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Discussion Assistant or Associate Research Data Specialist for the Research Data Service, UIUC (apply by Aug 25)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Mon, Jul 24, 2017 at 09:50 am

Assistant or Associate Research Data Specialist for the Research Data Service
Academic Professional Position
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: Two positions open immediately. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 12 month, 100% time Academic Professional position.

Assistant or Associate Research Data Specialist for the Research Data Service
Academic Professional Position
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Position Available: Two positions open immediately. The expected start date is as soon as possible after the closing date. This is a 12 month, 100% time Academic Professional position.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Research Data Service seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professional.  This position is with the Research Data Service headquartered at the University Library. The candidate will advance the Illinois’ Research Data Service program (http://researchdataservice.illinois.edu) by directly partnering with researchers and units to manage, curate, publish, and archive research data. Illinois research data requires attention, curation, and dedicated management to ensure that the research done at Illinois is efficient, reliable, and can stand the test of time. The Illinois Research Data Service is a young, dynamic program that has quickly become well-respected for our team’s commitment and ability to provide researchers across a variety of disciplines with practical but progressive guidance, training, and tools for managing and archiving data. We currently have an opening for a Research Data Specialist to join our team and strongly encourage those with backgrounds in research data curation, coordination and/or management of research studies or programs, information technology, and advanced research degrees to apply. 

Specific areas of activity include but are not limited to:

  • Advise and assist researchers in adoption and adaptation of best practices for the management of research data;
  • Assist researchers in preparation and deposition of datasets into institutional or discipline-specific repositories;
  • Utilize current research experience and work to become familiar with a variety of other disciplines and types of data to curate datasets for deposit into the Illinois Data Bank (databank.illinois.edu);
  • Advise and assist in development of workflows for the creation of documentation and provenance information for datasets;
  • Provide expert analysis of technical requirements; identify and recommend potential software and tools for data re-use, management, and curation;
  • Seek out and lead a variety of data management training scenarios, including sessions for departments, research groups, and through one-on-one consultations;
  • Monitor agency and publisher data policies, and advise on and review Data Management Plans submitted as part of funding proposals;
  • Participate in outreach and promotion of the Research Data Service and associated Library programs

Current Research Data Service activities have benefited from development and input from a diverse group of invested colleagues from across the library and campus. The candidate is encouraged to both maintain and improve current activities, but also identify new opportunities and strategies to augment, extend, or otherwise improve Illinois’ data management services. The position requires the ability to identify and prioritize the needs of campus researchers, and to be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Research Data Specialists play an important role by interfacing with campus researchers, librarians, IT professionals, and other professional staff. This includes participating and contributing to the planning and development of other data services and policies, both campus-wide and through collaborations with other universities.

Environment: Headquartered in the University Library, the Research Data Service is a partnership between the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Library, iSchool, Tech Services, and NCSA.  The service provides the Illinois research community with the expertise, tools, and infrastructure necessary to manage and steward research data.

Qualifications:

Required: Bachelor’s degree and experience working in an academic research environment OR an advanced degree in an informatics-oriented or research-oriented discipline; demonstrated ability to execute sound data management practices including organization, documentation, and preservation of research data; ability to think creatively to develop innovative data management outreach and training materials; ability to work in a team environment; skills for effective oral and written communication with co-workers, researchers, and others from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds; demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects at once, to set priorities, and meet deadlines

Preferred: Advanced degree in an informatics- or research-orientated discipline; two or more years of professional experience managing research data including compliance with funding agency requirements; Familiarity with database or repository structure and development; familiarity with formal metadata schema; facilitation experience; Demonstrated ability to identify and vet resources and tools for data sharing, analysis, and archiving; knowledge of academic publishing; certification as a Software Carpentry instructor, or willingness to become certified.

Salary: Salary and rank are commensurate with credentials and experience.

Terms of Appointment: Twelve-month appointment; 24 annual vacation days; 11 annual paid holidays; 12 annual sick-leave days (cumulative), plus an additional 13 sick-leave days (non-cumulative) available, if needed, each year; health insurance requiring a small co-payment is provided to employee (with the option to purchase coverage for spouse and dependents); required participation in State Universities Retirement System (SURS) (8% of annual salary is withheld and is refundable upon termination), with several options for participation in additional retirement plans; newly-hired employees are covered by the Medicare portion of Social Security and are subject to its deduction.

