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The University Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) seeks to grow its support for research data services through the hire of an experienced, collaborative, agile-minded, and resourceful Research Data Librarian. In collaboration with a cross-organizational team—which includes a data services librarian, a digital archivist, systems librarian, liaison librarians, members of the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication team, and partners across UNL—the Research Data Librarian will participate in developing a robust research data program in the University Libraries. The desired research data program will extend beyond individual roles and responsibilities to offer a holistic, comprehensive research data agenda designed to meet the ambitions and goals of researchers, the university, and funders, and in pursuit of transformative knowledge and learning.
The Research Data Librarian joins the UNL Libraries at a time of change and renewal. For the first time, the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL) will share a library platform, and new leadership in the Libraries and at the University are opening new avenues for collaboration. Initially reporting to the Interim Associate Dean with responsibility for the Libraries’ research services, the Research Data Librarian will serve as the organizational lead for UNCL’s and the UNL Libraries’ research data programs, working collaboratively with the cross-organizational team in decision-making and implementation.
The Research Data Librarian will have advanced knowledge of research data lifecycles and of the range of data services increasingly supported in research libraries, including data acquisition, curation and management, analysis and presentation, sharing, stewardship, and preservation. In addition, the Research Data Librarian will have specialization in one or more facets of research data services, in order to provide leadership and expert support. The Research Data Librarian cultivates data literacy, supports responsible data practices, and collaborates to offer scalable and sustainable research data services.
The University Libraries creates and fosters inclusive environments for teaching, learning, scholarship, creative expression, and civic engagement. The ability to find, access, evaluate, utilize, and create reliable information resources is central to higher education, the public good, and achieving equity and justice. Libraries faculty are empowered to provide an array of library services, collections, and spaces to meet the diverse needs of students, faculty, and researchers. The Libraries is committed to providing financial and other support for faculty professional development and travel. The Research Data Librarian will undertake their work with attention to how social and structural biases are captured, encoded, and otherwise represented in data, as well as to how systemic biases and inequities are manifested throughout data pipelines, including in processing, analysis, evaluation and appraisal, distribution, and preservation.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Librarians in the University Libraries have faculty status; the successful candidate will have the qualifications to be appointed at the rank of Associate Professor (tenured/tenure-leading).
To apply for this position, go to https://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_200123. Complete the information form and attach your cover letter and curriculum vitae. In your cover letter, please be sure to directly address all minimum required qualifications. We are open to a broad range of ways and contexts in which candidates might demonstrate how they meet these qualifications. For example, while candidates might document their demonstrated commitment, experience, and knowledge through work activities—including in positions outside of libraries—they might also speak to coursework, community service, participation in cultural or other organizations, and involvement with student groups, among other possibilities. Cover letters must also include a description from the applicant that speaks to how their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion could be integrated into this position.
Relocation assistance is available. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a preference for applications received by November 30, 2020. Lincoln, Nebraska, is a city of nearly 300,000 people and the state capital, where residents enjoy a low cost of living, high-quality public schools, and more parkland per capita than most U.S. cities. See https://www.unl.edu/lincoln/.
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce in which employees’ differences are respected and valued to better meet the varying needs of the diverse populations we serve. The university fosters a diverse and inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration so that all individuals are able to participate and contribute to their full potential.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.