, or teaching.
- Understanding of issues and trends in the communication and publication of research data.

Substitution for Experience Requirement

None.

Experience Preferred

- Knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to data management/curation, including format migration, preservation, metadata, data retrieval, and use issues.
- Demonstrated knowledge of ICPSR and IPUMS.
- Experience working with US federal government documents, including print, web, and data sources.
- Understanding of issues and trends related to the Federal Depository Library Program.

License/Certification Required
License/Certification Preferred
Skills Required

- Experience using one or more proprietary or open-source statistical software packages (R, SPSS, Stata, SAS, or Python) for data analysis and visualization.

Skills Preferred
Internal / External Contacts

Daily contact with faculty, students, and researchers across campus to support their research and study.

Physical Demands

Use of computer.

Working Conditions

Occasional night or weekend.

Security Sensitive Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/12136

Job Duties

Job Duty Name Data Services
Description of Job Duty

- Support research and scholarship for those seeking governmental, open, or proprietary data sources through consultation, instruction, and outreach.
- Build and promote library data collections and services in support of research and curricula across campus.
- Provide support to faculty implementing data-driven assignments through consultations and training sessions on data sources and data information literacy skills.
- Provide in-depth research consultations in quantitative data collection, analysis, and visualization.
- Serve as a representative to the Inter-Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR).

Percentage of Time 50
Job Duty Name Government Information Services
Description of Job Duty

- Support research and scholarship throughout the University using all formats of governmental information, at the state, federal, and international level through consultation, training sessions, and outreach.
- Provide in-depth research consultations on government information resources.
- Contribute to the FDLP requirements through reference, training sessions, and collection development of government information in all formats, with particular attention to the topic of digital preservation.
- Contribute to the national initiatives regarding federal data preservation and access.

Percentage of Time 40
Job Duty Name Professional Activities
Description of Job Duty

- Participates in library-wide, university, and national committees as appropriate

Percentage of Time 10

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school, and/or a master’s degree or other advanced degree in a data intensive discipline with significant data experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have one or more years experience in a library or research setting?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have experience in using one or more proprietary or open-source statistical software packages (R, SPSS, Stata, SAS or Python) for data analysis and visualization?
    • Yes
    • No