Data Visualization Librarian



March 9, 2018

TITLE:                      Data Visualization Librarian

LOCATION:             Health Sciences Library (HSL)

Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse, award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.

Health Sciences Library
The Health Sciences Library (HSL) is an award-winning national leader in the development and application of innovative strategies and technologies to meet information and research needs for the benefit of patients and communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. The HSL supports the education, research, and clinical programs of the six UW health science schools; UW Medicine Accountable Care Network (ACN), as well as the wider interdisciplinary biomedical community of the University. The UW Medicine Accountable Care Network spans 46 cities and neighborhoods, and includes: 1,000+ primary care providers; 4,000+ specialists; 1,000+ clinics; 19 hospitals; 33+ urgent care clinics; and 19 emergency departments. The website links users to an extensive library of electronic resources in the five state WWAMI region.

The NNLM Evaluation Office (NEO) supports the evaluation needs of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM), a program coordinated through the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a network of more than 6700 health science libraries and information centers. The NNLM’s mission is to improve access and use of health information to all US health professionals and the public. An NNLM priority is its partnership with the NIH All of Us Research Program, part of the Precision Medicine Initiative. The NEO’s primary goal is to collect and manage a substantial base of program data and develop the NNLM’s capacity to use that data for evaluation, program development and decision-making.

Under the direction of the Assistant Director of Systems, the Data Visualization Librarian is a creative and forward-thinking individual that can develop a program of support in data visualization. The Data Visualization Librarian will help assist in managing the HSL Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL) that includes a six-panel data wall. The Data Visualization Librarian will serve as an expert consultant to our faculty and researchers on visual thinking and data visualization techniques and software. Candidates who exhibit excellent communication skills, aptitude with technology, and the ability to work in a collaborative, team environment will be given serious consideration. This is a full time position.


  • Develop and deliver scalable and data visualization services and resources in collaboration for UW and NNLM National Evaluation Office (NEO).
  • Provide consultation to health sciences faculty, clinicians, and other researchers on data visualization techniques, tools, and software. Provides support and consultation to faculty and academic units in developing measurable student learning outcomes.
  • Assist in managing the data wall and other technology in the Translational Research and Information Lab (TRAIL) located in HSL. Help create and maintain documentation on technology, tools, and best practices. Track usage, conduct assessments, and make recommendations for technology and space enhancements.
  • Design and deliver workshops and trainings on visualization tools and techniques.
  • Develop instructional materials and e-learning modules.
  • Perform data analysis in Excel and other statistical packages to identify key insights in the data.
  • Help create interactive data reports that are delivered to clients, such as library trends, built in Microsoft Excel or other platforms.
  • Modeling data and metadata to support ad-hoc and pre-built reporting.
  • Work with clients to pull data from large complex data sets.
  • Communicates appropriately, effectively, and positively.  Plays an active role in staying informed and participating in Libraries and unit meetings, activities, and events. Is familiar with and understands the UW Libraries Personal Communication Responsibility Guidelines.


  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Experience utilizing a variety of data visualization tools and methods to create graphs, charts, timelines, maps, dashboards, infographics, etc.
  • Experience with data models and data visualization software (i.e. R, Excel or Tableau)
  • Initiate and ability to problem solve and create solutions to technical and data analysis problems.
  • Experience managing projects and integrating IT into workflows.


  • Familiarity with the principles of programming languages such as Javascript or R.
  • Expert experience in health sciences library research tools, databases, and learning management systems and databases such as REDCap.
  • Knowledge of statistical packages.
  • Thorough understanding of continuing and integrating resources, including awareness of issues concerning vendors, packages, aggregators, platforms, licensing, pricing models, and financial and statistical management needs.


$50,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.


Position will be at rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian depending on qualifications and background.


Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.


To apply for this position, please submit the following information to

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources).
  • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements).
  • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses).
  • Please use “Librarian Application: Data Visualization Librarian” in the subject heading.
  • Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.


To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, April 13, 2018.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee. For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at

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