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GIS, Data and Research Librarian, Harvard Graduate School of Design (Cambridge)

The Frances Loeb Library is part of the dynamic and energizing environment of the Graduate School of Design. The GSD offers an exciting setting for interaction and the exchange of ideas through the combination of disciplines—architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning and design—together with the research of our studio-based as well as MDes and Doctoral programs. We are seeking an energetic and forward thinking individual to work as part of a team to support research, teaching, and learning at the GSD.

We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Design cannot provide Visa sponsorship, and candidates are required to have work authorization now and in the future.

Reporting to the Research and Teaching Librarian, Team Lead this position is one of a team of librarians that coordinates research and teaching support for the faculty and students at the GSD. The team integrates technology into teaching at the GSD; develops an ongoing instruction platform that includes traditional research skills, and the use of technology as part of the research process; develops research data management services; provides research consultation across all disciplinary areas of the GSD; develops a plan for supporting emerging technologies at the GSD; provides Academic Writing Services, GIS support, Canvas support, and Copyright and Fair Use advice and support.
Responsibilities of the position:Provides data and GIS instruction and support services to faculty and students at the GSD;
Responsible for research support in the areas of geospatial data, GIS, statistics, and data visualization, in collaboration with the Research and Teaching Team;
Collaborates with other stakeholders in the library to provide data collection technologies and support;
Works on data management planning and the creation of data management plans;
Supervises and manages a team of Mapping Technical Assistants who coordinate office hours in the library, and provide mapping and technical support for GIS at the Design School;
Partners with faculty to enable use of data in teaching;
Manages the process of collecting student course work in digital format;
Actively collaborates within team and across teams to develop and produce a program of library research support and instruction;
Works with other librarians to support research and reference, including tours and orientations;
Participates as one of a team of selectors in a specific area of collection building in the library;
Works with other Harvard Library units (such as the Harvard GeoSpatial Library, the Center for Geographic Analysis and other committees and working groups) on a variety of Harvard Library activities;
Participates in Harvard Library and campus-wide working groups and committees;
Participates in professional organizations;
Represents the GSD and Loeb Library in and outside of Harvard;
Responsible for staying abreast of new technologies in the field, and bringing them to the GSD.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Oversees graduate students who work as Technical Assistants to provide GIS and Mapping instruction and reference support to the GSD community.


Basic Qualifications :

MLS or equivalent experience;
 3-5 years of experience working in a library, academic technology, or computing setting; 
Demonstrated subject expertise in one or more subject areas:  architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design;
Demonstrated knowledge of data management;
Demonstrated knowledge of GIS tools, systems, and techniques, including the ESRI software suite and QGIS;
Demonstrated knowledge of data sources and databases used to support research and teaching;
Experience in instruction and teaching in an academic setting;
Demonstrated knowledge of multiple file format types, including various CAD formats;
Strong analytical, organizational and project management skills required.

Additional Qualifications :
Ability to work effectively in a collaborative and/or team environment;
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
Flexibility and creative problem solving skills;
Demonstrated knowledge of various metadata schema and cloud technology;
Demonstrated understanding of design work;
Demonstrated ability to work with a variety of constituents;
Desired skills:  knowledge of XML, Java, APIs, and user interface toolkits of major mobile platforms.
Additional Information:
In order to be considered for this position, a cover letter in addition to a resume is required
The work of this position is performed in a library/office setting.
The position involves frequent use of computer work station. 

Full/Part Time

Full Time





Closing Date

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2019-09-17 |  Quick link to this job