Data Services Librarian – George Washington University, Washington, DC

The George Washington University Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI) is seeking applications for a Data Services Librarian to specialize in data visualization or geospatial data competencies (GIS). The successful candidate will join a growing team that is leading the development and provision of services to support researchers in the discovery, access, analysis, management, preservation, and publication of data. The Data Services Librarian will support researchers across the full data lifecycle, helping meet the needs of data-intensive research and teaching in a wide range of disciplines in the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. In collaboration with others, they will help LAI grow its support of computational literacy and thinking and contribute to a portfolio of research and data consultations and classroom instruction. The Librarian will help deepen our workshop offerings in data visualization, data analysis, and/or GIS 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. In addition to helping GWLAI meet curricular needs by increasing the visibility of available data-related resources and services, the Data Services Librarian will be a teaching partner in GW’s first year writing and research instruction program.

The Librarian will collaborate with campus units including the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) and the Division of Information Technology (DIT) in order to support research data management at GW. The selected candidate will help researchers address relevant management issues related to the research data lifecycle, including creating data management plans; developing preservation and storage plans for research data; selecting and using data repositories for archiving and sharing; and meeting funding requirements for data integrity and access. They will also provide guidance to researchers in establishing data management practices and in selecting appropriate tools and technologies to help with analyzing and managing data throughout the research lifecycle.


The Data Services Librarian provides leadership among GWLAI staff to make sure that colleagues are aware of current research about data trends and activities, including available research tools and resources. They also contribute to the development and management of collections at the GW Libraries by participating in selection, management, and delivery of data resources. The successful candidate will 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. Helping to create and cultivate an institutional culture that values openness across the university, this position serves a vital role in advancing the scholarly profile of GW. The successful candidate must have a commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Other responsibilities include service on library and university-wide committees and participation in local, regional, and national professional organizations. The position reports to a Director of Research Services.


ALA-accredited MLS in library or information science or other advanced degree with relevant experience.

Experience with GIS tools and formats AND/OR experience with data visualization approaches.

Familiarity with data discovery, analytical techniques, and statistical methodologies.

Familiarity with disciplinary and discipline agnostic data repositories and data management plans.

Demonstrated understanding of scholarly communication trends, funder requirements, open access, repositories, and research impact measures.

Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Preferred:

Instruction experience.

Familiarity with software for statistical, geospatial, qualitative, and/or text analysis, for example SPSS, Stata, SAS, R, Python, ArcGIS, Atlas.ti, Nvivo.

Experience working with technologies supporting the research data lifecycle.

Project management experience, including planning, communication, and assessment.

Demonstrated understanding of issues related to scientific research and scholarly publishing, including workflows, transparency, and reproducibility.

Strong engagement in professional service and scholarship.

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Comprehensive benefits package includes 22 days/year paid annual leave plus 12 days per year paid sick leave; medical; TIAA/CREF; tuition assistance.


To be considered, please complete an online application ( and upload a CV and a cover letter that includes an assessment of skills related to basic qualifications. Review of applications will begin April 21, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered.

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