One Position: Washington, D.C.

Position: Data Services Librarian
Location: George Washington University

Proposed Start Date: 05/08/2023
The George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) enriches the academic experience of scholars and students and sparks innovation at GW. Our people, programs, partnerships, and services enable research and teaching through access to the latest scholarship as well as rich archival resources; tailored support for researchers at all levels; guidance for faculty who want to explore new teaching methods and technologies in the classroom; and robust support for online education. Through innovative partnerships, dynamic workshops, and team-based approaches to project management and problem solving, GWLAI fosters collaboration and provides leadership across the university to support the shared mission of generating, making accessible, and preserving new knowledge.
GWLAI seeks nominations and applications for a collaborative and service-oriented Data Services Librarian. GWLAI invites interested information professionals of all backgrounds and depths of experience who have an interest in being part of a vibrant, collaborative, mission-driven academic service organization to apply to work with us. A virtual information session for interested candidates will be offered in the coming weeks. Please visit for details.
This position is classified as a Council of Librarians position and is eligible for a hybrid on-campus/remote work schedule. This position is a continual reappointment position with reappointment periods of 1-5 years depending on rank. Proven commitment to the profession is expected and can be exhibited through service, publication, and/or presentations. This position is being considered at an open rank.
Primary job responsibilities
Collaborate with campus units including the Office of the Vice Provost for Research (OVPR), GW Information Technology (GWIT), Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library and more in order to support research data management at GW; help researchers address relevant management issues related to the research data lifecycle, including advising on: the creation of data management plans, the development of preservation and storage plans for research data, selecting and using data repositories for archiving and sharing, and on meeting funding requirements for data integrity and access.
Develop and provide services to support researchers in the discovery, access, analysis, management, preservation, and publication of data; help meet the needs of data-intensive research and teaching in a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and sciences; help GWLAI meet curricular needs by increasing the visibility of available data-related resources and services.
Help to create and cultivate an institutional culture that values openness across the university by understanding and communicating about issues related to scientific research and scholarly publishing, including workflows, transparency, and reproducibility.
Deepen our data-related workshop offerings while contributing to a robust curriculum that currently includes topics such as programming in a number of languages and packages; working with data markup and encoding; using APIs and other techniques to retrieve data from online data sources and websites; and data cleaning and manipulation.
Provide leadership among GWLAI staff to ensure that colleagues are aware of current research about data trends and activities, including available research tools and resources.
Sustain and expand intellectual partnerships with faculty and students across the university.
Conduct library instruction for undergraduate and graduate level courses across a range of academic disciplines, including partnering with GW’s first-year University Writing Program.
Help LAI grow its support of computational literacy and thinking and contribute to a portfolio of research and data consultations.
Participate in collaborative collection development, building relationships and supporting faculty and departments through active engagement.
Demonstrate a desire and ability to learn new skills as well as the potential to work with researchers, librarians, and campus partners to support increased visibility into GW scholarship.
Contribute to the broader professional community by sharing knowledge in scholarly/professional venues and through service to the University and the profession.
Minimum Qualifications:
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library or information science or other advanced degree with relevant experience by date of appointment.
Demonstrate the ability to partner with academic departments to advance scholarship in the disciplines.
Demonstrate the ability to collaborate with others in an environment committed to equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility.
Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills.
Advertised Salary: Salary will be commensurate with experience. Salary minimums by rank are: Librarian 1: $54,000; Librarian 2: $58,956; Librarian 3: $68,700; Librarian 4: $80,300.
Other Benefits:
Salary is negotiable, contingent upon rank, skills and qualifications and is competitive for DC-area libraries.
Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave; 12 days/year paid sick leave; paid winter break and 8 other holidays; medical, dental, and vision; 401(A) retirement plan, 4% base and GW will match 150% of the first 4% of your 403(B) contributions, up to a maximum of 6% of your eligible compensation; tuition assistance; generous ongoing support for professional development; and paid parental leave. Librarians are eligible to apply for research leave after a defined period of service. For benefit details, please visit GW Benefits.
Other Information:
This position reports to a Director of Research Services and is eligible for partial telework.
Desired Qualifications:
Familiarity with software for statistical, geospatial, qualitative, and/or text analysis, for example SPSS, Stata, SAS, R, Python, ArcGIS, Atlas.ti, NVivo, GIS, or data visualization tools.
Project management experience or interest in project management, including planning, communication, and assessment.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
To be considered, please apply online and upload a CV and a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications. Only complete applications will be considered. Review of applications will begin on February 8th, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. When applying for the Data Services Librarian, please highlight the experiences you have that address the job responsibilities and demonstrate your ability to thrive in this position and within the broader GWLAI and university communities.
The University and department have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for this position.