Campus & Community: The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a comprehensive and major public land-grant university (Doctoral/Research University-Extensive) that is ranked among the best in the world. Chartered in 1867, it provides undergraduate and graduate education in more than 150 fields of study, conducts theoretical and applied research, and provides public service to the state and the nation. It employs 3,000 faculty members who serve 31,000 undergraduates and 12,000 graduate and professional students; approximately 25% of faculty receives campus-wide recognition each year for excellence in teaching. More information about the campus is available at www.illinois.edu. The University is located in the twin cities of Champaign and Urbana, which have a combined population of 100,000 and are situated about 140 miles south of Chicago, 120 miles west of Indianapolis, and 170 northeast of St. Louis. The University and its surrounding communities offer a cultural and recreational environment ideally suited to the work of a major research institution. For more information about the community, visit:http://illinois.edu/about/community/community.html orhttp://www.ccchamber.org/.

Apply: To ensure full consideration, please complete your candidate profile at https://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a letter of interest, resume, and contact information including email addresses for three professional references. Applications not submitted through this website will not be considered. For questions, please call: 217-333-8169.

DEADLINE: in order to ensure full consideration, applications must be received by August 25, 2017.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu.

 

 

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IFRT (Intellectual Freedom Round Table)

Discussion IFRT Committee Updates

by Kristin Pekoll-IL (staff) on Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 02:11 pm

The following comments will be committee updates from each of the chairs

The following comments will be committee updates from each of the chairs

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2018 (Mildred L.) Batchelder Award Committee (Association for Library Services to Children)

Online Doc 2018 Batchelder Award Suggestions

by Mary Beth Dunhouse on Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 02:57 pm

 

Hello ALSC Members!

Translated children’s books add a global dimension to the collections of diverse titles we offer to young readers in our communities.

If you have read a title this year you think should be considered by the 2018 Batchelder Committee please submit the suggestion form that can be found at the following link:

http://www.ala.org/alsc/batchelder-suggestion-form-2018 

IFRT (Intellectual Freedom Round Table)

Online Doc Update from the IFRT Chair

by Charles Kratz on Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 06:22 pm

From the IFRT Chair

I am honored to serve as Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table this year.  I am very energized by the great enthusiasm I see in our committees and collectively as a group and staff we are ready to provide a strong forum for the discussion of activities, programs, and challenges in the intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians.

From the IFRT Chair

I am honored to serve as Chair of the Intellectual Freedom Round Table this year.  I am very energized by the great enthusiasm I see in our committees and collectively as a group and staff we are ready to provide a strong forum for the discussion of activities, programs, and challenges in the intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians.

During ALA’s 2018 Annual Conference in New Orleans, IFRT will sponsor a moderated debate on the subject of “big data” analytics in the library world. The right of library users to keep private their individual use of library resources has traditionally been protected by federal, state and local privacy laws as well as ALA’s long-standing guidelines on patron privacy, but those protections may be challenged by the increasing use of “big data” in libraries.  More to come as the program is more fleshed out but please plan on joining us next summer for a lively discussion on this topic in which two speakers, representing opposing points of view, will debate the “big data” phenomenon and its possible consequences for patron privacy. 

This year, the Round Table will plan and implement a two-year fundraising campaign that will raise funds for the Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT) Awards program to help sustain the future of the round table’s awards.  The Campaign will include individual solicitations, ticketed fundraising events at the upcoming annual conferences in New Orleans and Washington, D.C. and the securing of award sponsorships.  The IFRT awards include the Oboler Award, the Immroth Award, the Gerald Hodges Award and the Merritt Fund.

Finally, please join our Intellectual Freedom Fighters Public Forum on Facebook.  The Intellectual Freedom Fighters (IFF) want to get Intellectual Freedom issues on the minds, hearts, and tongues of the wider library community. They want to inform you about these issues and provoke tough conversations.  The forum is an outgrowth of the ever-vigilant ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table (IFRT), which has been protecting your freedoms since 1973.  Please note this is an intellectual freedom forum space which is a place to discuss controversial issues in a rational and well thought out manner. We expect people to have different viewpoints and opinions. Nevertheless, we expect everyone to treat others with dignity and respect.  Please join us in our discussions.

