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              GIS and Geography Information Specialist

              Posting Details

              Posting Details

              Position Number: 119997
              Title: Librarian (Open Rank)
              Functional Title: GIS and Geography Information Specialist
              Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
              Applicant Search Category: Faculty
              University Authorized FTE: 1.00
              Unit: LIBR-Libraries
              Campus/College Information:

              Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

              Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

              This is a full-time permanent librarian position in the Research Commons with responsibility for GIS and Geospatial data, maps and liaison services to the Department of Geography. The librarian in this position is a forward-focused individual who will continue to grow the Libraries’ GIS and Spatial Data Center and services program, helping to develop the strategic direction of these services in the Research Commons. Through consultations, workshops, and other programming, the Geospatial Specialist Librarian will build relationships in order to support researchers’ geospatial data literacy needs, leveraging emerging technologies that enhance access to data, and assist researchers with data-intensive forms of research and scholarly expression. They will be an expert in applying geospatial concepts and techniques to the research agendas of faculty and students, will manage the geography and maps collections, maintaining strong relationships with faculty and students, and will enhance curricula and research innovation across the University relating to spatial and visual thinking. The Geospatial Specialist Librarian will also support internal Libraries needs by providing workshops and training support to liaison librarians and other library staff. The successful candidate will also serve as a subject liaison librarian to the Department of Geography.

              Minimum Qualifications:

              ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education, or equivalent professional degree.
              ● Understanding of current and emerging trends in GIS, cartography and/or related geospatial fields, including information resources and applications.
              ● Experience with GIS software such as ArcGIS (Map, Pro, Online, etc.), Story Map, and/or open source tools like QGIS.
              ● Experience with or aptitude for working effectively and creatively with faculty and students.
              ● Experience with or aptitude for providing reference and research assistance in an academic or special library.
              ● Experience with or aptitude for teaching workshops and/or instruction sessions.
              ● Excellent oral and written communication skills.
              ● Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to function independently and in groups, and to build and maintain relationships with partners and library staff.
              ● Ability to provide exceptional service to a diverse clientele.

              Preferences:

              ● Significant coursework, a bachelor’s degree or second advanced degree in a GIS-related field, and/or experience in working with geospatial data and technology.
              ● Experience with or aptitude for collection development in Geography, including in specialized formats required by the discipline.
              ● One year of library or related professional experience.
              ● Knowledge of the research process and evolving models of scholarly communication, open access, institutional repositories, and other trends in information science.
              ● Experience with software for statistical, quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, such as SPSS, Stata, SAS, R, Python, NVivo.

              Additional Certifications:
              Additional Information:
              Posting Date: 10/21/2019
              Closing Date: 12/16/2019
              Open Until Filled No
              Best Consideration Date
              Physical Demands

              ● Extensive use of the computer.

              Diversity Statement:

              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.

              Applicant Documents

              Required Documents
              1. Cover Letter
              2. Curriculum Vitae
              3. List of References (no emails sent from system)
              Optional Documents

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