University of Regina Library Data Services Librarian (Tenure-Track)

University of Regina Library
Data Services Librarian
(Tenure-Track)

The University of Regina Library invites applications from dynamic, proactive, flexible, service-and team-oriented candidates for the position of Data Services Librarian.  We are seeking a librarian to design and provide innovative services to support faculty, researchers and students with data discovery, data analysis and visualization, and research data management.  The successful candidate will also provide subject liaison services to Geography and Environmental Studies and other areas dependent on personal interest and the needs of the University Library.

Context:

The University of Regina is a modern, comprehensive University with a growing national reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We prepare our students to excel in the global community and our research opportunities attract the best and brightest minds. Our campus is in the heart of one of North America’s largest urban parks - a striking natural setting with extensive walking and bicycling trails.  It is energized by our students, faculty and staff and an ideal place to make your career.  The Archer Library building is across the street from beautiful Wascana Lake.  The City of Regina is home to numerous museums, parks, and cultural events. Regina boasts a relaxed lifestyle with short commute times.

The University of Regina Library supports the research and teaching of the university’s faculty and students through its services, collections and information technology infrastructure. Reference and information services are both library-based and provided by librarians on-site in faculties, departments and research centres. Instruction in finding information is also provided, both in the form of general orientations and class or subject specific instruction sessions. The Library’s extensive collection of over 2 million items is listed in our Alma catalogue; as are the holdings of the University’s three Federated Colleges: Campion College, Luther College, and First Nations University of Canada. The Library also comprises the University Archives with collections consisting of original materials relating to the University, its faculty, staff, and students, dating from the inception of Regina College in 1911 to the present day.  oURspace is the adoptive institutional digital repository for scholarly literature, research results, official communications, and materials which define the cultural context of the University of Regina and the province of Saskatchewan. The Library is a partner with several external organizations, including CRKN (Canadian Research Knowledge Network), COPPUL (Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries), CARL (Canadian Association of Research Libraries), the Multitype Library Board, and the Consortium of Academic and Special Libraries of Saskatchewan (CASLS).

About the position:

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian: Content Management and Discovery, the incumbent will be expected to work independently as well as collaboratively with a team of librarians and support staff to provide data support services on campus.

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing training sessions on data discovery, analysis and management, and presenting to groups across campus about the Library’s data services. They will also be up-to-date on trends in open data, statistical and geospatial analysis, GIS, data visualization, and research data management, and will have hands-on experience or a willingness to learn software and techniques in support of this work.

They will be the primary liaison to Geography and Environmental Studies and may have other subject liaison responsibilities yet to be determined.  This role involves serving as the primary point of contact between the Library and assigned academic units, working with the faculty members and students in those units to ensure that their library and information needs are met, and fostering a close relationship between the academic unit and the Library.

Responsibilities (in no particular order) to include:

  • Provide in-person and online training sessions
  • Support liaison librarians and library staff with data reference and research consultations in their subject areas
  • Conduct advanced reference and research consultations with students and faculty
  • Collaborate with other units on campus to coordinate data services and advance research data management
  • Serve as U of R’s main contact for data organizations (e.g. Regina Research Data Centre, ICPSR, DLI, Portage, Scholars Portal)
  • Conduct and apply research and best practices in the areas of academic library data services, statistical data analysis, GIS, data visualization, research data management, and digital scholarship
  • Develop and manage collections in assigned subject areas
  • Engage in scholarship, research, creative or equivalent professional activities
  • Work collaboratively with Library colleagues on committees and working groups that advance all aspects of library planning, policy formulation and service delivery
  • Advance the values and goals outlined in the Library's and University's strategic plans
  • Serve on university-wide committees

The nature and scope of responsibilities for this and other library positions are expected to change as the Library organization evolves.

Required Qualifications

  • An ALA-accredited or recognized degree in Information/Library Science
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
  • Experience in, or demonstrated potential for, supporting researchers with data services, including data discovery, statistical and geospatial data analysis and visualization, and research data management.
  • Experience with two or more common software packages used in statistical data analysis, GIS, and data visualization.
  • Understanding of the regional and national research data management landscape in Canada, including relevant policies, repositories, and tools
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Experience in, or knowledge of, providing information literacy instruction and training
  • Experience in, or knowledge of, collection development practices
  • Understanding of the research process in a variety of disciplines
  • Commitment to scholarship, professional development and service

Additional consideration will be given to those who have:

  • Knowledge of statistical concepts and techniques
  • Experience with scripting languages and relational databases
  • Research experience or additional advanced degree
  • Project management skills
  • Fluency in another language

Application Procedure: Applications must be made through the University of Regina Human Resource’s website (click on Academic Positions): https://www.uregina.ca/hr/careers/opportunities.html


Applications received before January 31, 2020 will receive preferential consideration.

The University of Regina is committed to an inclusive workplace that reflects the richness of the community that we serve. The University welcomes applications from all qualified individuals, including individuals within the University's employment equity categories of women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, aboriginal persons, individuals of diverse gender and sexual orientation and all groups protected by the Human Rights Code.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


For further information, please contact:

Brett Waytuck
University Librarian
Dr. John Archer Library
University of Regina
Regina, SK S4S 0A2
Phone: (306) 585-4295
Fax: (306) 337-2401
E-mail: University.Librarian@uregina.ca