Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Data Services Librarian

Position Description: Reporting to the Head, Digital Library Services, the Data Services Librarian specializes in transforming source data and metadata for online use and reuse. This individual will collaborate in the design and implementation of projects, workflows, and training involving data-intensive projects, and serve as a liaison between content provider and technical staff. Duties include creating, editing, and manipulating metadata for resource description in the digital repository, digital library, and other resources as well as participating in the development of next-generation user interfaces and mobile applications. Responsibilities also include assisting researchers developing data management plans and initiating outreach and marketing of data services to potential users across campus through social media, email, and workshops.

Creative, innovative, and professional, the incumbent will possess the proven ability to achieve results, effect change, and collaborate effectively. This is an ideal opportunity for someone with a strong work ethic, an understanding of digital scholarship trends, and a commitment to continuous improvement and innovation in an academic research library.

Required Qualifications:
§  Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program
§  Demonstrated experience with non-MARC standards (e.g. DC, MODS, EAD, METS, TEI, etc.)
§  Demonstrated experience cross-walking, normalizing and transforming XML using XSL
§  Ability to develop and manage workflows for carrying out digital library initiatives
§  Demonstrated understanding of web applications and the software used to develop web apps
§  Demonstrated understanding of developments and trends in data services and tools
§  Familiarity with relational database design theory and SQL query languages
§  Familiarity with emerging technologies, standards, and trends in digital scholarship (e.g., electronic publishing, data mining, digital preservation)
§  Strong organizational skills, flexibility, and the ability to work in a team environment
§  Excellent written and verbal communication skills
§  Ability to effectively communicate technical information to a generalist audience
§  Demonstrated interest in professional development and contribution
§  Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community

Desired Qualifications:
§  Strong service orientation and interest in information users’ values and needs
§  Familiarity with the market for digital resources and knowledge of scholarly communication patterns in the humanities.

Additional Expectations of the Position:
§  Civil and Respectful Interactions: Demonstrates respect for all members of the University community in the course of performing one’s duties and in response to administrators, supervisors, coworkers, and customers.
§  Diversity and Inclusion: Welcomes the richness of talent from a diverse workforce and recognizes that diversity brings stimulation, challenge, and energy that contribute to a productive and effective workplace.
§  Leadership Accountability: Represents the interests of the University and of unit leadership in the use of resources to meet service and productivity demands within unit goals and budgets; strives to promote continual process and quality improvement.
§  Learning and Professional Development: Seeks opportunities to enhance one’s own professional knowledge, skills, and abilities as they relate to one’s current position and/or to prepare for potential future roles and overall career development.

Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made at the Librarian I level with a salary range of $43,000 to $46,000. Start date is negotiable. The University of Iowa offers an attractive package of benefits including 24 days of paid vacation per year, your choice between two retirement plans and two University of Iowa health insurance plans, dental insurance, pre-tax child and health care spending accounts, and additional options.

The University of Iowa Libraries:  The University of Iowa library system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and a number of branch libraries. The Libraries has more than 5 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources and coordinates the development and maintenance of the University’s locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring more the 440,000 digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special Collections include over 200,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists’ books.

Library systems are built on a mix of open source, locally developed, hosted services, and vended applications primarily from Ex Libris, OCLC, and Microsoft. The University of Iowa is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), ARL, OCLC, SPARC, CNI, CLIR, LOCKSS, CLOCKSS, and Portico.  The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts.

The University and Iowa City: A major research and teaching institution, the University of Iowa offers internationally recognized programs in a diverse array of academic, medical, and artistic disciplines, from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. The University consists of a faculty of 2,000 and a permanent staff of 13,000 serving 30,500 students, more than 40% of whom are from out of state and close to 10,000 of whom are registered in graduate and professional degree programs. Approximately 9% of the University’s faculty and staff and 10% of its student body are members of minority groups, and 8% of the students are from foreign countries.

Iowa City is a community of some 68,000 people (more than 150,000 live in the surrounding area) with excellent educational, recreational, and cultural advantages. It is consistently cited in the national media as a city with an excellent quality of life. The city is readily accessible via interstate highways and a major airport is only 30 minutes away. The community is growing in its diversity; within the Iowa City Community School District, 32.47% of the students are minority, with 16.22% identifying as African-American, 8.55% as Latino/Hispanic, 7.33% as Asian-American, and .37% as Native American during the 2010/11 school year.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at http://jobs.uiowa.edu. To help facilitate your application process, note the requisition number 59847. Applications must be received by September 4, 2011.


For more information about the University of Iowa Libraries and community, please see http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/about/employment/

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