Thank you,

Charles Kratz, IFRT Chair

July 2017

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IFRT (Intellectual Freedom Round Table)

File From-the-IFRT-Chair

by Charles Kratz on Sat, Jul 22, 2017 at 06:17 pm

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ACRL Diversity Committee (Association of College and Research Libraries)

Discussion ACRL Diversity Committee Year-End Report, 2016-17

by Kenny Garcia on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 07:12 pm

Attached is the 2016-17 year-end report for the Diversity Committee. 

Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Branch Manager - 2 Positions, Pierce County Library System (apply by Aug 4)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 02:11 pm

Branch Manager - 2 Positions
Parkland/Spanaway and South Hill Branches
Pierce County Library System (Tacoma, Wash.)

Application Deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017

Apply at: https://piercecountylibrary-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=432

Branch Manager - 2 Positions
Parkland/Spanaway and South Hill Branches
Pierce County Library System (Tacoma, Wash.)

Application Deadline: Friday, August 4, 2017

Apply at: https://piercecountylibrary-openhire.silkroad.com/epostings/index.cfm?fuseaction=app.jobInfo&version=1&jobid=432

Join a Library engaged in a community-driven facilities and services planning process and help create and deliver an innovative and exciting future to the residents of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Leadership position responsible for effectively managing operations and activities of an assigned library location; participates in system-wide planning and projects; actively engages the community and ensures service aligns with local residents’ needs; oversees collection; interacts with and provides direct library services to customers.

  • Successful candidate will have a vision and understanding of library service with an eye to both the future and the contemporary needs of the public;
  • Will be customer-focused; an excellent communicator and supervisor; have a proven ability to lead and implement change, develop and support staff, and participate in a system that believes in continual improvement.
  • If you are results-oriented, committed to collaboration and having fun, and you believe that the library must be the community’s first choice for the discovery and exchange of information and ideas, your next job may be at PCLS.

Position Summary:
Manages, coordinates and facilitates branch operations including public services, circulation, branch collections, reference, youth services, library programming, community relations, and building/facility management functions.  Acts as management’s principal in house representative at the branches in which they are assigned.  Is an integral member of the management team in evaluating the delivery of services at the branch level, allocating personnel to the service delivery at the branch(s) and initiating building and facility functions.  Interacts with and provides direct library services to customers; develops and delivers library services and programming; serves as a representative of the Library within the local community, government and Friends group as well as directs and facilitates other staff members’ engagement in the community.

Pay Rate: $66,726 - $77,355 annual, FLSA exempt. Not a union represented position.

Schedule: Full-time, Monday through Friday as well as one evening per week and weekend availability for coverage as needed. Schedule is subject to change.  Must be able to work weekends and evenings, substitute for other staff and attend meetings.

Application Requirements: In addition to a complete application, please also submit a cover letter and resume by 5 PM, Friday, August 4, 2017.  Submissions which are incomplete or untimely will not be considered.

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion Metadata Services Librarian, College of Charleston

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 02:05 pm

Metadata Services Librarian
College of Charleston
Charleston SC

Metadata Services Librarian
College of Charleston
Charleston SC

The College of Charleston Libraries seek an innovative and engaged Metadata Services Librarian to provide their MARC and non-MARC metadata expertise to the Collection and Content Services unit of the College of Charleston Libraries. Reporting to the Head of Description and Cataloging Services, the Metadata Services Librarian will work in a team based environment to create, maintain, and enrich metadata representing the college’s physical and digital collections. The Metadata Services Librarian will be responsible for creating original metadata and for complex metadata revision for materials in a variety of formats. The Metadata Services Librarian will work with colleagues in the Collection and Content Services unit, subject specialists, and digital library developers to define departmental strategies for MARC and non-MARCmetadata creation. This position will play a critical role in harmonizing the college’s descriptive metadata practices to maximize discovery. This is a full-time tenure track faculty appointment and carries with it the expectation that faculty will contribute significantly to the profession.

