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Geospatial Information Librarian

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Library -Admin Services
Union: MSP
Categories: Librarians

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

About UMass Amherst Libraries

UMass Amherst Libraries make up the largest publicly-supported research library in New England with more than eight million physical and digital items available to users. As a key partner in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and beyond, the Libraries foster a diverse, inclusive, and user-centered environment in which to engage with ideas and acquire the skills necessary for independent learning and critical thinking. We value collaborations and partnerships; diversity and inclusion; innovation and creativity; openness and transparency; and sustainability and stewardship.

Essential Functions:

  • Provide specialized GIS and geospatial data support for research, teaching, and learning needs of faculty, students, and researchers in all disciplines.
  • Lead, develop, and promote GIS services and resources to meet curricular and research needs on campus.
  • Provide research assistance, presentations, and instruction on the use of GIS tools and software.
  • Develop services to assist faculty, students, and staff in finding and applying geospatial data.
  • Collaborate with librarians, library staff, and campus communities to provide general and specialized GIS instruction in geospatial concepts and specific systems.
  • Collaborate with other library and campus programs to apply and promote best practices in the discovery, access, use, curation, dissemination, and preservation of locally created and externally available geospatial data through reference, research consultations, instruction, online guides, websites, and other outreach efforts.
  • Consult with and advise faculty, students, and other researchers on specific GIS projects in support of their academic pursuits, techniques, and methodologies through project support, workings, training programs, and curricular engagement.
  • Collaborate on the development and implementation of library and university projects that involve the use of geospatial data.
  • Collaborate with other library and campus programs to apply and promote best practices in the discovery, access, use, curation, dissemination, and preservation of locally created and externally available geospatial data through reference, research consultations, instruction, online guides, websites, and other outreach efforts.
  • Work closely with subject librarians in outreach efforts to identify and support GIS opportunities in their disciplines.
  • Monitor trends in GIS applications to teaching and research, and stay abreast of advances in geospatial technologies.
  • Support current and emerging research, teaching, and creative activities in digital scholarship on campus.
  • Communicate regularly with faculty, staff and students to develop and maintain strong, productive working relationships.
  • Collaborate with library staff and others campus stakeholders in developing vision and development of digital scholarship initiatives.
  • Work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the UMass Amherst Libraries and the campus.
  • Represent the Libraries at Five College Committees, Boston Library Consortium Committees, or other selected professional meetings and conferences if asked.
  •  Serve on internal library committees as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the Library and the department.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library sciences - or equivalent degree – from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or its appropriate equivalent in librarianship from another country, or have appropriate equivalent experience.
  • 3 years demonstrated experience using desktop and web GIS and mapping software such as ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth, MapInfo and Carto; experience with applications of these tools in research and teaching.
  • Demonstrated experience working with and a working knowledge of how geospatial data are created, processed, organized, and used.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of geospatial metadata standards, methods, and formats.
  • Experience teaching GIS and geospatial concepts in an academic library environment with a demonstrated facility in conveying technical concepts to both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Awareness of the latest trends in academic librarianship.
  • Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communications skills, including presentation skills, as well as initiative, flexibility and willingness to engage in continual learning.
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities in a positive, constructive, flexible, and cooperative manner.
  • Ability to respond effectively to rapidly changing needs and priorities showing initiative, flexibility, and good humor.
  • Ability to plan, coordinate, and implement projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish work priorities, set performance expectations, achieve goals, and direct work in a high-production, rapidly evolving setting.
  • Record of developing and implementing new ideas in a complex, knowledge-creating organization.
  • Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and/or facilitate workflow.
  • Demonstrated ability to work creatively, collaboratively and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the UMass Amherst Libraries and the campus.
  • Understanding, appreciation of and experience with the goals of higher education.

 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Additional degree in GIS, geography, geology, geomatics or professional experience in these or similar areas.
  • Experience with programming languages such as Python, Perl, or PHP
  • Experience with data visualization tools, software, and concepts as related to geospatial information

 

RANK AND SALARY COMMENSURATE WITH SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

Librarian II salary floor is $60,000

Librarian III salary floor is $68,500

 

Work Shift:

Monday-Friday, daytime hours

Application Instructions:

Apply online and submit a letter of application, resume, diversity statement and contact information (phone and email) for three professional references by January 11, 2019 for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

 

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

 

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