Data Services and Digital Scholarship Librarian

at UC Santa Barbara Library (view profile)
Location Santa Barbara, CA
Date Posted May 17, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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The University of California, Santa Barbara, is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the exclusive Association of American Universities. The University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the prestigious Association of Research Libraries.

The UC Santa Barbara Library undertakes new initiatives and collaborations stemming from UCSB researcher needs. The Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory, the UCSB Library's new digital scholarship and data support center, together with the other departments in the division (e.g. Information Technology and Library Systems, Data Curation, and Digital Library Development), plays a leading role in the Library's engagement with campus priorities, such as the current data science initiative. The Library is actively involved in digital scholarship collaborations with faculty and the other UC campuses around designing and delivering services that support scholarly research.

The Collaboratory seeks a collaborative, dynamic, service-oriented librarian to foster excellence in digital scholarship and teaching through the delivery of innovative services to the campus community in the areas of social media, and textual, numeric, and demographic data. The successful candidate will support data- and computation-intensive research in the Collaboratory, and serve as the Library's expert on the lifecycle of social media data. The expected effective date of the position is August 15, 2019 or later.


Reporting to the Director of the Collaboratory, the Data Services and Digital Scholarship Librarian develops and implements programming that supports data-centric research across the disciplines, including workshops, online learning objects, and course-connected instruction; provides consultation services for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates in all Collaboratory areas, including but not limited to social science, spatial, and social media data; engages in extended project work with faculty researchers; consults on scholarly communication issues, particularly in regards to appropriate use and stewardship of research data; and maintains active Software/Data Carpentry instructor certification (

The Data Services and Digital Scholarship Librarian works individually and as part of the Collaboratory team to contribute to creative and innovative approaches to advancing and promoting the Collaboratory's services; participates in an active instructional program, including developing and delivering presentations to specialized undergraduate and graduate courses; creates and maintains online guides to specialized Library resources, including but not limited to Twitter data acquisition and analytics platforms, R, and Python data analytics; and designs workshop curriculum and learning objects for Software, Data, Library, and Author Carpentry.

The Data Services and Digital Scholarship Librarian will assist the Collaboratory Director with collection management and development for the Library's data collections. Collection development and management responsibilities include but are not limited to selection, assessment, and lifecycle management of data resources that support scholarship and teaching. These data resources may be created, harvested, purchased, or licensed by the Library or our partners. Recognizing the unique strength of interdisciplinary scholarship on the UC Santa Barbara campus, the Data Services and Digital Scholarship Librarian works collaboratively with librarians in other units to develop scholarly collections and provide access to resources that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries and support new fields of inquiry.


At time of application, ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library or Information Science, OR graduate-level degree in a data-intensive discipline with at least one year's professional experience.

Academic background or knowledge of the current data science methodologies demonstrated through undergraduate or advanced degree coursework, or work experience;
At least one year's experience in contemporary digital scholarship or data services practices and techniques, including but not limited to web scraping, data visualization, text analysis, and quantitative data analysis in a scripting environment such as R or Python;
Familiarity with current and emerging trends in data- and computationally-intense academic research demonstrated through undergraduate or advanced degree coursework, or work experience;
Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the community.

At least two years' work experience in an academic library;
Demonstrated user focus and the ability to work effectively in a rapidly changing, technical, collaborative, and culturally diverse environment;
Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
Demonstrated experience with instructional design concepts, practices, and tools in an academic library setting;
Software or Data Carpentry trainer certification.


Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Librarians at the University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month. The University has excellent retirement plans and a selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Benefits information can be found at

The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the American Federation of Teachers.

Apply by June 2, 2019 for primary consideration, thereafter this position will remain open until filled. Only completed applications, including a CV, a cover letter, names and contact information for two references, and an optional but encouraged statement of contributions to diversity, will be considered.
Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit:
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For additional assistance, contact Ryan George in Library Human Resources at (805) 893-3841 or
Appointment and continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.