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Reminder: Data Curation Librarian, University of Tennessee (Knoxville)

Review of applications begins April 15, 2013. Please feel free to repost elsewhere.


Position:  Data Curation Librarian

Appointment Rank:


Available:  June 1, 2013

The Data Curation Librarian will build on e-Science training initiatives and support new emphases and directions in liaison librarian assignments at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  This new position will lead new initiatives in data curation and work collaboratively on new research initiatives and campus technology innovation. 

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communication, the data curation librarian will: strengthen the University’s capacity to secure highly competitive grant funding; contribute to the development of long-term data management infrastructure; assist faculty in the discovery of relevant existing data sets and other information; serve as a PI, co-PI or grant team member on externally funded projects; and engage in research and professional activity at the national and international level.  The librarian performs data management planning with PIs and researchers, serves as a consultant with researchers on research data issues, and trains researchers on the use of digital research and publishing tools, including UT’s Trace digital repository.  The successful candidate will perform outreach and facilitate communication between the Libraries and research groups at UT. The librarian is a member of the Research and Scholarly Services department and a Learning, Research, and Collections liaison.  As such, the incumbent is responsible for learning and engagement, research and scholarly communication, and stewardship and collections activities in assigned liaison areas. The Data Curation Librarian is responsible for building strong relationships with administrators, faculty, students, and staff on campus, within the Libraries, and beyond the university.  Depending on qualifications and experience, the incumbent may be responsible for supervising library faculty and/or staff.


  • Assist faculty with development of data management plans for grant applications and general data stewardship
  • Working closely with other liaison librarians, incorporate support for data management, citation, and preservation into library services
  • Maintain an awareness of emerging trends and best practices in e-science, data curation, and e-scholarship in all disciplines.
  • Develop services to enhance access to data.
  • Maintain awareness of subject or disciplinary repositories of potential interest to the UT research community
  • Maintain awareness of tools and algorithms for computationally centered, data-driven science (data mining, visualization, text mining, etc.)
  • Actively participate in university-wide initiatives to develop and design policies, services, and infrastructure to enable faculty and students to preserve and make available their research data
  • Partner with internal units (such as Digital Initiatives, Learning and Outreach, and Agriculture & Veterinary Medicine Library) and external units (such as Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement, Office of Information Technology, and Center for Information & Communication Studies) to implement data management and publishing services and workshops

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science, or doctorate in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to the life cycle of research data
  • Familiarity with two or more commonly used repository platforms (Fedora, DSpace, Dataverse, iRODS, etc.)
  • Strong commitment to public service and ability to work well with diverse population of faculty, students, and academic colleagues
  • Strong communication (oral and writing), interpersonal, and presentation skills
  • Ability to initiate and manage collaborative projects and develop policies
  • Ability to think creatively in developing and promoting the use of library services and collections through a variety of outreach efforts
  • Familiarity with funding agency requirements for data management plans
  • Familiarity with ISO 14721
  • Must be able to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with research data and researchers (e.g. a combination of academic work done in labs with research data, outreach work done with researchers and faculty, digital repository work, etc.)
  • Second advanced degree in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field or quantitative social science discipline
  • Experience with DSpace, Fedora, Dataverse, or iRODS
  • Experience with one or more of the following web technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Perl, Python, Java
  • Experience with XML, XSLT, and relational databases
  • Instruction or teaching experience
  • Familiarity with at least one of the following metadata standards: Ecological Metadata Language (EML), Data Documentation Initiative (DDI), FGDC/ISO 19115, METS, PREMIS
  • Ability to use various tools for metadata manipulation and scripting
  • Successful track record of collaboration with other campus units around scholarly issues and/or technologies
  • Experience working on an externally funded project
  • Responsible conduct of research/research ethics training or certification
  • Experience with a statistical software package (e.g., SPSS, SAS, R)
  • Supervisory experience


The University of Tennessee Libraries serves the flagship campus of the state university system. The UT Libraries supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the university and enhances the academic experience of each student at the Knoxville campus — through outstanding print and electronic collections, reference and instructional services, and top-notch facilities and technological resources.

The UT Libraries serves as an intellectual, cultural, and social center for the university and community.  We are a national leader in the creation of regionally significant digital collections; in support of open access though our digital repository Trace; and through a rich history of designing innovative spaces and building key partnerships that enhance the teaching/learning enterprise.   The University of Tennessee Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, Lyrasis, and the Center for Research Libraries. The UT Libraries collaborates actively at the state level with the other UT System Libraries as well as the libraries in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at….

Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan or ORP (AIG Retirement, ING, TIAA-CREF) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.

Application Procedures:

A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Library Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to   Review of applications will begin April 15, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.  Qualified spring graduates are encouraged to apply.  

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.  

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University. 

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.



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