About the College of Charleston and the Libraries
Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is a public liberal arts and sciences university located in the heart of Charleston, South Carolina. The College of Charleston serves approximately 10,000 undergraduates and 1,500 graduate/certificate seeking students with more than 100 majors and minors.

The College of Charleston Libraries are comprised of the Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture, the Marine Resources Library, and the North Campus Library. The combined annual budgets exceed $5.6 million with a staff of 26 librarians and archivists, 30 full time employees, and 35 student and temporary employees.

The College of Charleston is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, or disability.

To apply and for additional information, please go to http://jobs.cofc.edu/postings/6269

 

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Spectrum & Diversity Scholars Community

Discussion University Archivist, University of Maryland Libraries (apply by Sept 4)

by Gwendolyn Prellwitz (staff) on Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 02:02 pm

Title: University Archivist
Category: Librarian
(Open Rank)
Department: Special Collections and University Archives

Title: University Archivist
Category: Librarian
(Open Rank)
Department: Special Collections and University Archives

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

With collections including 4 million volumes and more than 40,000 serials subscriptions, the University of Maryland Libraries allocate 75 percent of its materials budget to electronic resources. Maryland ranks 39th among the 115 member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries and has an operating budget of $23.7 million. The University of Maryland Libraries benefit from being situated geographically within minutes of the nation’s capital and its departments, agencies, and research centers.

The University Archivist/Special Collections Librarian is responsible for the University of Maryland collection group within SCUA and collaborates with other curators in the division to provide overall direction for reference services, accessioning, arrangement, description, preservation, cataloging of manuscript and archival materials, instruction, and outreach. Reporting to the Director of Special Collections and University Archives, the University Archivist builds, maintains, interprets, and provides access to the University Archives and assesses collection needs, establishes priorities, and represents the collection area to the University of Maryland community and external organizations and individuals. The successful candidate for this position will:

• Lead the University Archives as an organizational innovator, facilitating the ongoing development of a flexible work environment that places a premium on strategic priorities, project orientation, a work culture that is both fluid and accountable, and an excellent staff.
• Demonstrate creativity in identifying and allocating resources through donor relations, fundraising, grants, partnerships, budgeting, and flexible staff deployments.
• Articulate a vision for the University Archives in the 21st century that takes into account new collecting opportunities in a born-digital information environment and the changing nature of primary documentation in a post-industrial society.
• Articulate a vision for services that transcends collection management and incorporates dynamic activities in the areas of discovery, teaching, preservation, digital presentation to online communities, outreach to new audiences, off-campus partnerships, and alliances with the teaching faculty, students, and colleagues on the library faculty.
• Serve as point of contact for the University Archives’ services to campus and off-campus partners, including the University administration, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Alumni Association, University Relations, and other entities.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must be able to tolerate occasional dirty/dusty conditions and be able to reach, stoop, bend, lift, and move objects. Must be able to tolerate the stresses engendered in a multi-faceted, rapidly growing archives program responsive to a broad user base.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Oversees the work of the Assistant University Archivist, Athletics Archivist, and the University of Maryland collection groups’ hourly student employees, contract- or grant-supported personnel, interns, and volunteers.

QUALIFICATIONS (Knowledge, skills, and abilities): Must have thorough knowledge of archival theory and practice. Must be able to work effectively with others in a team setting. Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills and in assisting researchers in a special collections setting. Must be able to manage a broad variety of tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints. Must possess a strong service orientation and the potential for professional contributions.

EDUCATION:
Required: ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/
Information Science with an emphasis on formal archival education and training, or a master’s degree in history, American Studies, or other relevant discipline, with experience in archives, archival course work, or archival certificate.

Preferred: Advanced degree/graduate study in history or other relevant discipline.

EXPERIENCE (Be specific, indicate the minimum years of experience and skills needed):
Required: At least three years of professional archival experience in an academic library including responsibility for supervising the processing of manuscripts and archives. Demonstrated ability and initiative in processing, reference, outreach, donor relations, and administrative activities.

Preferred: Work experience in a university archives setting; knowledge of electronic records; and supervisory and project management experience are desirable.

For the full position description, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html .

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/53239 . No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until September 4th, 2017.

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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