Research Support & Data Services Librarian, Social Sciences Libraries - Columbia University

Job Information


Research Support & Data Services Librarian
Social Sciences Libraries
Columbia University Libraries

The Columbia University Libraries invites nominations and applications for the position of Research Support & Data Services Librarian in the Social Sciences Libraries. The Libraries seek an innovative, knowledgeable, and service-oriented professional to support research and data services and technologies. The successful applicant will be an adaptive problem-solver familiar with social science research methodologies and the use of quantitative and qualitative data.

The Research Support & Data Services Librarian is responsible for providing support for social science research, including the use of quantitative and qualitative data and data applications, to faculty, students, and staff, and for identifying and assisting in the implementation of new library technologies related to social science research and data. As a member of the team providing research and data support in the Digital Social Science Center, the incumbent will assist students, faculty, and researchers with research projects and will aid users in finding and using qualitative and quantitative data, including offering training and guidance in the use of data analysis and research software. The incumbent will work with colleagues within the division and across the Libraries to provide coordinated support for research and data services and technologies.

Reporting to the Geospatial Services Coordinator, the Research Support & Data Services Librarian will engage with emerging technologies and explore innovative services to support new research methods and data applications in the social sciences. The incumbent will assist with the management and support of the Libraries' quantitative and qualitative data collection, including data catalog records. The incumbent will also participate on Libraries-wide task forces and working groups and will represent the organization at appropriate regional and national forums.

The successful candidate will have:   

  • Advanced degree in a related discipline or an accredited MLS or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Demonstrated experience using quantitative and qualitative data analysis applications, such as Stata, SPSS, R, NVivo, and ATLAS.ti
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a desire to work in a team environment
  • Knowledge of or aptitude for learning programming languages
  • Commitment to supporting and working in a multicultural and diverse environment

Also highly desirable:

  • Knowledge of GIS applications
  • Knowledge of metadata standards for quantitative and qualitative data
  • Public service experience in a research institution
  • Experience in providing data analysis and data research support
  • Aptitude for teaching and developing instructional content and documentation in an academic environment

Apply on-line at:  

As one of the world's leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a dynamic, multicultural, intellectual community. The Columbia University Libraries comprises a diverse and engaged staff committed to furthering the University's teaching and research mission through innovation, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position.