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Data Librarian

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The University of Colorado Boulder (CU Boulder) Libraries invites applications from candidates for the position of Data Librarian, a non-tenure track position in the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS). As a part of a highly collaborative team in CRDDS, the Data Librarian provides leadership and support for a range of services related to accessing, using, manipulating, and managing quantitative and other types of scientific data to meet the needs of our community. This position provides outreach, consultation, and instruction in various modalities on topics such as finding and accessing particular types of data, preparing data for analysis, using software for working with data, and managing data. They foster relationships with departments, research institutes, and laboratories in order to provide support across campus, including for the creation of data management plans for grant proposals. The Data Librarian actively contributes to and promotes data curation services in the open access and open source CU Scholar (Samvera) institutional repository as well as in disciplinary data repositories. They work closely with a variety of partners in this work, including subject specialist librarians and experts in fields across campus.

This is a renewable, non-tenure-track faculty position. Successful candidates will be expected to engage in research and professional service activities.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are


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


An information-empowered world.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

  • Lead Libraries’ efforts to identify, develop, implement, and assess services in support of the use of quantitative and other types of scientific data.
  • Provide outreach, consultation, and instruction in various modalities on topics related to accessing, using, manipulating, and managing data.
  • In partnership with subject specialist librarians and other colleagues, acquire and promote access to data of value to research and instruction on campus.
  • In collaboration with the Research Data Management Initiative in CRDDS, provide active curation (e.g., in accordance with FAIR data principles) for research data in the CU Scholar institutional repository and assist with submission of data to disciplinary repositories.
  • Monitor ongoing developments and trends in data services, and disseminate relevant information to appropriate library and campus audiences via a variety of channels and formats.
  • Serve as the University of Colorado Boulder’s Official Representative to ICPSR.
  • Participate and work collaboratively with faculty and staff in committees, task forces, and working groups in the library and on campus, especially those involved with data services.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to identify funding opportunities and prepare grant proposals supporting programmatic needs.
  • Work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented project development environment.
  • Participate in the collegial environment of the Center and performs duties as assigned.

What You Should Know

About the University, Libraries, and CRDDS:

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 34 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 has blossomed in size and quality since we opened our doors in 1877—attracting superb faculty, staff, and students and building strong programs in the sciences, engineering, business, law, arts, humanities, education, music, and many other fields.

Today, with our sights set on becoming the standard for the great 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. Faculty and staff in the University Libraries and CRDDS are diverse, hardworking, and passionate people who share this vision and mission. Librarians are engaged at all levels of the campus and hold full faculty status and rank.

CRDDS is a campus research center, and partnership between the University Libraries and Research Computing, that is dedicated to supporting data-intensive research across disciplines. We collaborate internally, with colleagues beyond the campus, and with our users to advance data literacy and the creation and amplification of knowledge.

About Boulder, Colorado:

Boulder and the surrounding area is known as one of the best places to live because of its spectacular setting 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. Over 80 miles of pedestrian and bike paths, as well as a convenient bus system, provide transportation around town and to the Denver metropolitan area. Photographers, music lovers, rock climbers, Olympians, artists, and others are drawn to Boulder because of its scenic beauty, vibrant culture, and fabulous amenities. Boulder is just three hours from 11 ski resorts, 40 minutes from Denver, and moments from 43,000 acres of open space and trails. 

What We Can Offer

The successful individual will be appointed as full-time (12 month) non-tenure stream faculty member. Depending on professional experience, appointment will be at the instructor or senior instructor level. The minimum starting salary is $66,000.


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

Be Statements

Be Accomplished. Be Collaborative. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited library program or Ph.D. (or other terminal degree) in another field.
  • Experience and/or coursework involving use and analysis of quantitative or scientific data.
  • Demonstrated commitment to a user-centered approach to data services.
  • Ability to cultivate and advocate for an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Proven dedication to an interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to data services.
  • Familiarity with one or more applications for working with data.
  • Demonstrated ability to carry out project-based work.

What You Will Need

  • Ability to cultivate and advocate for an environment of diversity and inclusion.
  • Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Experience providing instruction, consultation, or outreach at the university level.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and/or implementing policies, procedures, or best practices for data acquisition, access, management, or curation.
  • Commitment to the value of open and sustainable access to research and scholarship.
  • Knowledge of key sources of quantitative or scientific data.

The CU Boulder Libraries encourages applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We are most interested in finding the best person 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 those skills translate in the cover letter. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe that every one of our preferred qualifications described is met.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials: 

  1. A cover letter of application specifically addressing your qualifications
  2. CV/Resume
  3. Diversity Statement
    • This should be a brief (1-2 pages) discussion of your vision for diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Libraries and this position. 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 research, education, and service. Be as specific as possible.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. It is recommended that applications be submitted by June 12, 2020 to receive full consideration. 

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

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