GIS and Geography Information Specialist – University of Maryland, MD

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
This is a full-time permanent librarian position in the Research Commons with responsibility for GIS and Geospatial data, maps and liaison services to the Department of Geography. The librarian in this position is a forward-focused individual who will continue to grow the Libraries’ GIS and Spatial Data Center and services program, helping to develop the strategic direction of these services in the Research Commons. Through consultations, workshops, and other programming, the Geospatial Specialist Librarian will build relationships in order to support researchers’ geospatial data literacy needs, leveraging emerging technologies that enhance access to data, and assist researchers with data-intensive forms of research and scholarly expression. They will be an expert in applying geospatial concepts and techniques to the research agendas of faculty and students, will manage the geography and maps collections, maintaining strong relationships with faculty and students, and will enhance curricula and research innovation across the University relating to spatial and visual thinking. The Geospatial Specialist Librarian will also support internal Libraries needs by providing workshops and training support to liaison librarians and other library staff. The successful candidate will also serve as a subject liaison librarian to the Department of Geography.

Minimum Qualifications:
● ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education, or equivalent professional degree.
● Understanding of current and emerging trends in GIS, cartography and/or related geospatial fields, including information resources and applications.
● Experience with GIS software such as ArcGIS (Map, Pro, Online, etc.), Story Map, and/or open source tools like QGIS.
● Experience with or aptitude for working effectively and creatively with faculty and students.
● Experience with or aptitude for providing reference and research assistance in an academic or special library.
● Experience with or aptitude for teaching workshops and/or instruction sessions.
● Excellent oral and written communication skills.
● Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to function independently and in groups, and to build and maintain relationships with partners and library staff.
● Ability to provide exceptional service to a diverse clientele.

Preferences:
● Significant coursework, a bachelor’s degree or second advanced degree in a GIS-related field, and/or experience in working with geospatial data and technology.
● Experience with or aptitude for collection development in Geography, including in specialized formats required by the discipline.
● One year of library or related professional experience.
● Knowledge of the research process and evolving models of scholarly communication, open access, institutional repositories, and other trends in information science.
● Experience with software for statistical, quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, such as SPSS, Stata, SAS, R, Python, NVivo.

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