Job: Data Services Librarian

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Data Services Librarian

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Position DOES NOT require a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.


 Data Services Librarian 

The University of Miami Libraries seeks applications for a Data Services Librarian. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Digital Strategies and working within a growing digital strategies team, the Data Services Librarian, a newly defined position in the UM Libraries, will play a central role in the development and provision of Library services for access, use, manipulation, and management of qualitative and quantitative datasets. The Data Services Librarian will work closely with liaison librarians, the GIS Services Librarian, Digital Humanities Librarian, and others to build a strong data services program. The UM Libraries are in the midst of developing a Learning Commons, and this position, along with the GIS Services Librarian, will play a critical role in defining and implementing models for data services.

UNIVERSITY: The University of Miami is one of the nation’s leading research universities in a community of extraordinary diversity and international vitality. The University is privately supported, non‐sectarian institution, located in Coral Gables, Florida, on a 260‐acre subtropical campus. The University comprises 11 degree granting schools and colleges, including Architecture, Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Communication, Education, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Music, Nursing, and Marine and Atmospheric Science (

THE LIBRARY: The University of Miami Libraries ( rank among the top research libraries in North America with a collection of 3.6 million volumes including 877,000 ebooks, and 92,958 current serials titles including 90,550 electronic journals. The Otto G. Richter Library lies in the center of the Coral Gables campus and serves as the central library for the University. Other University of Miami libraries include the Paul Buisson Architecture Library, the Judi Prokop Newman Business Information Resource Center, the Marta & Austin Weeks Music Library, and the Marine and Atmospheric Science Library. The University also has independent medical and law libraries. The Libraries provide support and services for approximately 10,768 undergraduates, 5,725 graduate students, and 14,604 full and part time faculty and staff. Excluding the independent libraries, the University Libraries employ 62 professional and 74 support staff and are a member of ARL, CNI, ASERL, CLIR, NERL, OCLC Research Library Partners, SEFLIN, IFLA, IATUL, HathiTrust, APTrust, DPN, DataCite, and Lyrasis.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • In collaboration with liaison librarians and others, provide consultative and instructional services for faculty, students, and staff in quantitative and qualitative data access and analysis, including use of software tools such as SPSS, SAS, NVivo, AtlasTI, and R;
  • Select and acquire licensed, free, and researcher-generated data collections to support research, scholarship, and teaching;
  • Facilitate access to and use of data resources across disciplines;
  • Create and maintain a data services web presence;
  • Working in close collaboration with the GIS Services Librarian and the Learning Commons Implementation Team, design and implement a sustainable service model for data services in the Learning Commons;
  • Serve as the University of Miami’s official representative to ICPSR and others as appropriate;
  • Identify and promulgate data standards, metadata standards, and best practices for numeric and qualitative data management;
  • As part of a larger campus effort, contribute to development of research data management services, including the management, curation, and sharing of data sets created by University of Miami researchers;
  • Work with the Digital Infrastructure and Services Team and others outside of the Library (researchers, Office of Research, Center for Computational Sciences, and others) to identify requirements for infrastructure for preservation and access to research data;
  • Working with the UM Libraries communications team and liaison librarians, market data services offerings across the university; 
  • Assess services and identify critical needs to continue to grow data services; and
  • May serve in a supervisory role as appropriate.


  • Network, collaborate, and actively participate in local, regional, national, and/or international organizations regarding data services;
  • Represent and promote the University of Miami Libraries in local, state-wide, regional, national, or international organizations, as appropriate; and
  • Serve on/participate in Libraries and University organizations, committees, task forces, and teams as appropriate.



Minimum Qualifications:

       An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree, or, a Master’s or higher degree in a data-intensive discipline.

       Demonstrable experience working with numeric data in an academic or research setting.

       Knowledge of free and licensed sources for numeric datasets.

       Proven experience in the use of major statistical/analysis packages (such as SAS, R, STATA, and SPSS).

       Familiarity with issues related to qualitative data collection and analysis, including software packages such as NVivo or AtlasTI.

       Familiarity with principles of data documentation and metadata in an academic or research context.

       Demonstrated commitment to user-centered library service and the ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing and fast-paced environment with a culturally diverse population.

       Good listener, superb people skills, and a strong team orientation.

       Capacity for professional development, involvement, and contribution.

Preferred Qualifications:

       One year of relevant data services experience in an academic, scientific, or corporate setting.

       Advanced degree in a data intensive research field.

       Experience with one or more commonly used data repository platforms. 

       Experience working in an academic library environment.


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  • Academic Libraries

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Job Place:
University of Miami

Job Location:
Southeast Florida

1300 Memorial Drive

Coral Gables



Institution Information
Institution Name :
University of Miami

1300 Memorial Drive

Coral Gables



Contact Information / How to apply
Contact Name:
Lourdes Garvey

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How to apply


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications should be submitted electronically and must include a letter of interest, curriculum vitae and the names of three references. Send nominations and applications to:

Human Resources Manager

University of Miami Libraries

P.O. Box 248214

Coral Gables, FL 33124-0320



The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. The University has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications from candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds.

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