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Libraries, Assistant or Associate Professor, Data Services Specialist (002716-2012)

 Purdue Libraries seeks a highly motivated and intellectually curious individual to provide leadership for Purdue Libraries Data Services. At Purdue, we are redefining the role of librarians within the learning, discovery, and engagement initiatives of the University, through involvement in information literacy instruction, scholarly communication, e-science, data management, and global outreach. Purdue Libraries has been a leader in research in data curation, as well as in developing tools, systems and services for data management planning, most notably the Data Curation Profiles. With the creation of the Purdue University Research Repository (PURR) research.hub.purdue.edu in 2010, Purdue expanded data services to include data management planning, publishing and dissemination. The Libraries’ leadership working with DataCite has resulted in publishing data sets with DOIs in PURR. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research, the Data Services Specialist has a tenure track faculty appointment and works closely with the PURR Digital Data Repository Specialist to lead data service efforts at Purdue. This position provides a unique opportunity to engage in leading edge work in data management and curation.

Responsibilities: The Data Services Specialist will work with faculty and staff to integrate data services throughout the Libraries.   The Data Services Specialist will work centrally to design, develop and implement resources, tools, and systems.   S/he will assess Libraries faculty and staff needs for professional development and training in this area; advise in the use of effective data management tools and activities; collaborate with campus partners in support of data services; monitor and research new data curation approaches and technologies that may be applicable to data services; and facilitate the implementation of data service innovations.  S/he will lead the Data Working Group, a Libraries-wide group which coordinates training and data services best practices. The Data Services Specialist may serve as liaison to one or more academic departments.  

Required qualifications:   Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school, or doctorate in a related field. Knowledge of research data lifecycle concepts and issues. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work collaboratively in a team-based environment. Commitment to engage in scholarship worthy of promotion and tenure as a faculty member of Purdue University.

Desired qualifications: Experience providing research data services. Understanding of best practices in data curation and management. Familiarity with repositories and other data resources. Hands-on experience creating and disseminating information resources. Experience working with and/or teaching diverse groups/diverse students.

Environment: The Purdue University Libraries system (http://www.lib.purdue.edu/) includes the divisions of Archives and Special Collections (ASC); Health and Life Sciences (HLS); Humanities, Social Sciences, Education, and Business (HSSEB); and Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PSET). Other areas include Collections Management, Circulation and Repositories, Resource Sharing, Resource Services, Instruction and Digital Program Services, and the Distributed Data Curation Center (D2C2). The Purdue University Press and the University Copyright Office report to the dean of libraries, and the work of these units is integrated with and into the operations of the Libraries. The staff of 175 includes 70 faculty and professionals.

At Purdue, the Libraries faculty is redefining the role of librarians within the learning, discovery, and engagement initiatives of the University, through involvement in information literacy instruction, scholarly communication, e-science, data management, and global outreach. The Purdue Libraries has embarked upon a comprehensive information literacy program, including the creation of the first endowed chair in information literacy in the country in 2008 and the expansion of collaborative endeavors with disciplinary faculty culminating in 2012 with a core campus curriculum that includes information literacy as a required core competency.  Libraries faculty collaborate with disciplinary faculty to develop methodologies and repositories for discovering, accessing, and sharing of research publications and data. A reconceptualization of spaces is taking place throughout the Libraries.  The Roland G. Parrish Library of Management and Economics, created through a major renovation completed in early 2012, (http://www.lib.purdue.edu/adv/newsletters/LibNews_F10.pdf) is a natural extension of the classroom, where students work in teams or individually, using smart boards, image capture equipment, and computer pod workstations, and are able to choose from a variety of space and furniture configurations, including a self-service café.  In summer 2012, a multi-phase renovation of the undergraduate library will add a second and third active learning classroom to support Purdue’s innovative course-redesign initiative, IMPACT.  Future renovation will create a space where students will find seating for quiet individual study, collaboration stations for team learning, and a café area, all open 24/5.  A combined science and engineering library is in the planning stages as part of new classroom/library building. 

Purdue Libraries is an active member of state, regional, national, and international associations and consortia, including the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), SPARC, the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the Digital Library Federation (DLF), the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), and the International Association of Scientific and Technological University Libraries (IATUL).  Purdue Libraries is a founding member of both HathiTrust and DataCite. Purdue is one of four universities collaborating with Ex Libris, Inc., on its Alma library system, the next generation library management system.  Collaboration and partnerships are hallmarks of Purdue Libraries both on and off campus, including partnership with ITaP (Information Technology at Purdue) and the Purdue Office of Research to provide assistance with funder data requirements.  Purdue Libraries is a leader in the area of data curation, including development of the Data Curation Profiles which provide information professionals a means of investigating, uncovering, and capturing the data needs of faculty researchers. The Purdue University Research Repository (PURR), a Libraries initiative, provides an online, collaborative working space and data-sharing platform to support the data management needs of Purdue researchers and their collaborators.  Since 2005, Purdue Libraries has collaborated in interdisciplinary sponsored research on campus with over 100 faculty, as well as off campus with other libraries and institutions and is in its 8th year of a partnership with the ARL Initiative to Recruit a Diverse Workforce to provide ARL Diversity Scholars with a behind-the-scenes look at the advanced operations of research libraries.  Purdue Libraries, in concert with five other academic libraries, is partnering with CLIR to offer fellowship placements in the Postdoctoral Fellowship in Academic Libraries program. http://www.clir.org/fellowships/postdoc

Purdue University (http://www.purdue.edu/), located in West Lafayette, Indiana, in the historic Wabash River valley, is one hour from Indianapolis and two hours from Chicago. Renowned for its programs in engineering, science, agriculture, and business, the University has over 39,500 students and 15,000 employees. Purdue is a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), the Association of American Universities (AAU), and the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Purdue has the second highest enrollment of international students among public U.S. universities, with 7,934 undergraduate, professional, and graduate students in fall 2011, including 1,329 freshmen (20% of the freshman class). The greater Lafayette area (http://www.homeofpurdue.com/) provides diverse cultural, social, and recreational activities.

Salary and benefits:  Salary commensurate with experience in the context of Purdue University’s salary structure. Faculty tenure-track position with a twelve-month appointment. Rank of assistant or associate professor depending on qualifications.  Purdue provides a generous fringe benefit package that includes retirement benefits as well as health, disability and life insurance, 22 annual vacation days, and tuition support for employee, children, and spouse/same sex domestic partner.

Application process: To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information of at least three references via email to Carla Heuss, Libraries Human Resources Assistant, at green113@purdue.edu   Please place “Data Services Specialist” in the subject line of the email.  Nominations for the position will be accepted and should be sent to the same email address.  Review of applications will begin on September 15, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.  Questions may be directed to Carla Heuss at 765-494-2899 or the above email address.  A background check will be required for this position.