Research and Instruction / Data Services Librarian – St. Olaf College

Required Documents: Cover Letter, Resume
Position Title: Research and Instruction / Data Services Librarian
Department: Library

Position Summary:
To partner with faculty and students to advance teaching, learning, and research in the social sciences and other disciplines as needed; to teach in the library’s program of course-integrated instruction in information literacy, research practices, and data literacy; and to coordinate programmatic support for research data services across the curriculum. Additionally, this position supports the college’s curriculum and the work of the St. Olaf-Carleton Bridge Library Consortium, and provides reference services and guides library users in identifying, retrieving, and evaluating information in all formats.

Position Description:

1. Provide research and information literacy services – 45% of time
• Provide research and information literacy services for students and faculty in the social sciences and other disciplines as needed
• Partner with faculty and academic staff to plan and deliver course-integrated instruction in information literacy and research practices
• Create educational materials, deliver workshops, and organize events to support teaching and learning
• Serve as the liaison to academic departments and programs in the social sciences and other disciplines

2. Coordinate data services across the curriculum – 40% of time
• Partner with faculty and academic staff to support data-driven courses, assignments, and research in the social sciences and other disciplines as appropriate
• Create instructional materials and programs to teach data literacy
• Provide specialized research support to assist patrons in the discovery and use of data
• Collaborate with the Social Sciences and Data Librarian at Carleton College to develop cross-institutional data support, training, and resources

3. Provide research assistance to library patrons – 10% of time
• Staff the research desk
• Provide research consultations with faculty and students
• Staff online research support services, including email and chat

4. Work collaboratively and in tandem with peers at Carleton College as a member of the Bridge Consortium – 3% of time
• Serve on inter-collegial teams, task forces, and working groups as projects and initiatives require
• Participate in Bridge Consortium meetings and functions in order to provide access to joint library resources

5. General Office Responsibilities – 2% of time
• Perform other duties and special projects as assigned
• Attend meetings

• Knowledge of technology trends, standards, and issues in academic libraries and higher education.
• Knowledge of current and emerging practices in information literacy pedagogy
• Knowledge of best practices and current issues in data discovery, management, analysis, and/or visualization
• Knowledge of federal, open, and proprietary data resources in the social sciences
• Knowledge of and willingness to learn a variety of relevant library and learning applications
• Knowledge of software frequently used in the social sciences, including GIS and statistical analysis programs
• Skill in academic research practices and standards
• Ability to design services and programs to improve student success
• Ability to think and teach creatively across disciplines
• Ability to organize and manage complex projects
• Ability to work independently and collaboratively
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
• Ability to cultivate and sustain partnerships with faculty, staff, and students
• Ability to be flexible in response to changing needs and priorities
• Ability to learn and adapt to new technologies and software
• Ability to work collaboratively and build relationships with colleagues
• Ability to work as a team member, contributing to both the work of the reference/instruction department as well as the general work of the libraries.
• Ability and willingness to support, respect and commit to embracing diverse backgrounds, values and points of view to build a strong and inclusive community including faculty, staff, students and constituents.

Education: MLS, MLIS, or other advanced degree in a field in the social sciences, mathematics, computer science, geographic information science (GIS), data science, educational technology, or pedagogy; maintain a valid driver’s license and meet St. Olaf College driver authorization criteria with a satisfactory driving record

Experience: 1+ year of professional experience working in a library or teaching in an academic or research institution, or relevant expereince
Desired Qualifications:

Education: Additional graduate degrees; academic background in the social sciences

Experience: Experience working with research data, including data management, analysis, or visualization; experience teaching GIS, data visualization, data analysis software; experience teaching in a social sciences discipline

Type of Position: Staff – Full-time Regular
FTE: 1.0
Months per Year Position Will Work: 12
Open Until Filled: Open Until Filled
Shift (Days/Hours): Monday- Friday; 8:00 AM- 5:00 PM; occasional evening and weekend hours required to staff the research desk. Travel up to 1% of the work schedule, which includes local (Twin Cities Metro area) travel. Overnight trips average 0-1 trips per year.
Classification: Salaried

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