Job Opening: Research Data Services Librarian

The Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) partners with faculty, students and staff to provide a full continuum of data-related services to assist the social science/economic research and education communities with focused and multidisciplinary research and learning endeavors across the research data lifecycle.  This includes strengths in social and economic data, computational infrastructure, and restricted-access data, as well as a robust data-sharing environment including a data archive that dates to 1981.

Cornell social scientists are on the cutting edge of interdisciplinary research questions using complex data resources. Growing recognition of the value of interdisciplinary and data-driven research affords CISER and its Cornell partners with opportunities to support numeric, qualitative, geospatial, and other research within a lifecycle approach to data management. The individual in this position will play a key role in anticipating, developing, and implementing services to support these activities.

The Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) seeks an experienced, innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented data services librarian to support social science researchers across the research data lifecycle. As a member of the senior leadership team contributing to setting the future direction of the Institute, the successful applicant will spearhead efforts to strategically evolve CISER’s data-rich environment.  Notably, these efforts will involve enhancements to CISER’s Data Archive and data-intensive, inter-disciplinary collaborations with researchers and other librarians worldwide.

Responsibilities include:

Enhance and manage CISER’s Data Archive and provide associated data-related support

  • Develop and manage the growing collection of datasets in CISER’s Data Archive, including evolving and/or interdisciplinary forms of social science data as well as data related to CISER’s R-Squared (Results Reproduction) service.
  • Continue the development and evolution of CISER’s Data Archive, including new services, innovations, structural improvements, and associated policies/procedures.
  • Contribute to efforts to enable the adoption of metadata standards in the social sciences.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities to promote the quality of CISER’s Data Archive through meeting appropriate accreditation processes and memberships such as CoreTrustSeal and Data-PASS.
  • Explore and develop relationships with data providers, service providers, and other archives, as well as innovators/developers that have the potential to enhance CISER’s Data Archive and related services as a resource for our researchers.

Provide collaborative support for interdisciplinary research data management across Cornell

  • Serve on the consultants group of Cornell’s Research Data Management Services Group (RDMSG) to assist social science researchers in the writing and implementation of grant-required data management plans.
  • Serve on selected RDMSG implementation teams, per the RDMSG Management Council.
  • Provide training through workshops and one-on-one support.
  • Lead the design, implementation and evolution of CISER’s Data Archive-related support for research preservation, including creation of processes in coordination with other CISER staff, development and maintenance of standard practices and policies.
  • In coordination with other CISER staff, develop/modify the ingest function for a self-deposit repository and mediate with users when active.
  • Assist with linking publications to underlying data, data citation, and data licensing.

Establish and grow CISER’s data support outreach

  • Build relationships with users.
  • Provide training and support in the use of numeric data.
  • Locate and acquire digital numeric data sets and associated software.
  • Support data management efforts for numeric data.
  • Provide data curation services for numeric data sets.
  • Liaise and form productive partnerships with other numeric experts on campus, including Cornell University Library (CUL) and the Program on Applied Demography (PAD).

Maintain and expand outreach and professional engagement

  • Promote the resources and services of the CISER Data Archive through announcements, presentations, webinars, and other sources to the Cornell community.
  • Participate in the writing of proposals to funding agencies and in the execution of accepted proposals for innovations in social science data management.
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships between CISER, other organizations, and individuals engaged in the pursuit of related goals, including at a minimum engagement with some or all of these peer organizations; IASSIST, DCC, APDU, CODATA, and RDA.
  • Conduct, present, and publish applied research in areas related to this position.

Qualifications and Education Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or relevant social science discipline such as economics, statistics, data science.
  • Minimum of three to five years’ experience working with large social science datasets and familiarity with major data resources such as ICPSR and the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • Knowledge and experience with social science research methodologies, quantitative and qualitative data and statistical software packages such as SAS, Stata, SPSS, or R, including expertise with at least one of these or similar programs.
  • Knowledge of research data management planning.
  • Strong, demonstrated service orientation.
  • Demonstrated excellent analytical and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent oral and written communications and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with metadata practices and standards such as DDI, SDMX, OAI-PMH, METS.
  • Knowledge of qualitative data analysis software such as Atlas.ti.
  • Experience teaching workshops of a technical nature.
  • Project management experience.
  • Supervisory experience.

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