Data Curation Librarian

The Data Curation Librarian (DCL) will assist faculty and students in managing the lifecycle of data resulting from research projects of all types, and support the use, curation, preservation, and reuse of data.  The DCL will collaborate with librarians and staff across the Libraries’ in order to develop an integrated set of data services supporting individual researchers and scholars, as well as departmental or cross-institutional research teams.  In addition the DCL will oversee a number of subject areas in the Sciences (specific subjects to be determined) for the University of Victoria Libraries.  Specifically, the DCL will:

  • Develop a service framework for working with researchers from all disciplines to manage their data throughout the research lifecycle
  • Work with colleagues to develop and deliver RDM workshops for faculty and graduate students
  • Work with subject librarians to understand faculty data management needs and challenges
  • Work with librarian colleagues and with the Vice President of Research Office to help faculty understand and comply with funding agency requirements for research data sharing and preservation
  • Work as part of a team to ensure long term preservation solutions for research data
  • Work with colleagues to recruit data sets for sharing and preservation, and facilitates the publishing of those data sets on Dataverse, FRDR, DSpace, and other platforms
  • Act as the application administrator for Dataverse, including account & collection creation and template development
  • Participate actively in library efforts to support data literacy skills across campus
  • Work with colleagues to develop and promote library activities related to the discovery, analysis, manipulation, and visualization of data
  • Develop and deliver student workshops on data analysis methods and tools
  • Stay abreast of national Research Data Management infrastructure initiatives and policy developments
  • Select and approves titles to be added/retained to the collection for assigned subject areas; selects and makes retention decisions relating to serials; makes decisions on the retention/disposal of gift collections
  • Respond to requests for subject area collection evaluations for new course proposals, departmental reviews, etc.
  • Maintain subject area acquisitions approval profiles and book approval plans
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the acquisitions module fund records and related files
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the Electronic Resource Management system

Perform related liaison, instruction, and patron research assistance activities for assigned subject areas, as appropriate.


Required: A Master’s degree from an accredited school of library science, or a Master’s or higher degree in another discipline with expertise and excellence in professional practice relevant to the position if the candidate agrees to complete a MLS from an accredited school of library science before the end of the probationary period (or the equivalent combination of education and experience in archival science in the case of an Archivist); Ability to articulate a vision of the services, infrastructure, and skills required to support the data needs of researchers in an academic setting; Demonstrated understanding of the trends in data management throughout the research lifecycle; Familiar with protocols for describing and citing data sets; Ability to manage projects and multiple tasks while meeting deadlines; Excellent interpersonal skills with students, faculty, librarians, staff, and community members; Superior written and spoken communication in English.

Desirable Qualifications: Additional advanced degree in a Science subject; Experience with Dataverse repository software; Experience with data analysis tools including R Studio and SPSS; In-depth knowledge of Canadian research environment.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  A comprehensive benefits package is provided.  For more information on negotiated benefits, see:

Additional information

The DCL is situated within the Digital Scholarship unit of UVic Libraries and will report to the Associate University Librarian, Digital Scholarship & Strategy.  For the full job description see:  Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement.  Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (

Contact information

Please submit a cover letter, CV, and names of three (3) references by noon, Tuesday, January 9, 2018 to:
Jonathan Bengtson, University Librarian, University of Victoria Libraries

Application deadline

January 9, 2018

Equity statement

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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