Data Librarian

at University of Colorado Boulder Libraries (view profile)
Published October 21, 2022
Location Boulder, CO
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements Master's Degree
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $67,000-$71,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Twitter Handle @cublibraries


University of Colorado Boulder Libraries

Job Announcement

Data Librarian

The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries seek a collaborative and strategic individual to serve as Data Librarian! This is a non-tenure track, faculty position that will be hired at the Teaching Assistant Professor rank and report to the Data and Scholarly Communication Services Section Lead. The Data Librarian will be a member of the Libraries’ Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship, which is part of the Administration Chapter. Please see the Libraries’ organizational chart

The Data Librarian supports a range of services related to accessing, using, and managing quantitative and other types of scientific data. This position works with student, faculty, and staff users and producers of data, and helps to identify, develop, implement, and assess data services to meet the needs of the CU Boulder community. The Data Librarian provides outreach, consultation, and instruction in various modalities on topics such as finding and accessing particular types of data, using software and tools for working with data (e.g., Python, R, OpenRefine), preparing data for analysis, and managing and publishing data. The Data Librarian fosters relationships with departments, research institutes/centers, and laboratories in order to enhance support across campus, including for the creation of data management plans for grant proposals.  In collaboration with CRDDS colleagues, the Data Librarian actively contributes to and promotes data curation services in the open access and open source CU Scholar institutional repository as well as in disciplinary data repositories. Additionally, an essential element of this position is participation in building an inclusive campus environment and the Data Librarian will participate in the Libraries’ Commitment to Diversity and Inclusive Excellence, contributing to cultivating inclusive Libraries and campus environments. 

Who We Are


We are a knowledge catalyst. We fuel inquiry, discovery, collaboration, creation, and the dissemination of knowledge. We welcome everyone, wherever they are on their educational journey. 


An information-empowered world.


Empower | Connect | Learn | Inspire

Our values define our interactions within the Libraries and radiate outwardly. This means that we develop a culture that compassionately and authentically embodies our values in all aspects of our work.

Diversity Statement

We affirm diversity and inclusive excellence to be vitally integral to the Libraries’ mission and vision. We strive to model this in recruitment and retention, building collections, and offering services and spaces to develop a receptive social, intellectual, and physical environment for all. Learn more about our dedication to diversity and inclusivity.

The University Libraries encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job and that person may be one who comes from a less traditional background. As you review the qualifications, please think about how your qualifications are transferable if (at first) they do not seem directly related. Share how your skills translate in your cover letter. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t meet every preferred qualification.

What We Require

  1. Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent, or a relevant combination of professional library experience and terminal degree(s) in a related field(s)
  2. Ability to advocate for, participate in, and cultivate environments that support diversity, respect, and inclusion
  3. Demonstrated commitment to a user-centered approach to data services 
  4. Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
  5. Commitment to responding flexibly and effectively to the shifting needs and priorities of colleagues, the Libraries, and Libraries constituents

What You Will Need

  1. Experience engaging in collaborative projects or programs
  2. Experience and/or coursework involving use, analysis, and management of quantitative data
  3. Familiarity with one or more programming languages or statistical packages (e.g., Python, R, SPSS, SAS, etc.)

What We Would Like You to Have

  1. One year or more of relevant experience in an academic or research library
  2. Demonstrated experience developing and/or implementing policies, procedures, or best practices for data management or curation
  3. Experience providing outreach, consultation, and instruction

What We Can Offer

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit, and an ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment.

The successful candidate will be appointed as full-time (12 month) non-tenure track faculty member at the Teaching Assistant Professor rank. The salary range is $67,000-$71,000. Relocation assistance is available for those who qualify.

What You Should Know

University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

Application Process

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by November 6, 2022 in order to receive full consideration. The application must be made online at CU Boulder Jobs (posting 43636) and must include the following:

  • A cover letter of application specifically addressing qualifications for the position
  • CV/Resume
  • Diversity Statement
    • This should be a brief (1-2 pages) discussion of your vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion relating to the responsibilities of this position and within the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries in general. (The Libraries’ Commitment to Diversity and Inclusive Excellence is here. The CU Boulder Campus Definition of Inclusive Excellence is here.) This statement could include a statement of values, relevant information about one’s background and experiences, ideas for serving a diverse campus community, particularly in libraries, or plans for bringing new points of view to your librarianship, research, and service. Be as specific as possible.

References will be requested at a later stage in the search process. 

Questions may be directed to George Karpoff, Search Coordinator, at George.Karpoff@Colorado.EDU

Direct Link to Apply:

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include reference checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history.

About the University, Libraries, and the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship

As the flagship University of a multi-campus system in the State of Colorado, CU Boulder is a dynamic community of scholars and learners situated on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the country. As one of 36 U.S. public institutions belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU)—and the only member in the Rocky Mountain region—we have a proud tradition of academic excellence, with five Nobel laureates and more than 50 members of prestigious academic academies.

CU Boulder is committed to Colorado communities through collaborative research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Our faculty, staff and students work with the broader community to establish unique connections that have lasting outcomes—both across Colorado and around the world. Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the outstanding comprehensive public research universities of the new century, we strive to serve the people of Colorado and to engage with the world through excellence in our teaching, research, creative work, and service. The CU Systemwide Lands Recognition Statement, arrived at after connecting with Native American groups on all CU campuses, as well as with campus chief diversity officers, chancellors and system leadership, is available at

The University Libraries faculty and staff are diverse, dedicated, and passionate people who share this vision and mission. Librarians participate at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank. The Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries and hold the largest collection in the Rocky Mountain region with over 12 million books, periodicals, government publications, audiovisual materials, microforms, maps, manuscripts, papers, and computer-based resources. The Libraries faculty and staff collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus and with our clients to advance information literacy, intellectual freedom, lifelong learning, the disciplinary growth of information, and the amplification of knowledge.

Established in 2017, the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship is a partnership between Research Computing and the University Libraries. We are a collaborative team of data and information professionals, scholars, and educators with expertise in data-intensive scholarship and teaching. Our goal is to serve as an interdisciplinary hub and resource on campus that empowers everyone as they navigate the research lifecycle, through workshops and seminars, certificate programs, and collaborative opportunities.

About Boulder, Colorado

Boulder and the surrounding area are known as one of the best places to live because of the spectacular setting, acres of open space, and vibrant atmosphere. At 5,430 feet above sea level, acres of vast open space entwine into Boulder's cityscape nestled into the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Home to approximately 90,000 residents, Boulder has a mild, dry climate with more than 300 days of sunshine per year. Boulder offers activities for every interest. In 2021, the Boulder City Council voted unanimously to adopt the city’s Racial Equity Plan, a document that puts forth the city’s commitment to change with actions and measurable outcomes to advancing racial equity, while facing the history and policies that have impacted people of color. Penfield Tate II, the City of Boulder’s first Black mayor elected in 1974, is quoted as saying, “The measure of a great city and a great country is not the size of its greenbelt but how it treats its people.”