Social Science Research and Spatial Data Librarian

at Cornell University (view profile)
Published May 22, 2024
Location Ithaca, New York
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $73,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $86,000
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Pay Grade Academic - 004
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Cornell University Library invites applications for a Social Science Research and Spatial Data Librarian.


Cornell University Library stands at the center of intellectual life at the university, fostering connections and knowledge that help faculty, students, staff, and researchers from around the world excel in research, scholarship, and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, cutting-edge services and facilities, and a deep network of digital resources.


The Library seeks a creative, knowledgeable, and collaborative Social Science Research and Spatial Data Librarian. Based in the Mui Ho Fine Arts Library, the Social Science Research and Spatial Data Librarian serves as the library liaison to the Department of City and Regional Planning in the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. The position provides targeted public services support to the social science community, as well as services related to spatial data and social science data discovery, analysis, and management. Reporting to the Director of the Music and Fine Arts Libraries, you will collaborate closely with the Fine Arts Library team as well as with colleagues throughout Cornell University Library to provide exceptional research services and programs.


As a member of the Digital Scholarship Services data discovery cohort, the Social Science Research and Spatial Data Librarian provides spatial data support to constituents across campus, develops services to enhance access to spatial data, and participates in planning, developing, and teaching course-integrated instruction and workshops relating to spatial data use.

Candidate Profile:


  • MLS from ALA-accredited library/information science graduate program or a graduate degree in a field related to the position.
  • 5-6 years of relevant professional experience, including at least 3 years’ experience finding, wrangling, processing, and preparing spatial data so that it can be used for analysis, using one or more software or tools, such as QGIS, ArcGIS, R, Python, or OpenRefine.
  • A demonstrated interest in applying spatial data analysis skills to research problems in the social sciences; desire to learn new GIS, mapping, and spatial analysis tools.
  • Experience using a variety of library resources and enthusiasm for teaching others to use those resources.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal and written communication skills, as well as the ability to work collaboratively.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

Additionally, we would prefer any of the following:

  • Five or more years of social science library research and/or teaching experience.
  • Subject knowledge specific to an applied social science field.
  • Subject knowledge in City and Regional Planning or related fields, including academic coursework in appropriate fields. ­

This position is located in Ithaca, New York. The selected candidate will typically work on the Ithaca campus 4 days per week, with the potential for entering a flexible work arrangement to allow remote work 1 day per week. The university reserves the right to modify, suspend, revoke, or terminate the hybrid work arrangement at any time.

The New York convenience of employer guidelines requires New York State individual tax reporting and withholdings for this position. Additional individual state income tax filings may also be required if working temporarily outside New York State.

Diversity and Inclusion: As a university founded to be a place where “…any person can find instruction in any study,” diversity and inclusion are at the core of our values and mission. We strive to be a welcoming, caring, healthy, and equitable community where students, faculty, and staff with different backgrounds, perspectives, abilities, and experiences can learn, innovate, and work in an environment of respect, and feel empowered to engage in any community conversation. As a member of the Cornell University community, it is important to recognize our shared responsibility to each other to cultivate a culture of inclusion for all.  Cornell Core values

Benefits:  Our comprehensive benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, university retirement contributions, childcare and adoption assistance, and child tuition reimbursement. Funding is available to support professional training. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits for endowed employees can be found here. The anticipated academic rank is Associate Librarian, with an anticipated salary range of $73,000-$86,000.


Relocation assistance may be provided.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.


How to Apply:  All candidates must apply online via the Cornell Careers site. See job requisition: WDR-00045667. For full consideration, please include the following with your application:


  1. A cover letter.
  2. A Curriculum Vitae.
  3. A statement supporting diverse communities which may be incorporated into the cover letter or presented as a separate statement. Candidates are invited to outline their experiences and approaches to working with diverse communities through their research, teaching, and service. Guidelines for candidates are here.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a viable pool of applicants is identified; early submission is strongly encouraged. Although we prefer to receive your application as one, multi-page pdf document, we will accept multiple documents in other formats.

Background: Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Its inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contributes creative ideas to further the University's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. In addition to the main campus in Ithaca, NY, Cornell's expansive global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the "foodiest" towns in America. One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of approximately $65 million and a staff of more than 350 FTE, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning.