Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Data Services Librarian

Position and Responsibilities:
Georgia State University Library seeks a recent MLS graduate or early career professional to serve as a Data Services Librarian to select, acquire and deliver statistical data in support of research and teaching. The successful candidate will be a collegial, innovative librarian who will be a resource specialist for data in the social sciences, GIS, and government information. The Data Services Librarian will also develop collections and support research and teaching for the Department of Criminal Justice.

Reporting to the Head of Liaison & Outreach Services, the successful candidate will build collections and provide access to social sciences statistical data collections and government document data sets, including U.S. Bureau of the Census. The Data Services Librarian will be responsible for identifying, locating, selecting, acquiring and providing access to data sets. He/she will work closely with colleagues inside and outside of the library to insure numeric data and government information is fully accessible to users. This includes conducting training sessions for librarians, students and faculty in the identification and effective use of data sets in the social sciences and other related disciplines. He/she will serve as primary liaison to ICPSR.

The successful candidate will also provide research assistance and instruction to students and faculty in the Department of Criminal Justice, including delivering quality, in-depth reference and consultation services and collection development. He/she will promote the library and information literacy in the discipline and foster communication between the department and the library.

Since its 2007 renovation, the Georgia State University Library provides one of the most attractive, open and inviting educational facilities in the Southeast. With over 1.5 million visitors this past year, the library is an integral part of the university community. It supports both teaching and research with an expansive collection and outstanding assistance. The library also exudes a new, modern image, providing the campus with an attractive, centralized location. Its signature bridge, a glass link that overlooks downtown Atlanta, connects the library’s two prominent buildings. Many appreciate the comfort of the library’s new interior design, often enjoying a coffee from the cafe located on the first floor.

Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University is one of the country’s top urban research universities. Over 28,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll each semester in six different colleges. This diverse community offers a unique cultural and intellectual atmosphere, with many opportunities to engage in stimulating activities and events. Between college sports, the performing arts and a variety of local restaurants, the campus location has it all.

For additional information about the Georgia State University Library: http://www.library.gsu.eduU
For additional information about the Department of Liaison & Outreach Services:

ALA-accredited master’s degree in information/library science. Subject background and/or relevant experience in social sciences. Experience with quantitative methods of data extraction, analysis and use. Experience with government information and data. Familiarity with numeric and periodical databases in various disciplines, such as criminal justice, sociology, business and education. Skill in the use of technology and web based applications. Excellent communication, presentation and interpersonal skills. Demonstrated interest in research and professional activities.

PREFERRED: Second Master’s Degree in a social science discipline. Experience in collection development in a social science discipline. Knowledge and ability to use GIS.

Condition of Work and Benefits
Forty-hour workweek Retirement plans include: State Teachers
Twenty-one days vacation Retirement Plan, TIAA–CREF and VALIC
Twelve paid holidays Group health and life insurance
Twelve days sick leave Social Security
Faculty rank and status Optional pre-tax benefits
Non-Tenure track Support for research and professional activities

Salary and Rank
Minimum salary of $44,000 for 12 months commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience. Appointment at a faculty rank, on a contract renewal basis.

Submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications; resume; name, address and phone number of three references, including immediate supervisor. Review of materials will begin June 1, 2009 and continue until the position is filled. Send materials to:

Human Resources Coordinator
0BUniversity Library
Georgia State University
100 Decatur Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
(404) 413-2700

Georgia State University is an equal opportunity educational institution/affirmative action employer strongly committed to cultural diversity.

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