Research and Instruction / Data Services Librarian

Northfield, Minnesota, United States

Job description

To partner with faculty and students to advance teaching, learning, and research in the social sciences and other disciplines as needed; to teach in the librarys program of course-integrated instruction in information literacy, research practices, and data literacy; and to coordinate programmatic support for research data services across the curriculum. Additionally, this position supports the colleges curriculum and the work of the St. Olaf-Carleton Bridge Library Consortium, and provides reference services and guides library users in identifying, retrieving, and evaluating information in all formats.

1. Provide research and information literacy services – 45% of time

  • Provide research and information literacy services for students and faculty in the social sciences and other disciplines as needed
  • Partner with faculty and academic staff to plan and deliver course-integrated instruction in information literacy and research practices
  • Create educational materials, deliver workshops, and organize events to support teaching and learning
  • Serve as the liaison to academic departments and programs in the social sciences and other disciplines

2. Coordinate data services across the curriculum – 40% of time

  • Partner with faculty and academic staff to support data-driven courses, assignments, and research in the social sciences and other disciplines as appropriate
  • Create instructional materials and programs to teach data literacy
  • Provide specialized research support to assist patrons in the discovery and use of data
  • Collaborate with the Social Sciences and Data Librarian at Carleton College to develop cross-institutional data support, training, and resources

3. Provide research assistance to library patrons – 10% of time

  • Staff the research desk
  • Provide research consultations with faculty and students
  • Staff online research support services, including email and chat

4. Work collaboratively and in tandem with peers at Carleton College as a member of the Bridge Consortium 3% of time

  • Serve on inter-collegial teams, task forces, and working groups as projects and initiatives require
  • Participate in Bridge Consortium meetings and functions in order to provide access to joint library resources

5. General Office Responsibilities – 2% of time

  • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned
  • Attend meetings


  • Knowledge of technology trends, standards, and issues in academic libraries and higher education.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging practices in information literacy pedagogy
  • Knowledge of best practices and current issues in data discovery, management, analysis, and/or visualization
  • Knowledge of federal, open, and proprietary data resources in the social sciences
  • Knowledge of and willingness to learn a variety of relevant library and learning applications
  • Knowledge of software frequently used in the social sciences, including GIS and statistical analysis programs
  • Skill in academic research practices and standards
  • Ability to design services and programs to improve student success
  • Ability to think and teach creatively across disciplines
  • Ability to organize and manage complex projects
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to cultivate and sustain partnerships with faculty, staff, and students
  • Ability to be flexible in response to changing needs and priorities
  • Ability to learn and adapt to new technologies and software
  • Ability to work collaboratively and build relationships with colleagues
  • Ability to work as a team member, contributing to both the work of the reference/instruction department as well as the general work of the libraries.
  • Ability and willingness to support, respect and commit to embracing diverse backgrounds, values and points of view to build a strong and inclusive community including faculty, staff, students and constituents.


Education: MLS, MLIS, or other advanced degree in a field in the social sciences, mathematics, computer science, geographic information science (GIS), data science, educational technology, or pedagogy; maintain a valid drivers license and meet St. Olaf College driver authorization criteria with a satisfactory driving record

Experience: 1+ year of professional experience working in a library or teaching in an academic or research institution


Education: Additional graduate degrees; academic background in the social sciences

Experience: Experience working with research data, including data management, analysis, or visualization; experience teaching GIS, data visualization, data analysis software; experience teaching in a social sciences discipline

How to apply

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St. Olaf College is a coeducational, residential, four-year, private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, United States. It was founded in 1874 by a group of Norwegian-American immigrant pastors and farmers, led by Pastor Bernt Julius Muus. The college is named after Olaf II of Norway, former king and patron saint of Norway.