Job Posting: Data Services Librarian

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Joshua Westgard

Oct 30, 2021, 5:01:03 PM10/30/21
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The University of Maryland Libraries are hiring a Data Services Librarian. For a full description and to apply, go to

Details of the position below.

Joshua Westgard

Joshua A. Westgard, MLS, PhD (he/him/his) | Systems Librarian
Digital Programs and Initiatives | University of Maryland Libraries
Affiliate Faculty | College of Information Studies (iSchool)
McKeldin Library | 7649 Library Ln | College Park, MD 20742-7011 | | +1-301-405-9136 office


Title:  Data Services Librarian

Category: Librarian (Open Rank)

Department: Digital Programs and Initiatives

Salary Range:   Position is budgeted for a salary range of $56k-$62K and commensurate with experience and appropriate ranking for faculty.

Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays

Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

The University of Maryland Libraries are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We support university and library efforts to create a more just campus environment, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record. We provide collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, heighten cultural awareness, and incorporate the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented. We work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services.

Nature of Work:

The primary responsibility of the Data Services Librarian is to serve as the program lead to identify, implement, and promote novel, sustainable data services throughout all stages of the research data lifecycle. The incumbent in this position will be the Libraries’ primary expert for the technologies, standards, and best practices required to support comprehensive data services initiatives, including repositories and hosting requirements. They serve as the expert on technology and tools to support University of Maryland researchers and partners as they manage, analyze, share, communicate, and preserve their research data. The Data Services Librarian must collaborate closely with UMD Libraries’ staff to ensure Research Data Services are aligned with the diverse needs of a broad variety of researchers, and they take the initiative to identify and support the technical needs of researchers as well as suggest improvements and new services or workflows. The Data Services Librarian actively participates in programs and projects in Digital Programs and Initiatives, including but not limited to the institutional repository (DRUM), digital publishing, and digital collections.

Reporting to the Manager, Digital Programs and Initiatives, the Data Services Librarian supports the collection, description, storage, and assessment of data acquired or generated by researchers. They engage in technical consultations with researchers to identify needs, partner with subject specialists on tools for data collection, description, analysis, and exploration, and coordinate closely with both technical and non-technical staff throughout UMD Libraries to deploy solutions for data management. They help cultivate partnerships and strengthen collaborations between researchers, curators, technologists, and administrators.

Minimum Qualifications: 


  • Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited or a non-US equivalent institution of higher education by the start of employment, or a graduate degree in a subject area relevant to the position's duties with two years relevant experience.


  • One year of prior work experience related to the duties of the job.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Proficiency with at least one programming or scripting language, such as R, Python, JavaScript, or Ruby.

  • Ability to use scripts or tools to extract and manipulate data from a variety of sources, including web services and APIs.

  • Knowledge of issues and technical challenges related to use and archiving of digital data.

  • Familiarity with institutional or subject repository systems such as Fedora, DSpace, Dataverse, or comparable products.

  • Familiarity with academic, research, or special libraries.

For the full position description and faculty requirements, please go to

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. Applicant must meet the Libraries' requirements for promotion, which includes a commitment to professional development, service, and self-directed research, scholarship, and/or creative activities.  For additional information, consult the following website: .

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at  No relocation assistance will be provided.  You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment.  An application consists of a cover letter, which includes the source of advertisement, a curriculum vitae, and names/e-mail addresses of three references

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until November 7, 2021

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment. Failure to provide proof of vaccination or to obtain approval for a medical or religious exemption will result in the offer of employment being rescinded.

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