Thursday, January 28, 2016

University of California San Diego - Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Librarian - Full Time

Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Librarian

Job #JPF01018


  • Open date: January 21st, 2016
  • Next review date: February 29th, 2016
  • Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
  • Final date: May 1st, 2016
  • Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

The University of California San Diego Library seeks applications from highly motivated, innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented professionals to join the Library as our GIS Librarian (Assistant, Associate or Full Librarian). This position reports to the Program Director of the Library’s Reference and Research Advisory Services (RRAS).

Responsibilities of the Position
  • As the use of geospatial data across academic disciplines and the broader UC San Diego campus continues to expand, the GIS Librarian plays a critical role in leading and developing the Library's GIS services for learning, teaching, and research. GIS is a vital component of RRAS, and the GIS Librarian is the leader within the UC San Diego Library for developing, managing and providing geospatial data and services. Since the position has remained unfilled for a few years, the new GIS Librarian will have the opportunity to rebuild our GIS services and play a pivotal role in moving RRAS forward. S/he will apply best practices in geospatial data management and curation for both preservation and re-use. S/he will implement cutting-edge web-based technologies for augmentation, presentation, or manipulation of geospatial data. This position also supports other activities related to reference and research advisory services.
  • Leads, develops, and promotes GIS services and resources to meet curricular and research needs on campus
  • Provides specialized GIS assistance and general reference service at the Research Assistance Desk in person and with virtual users
  • Collaborates with librarians, library staff, and campus communities to provide specialized GIS instructional services
  • Partners with subject librarians for liaison and outreach to academic departments and programs on campus
  • Selects and manages geospatial data, materials and software in all applicable formats
  • Collaborates with Library programs to develop and implement strategies to support the acquisition, management, curation and preservation of GIS Data
  • Collaboratively manages the daily operations of the Library’s Data & GIS Lab

Required Qualifications
  • Professional degree from a library school or other advanced degree, or equivalent experience in one or more fields relevant to library science, and a concentration or advanced coursework in GIS
  • Proficient with GIS software including ESRI ArcGIS
  • Experience working with geospatial data, metadata standards, formats, and analytic software
  • Ability to effectively teach the use of GIS to students and faculty in the academic environment
  • Ability to develop effective relationships between the Library and other campus units
  • Superior organizational, analytical and communication skills
  • Strong commitment to excellence in service and ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education

Desired Qualifications
  • Experience with a programming language, such as Python or R
  • Experience with open-source and web-based GIS tools (OpenLayers, Leaflet, Open GeoPortal,
     Harvard WorldMap, QGIS, ArcGIS Online, etc.)
  • Experience with data visualization tools, software and concepts related to geospatial information
  • Experience providing reference service in an academic or research library

Salary and level of appointment in the Librarian series commensurate with qualifications and experience and based on the University of California pay scales

Please provide the following:
  • A short application letter addressing your interest in this position and applicable qualifications
  • A resume of education and relevant experience
  • The names of at least three persons who are knowledgeable about your qualifications and/or suitability for this position
  • A personal statement summarizing your past or planned contributions to diversity; guidance for preparing diversity statements can be found at:

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Contributions to diversity - Applicants should summarize their past or potential contributions to diversity. See our Faculty Equity site for more information.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

3 references required (contact information only)

  • Create an ApplicantID
  • Provide required information and documents
  • If any, provide required reference information

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