The GIS Outreach Librarian works to improve awareness on campus about geospatial technology and to spread the skills to use that technology. The position works with faculty and their TFs to design spatially oriented projects that are academically rigorous but achievable within the limited time available to the students. This includes assessing the landscape of available tools and recommending/selecting suitable options. It also includes instruction on in-demand tools and broader topics such as geoliteracy, bias and racism as reflected in spatial data collection and use, and spatial analysis concepts through both in-person workshops and asynchronous tutorials.
The GIS Outreach Librarian collaborates with library colleagues to apply geospatial methods to traditional materials and uncover new insights into the Collections holdings.
Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on February 26, 2021.
Partner with campus scholars to integrate new spatial technologies and methodologies with traditional resources and approaches in the areas of research and teaching through education, referrals, consultations, and other programmatic efforts
Consult with researchers about options for integrating spatial methods and tools into their classes and projects and assist in implementing those methods and tools
Use spatial scholarship tools and methods in the design and support of library projects
Advocate for sharing digital outputs (for example, adding research product spatial data to University repositories using an open license) and advise on open research and reproducibility applications
Teach and support workshops on spatial scholarship methods or tools for a variety of audiences
Create teaching tools that address bias in the use and analysis of spatial data
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Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
3+ years experience using spatial analysis/visualization software
Fluency with the ESRI suite of software products and at least one on-line cartographic/spatial tool, such as Carto, Leaflet, OpenLayers or MapBox
MLS or other advanced degree
Demonstrated experience working effectively in a collaborative team environment
Experience with geospatial analysis and tools in an academic setting
Experience leading training sessions or workshops in spatial tools
Experience using GitHub and APIs
Knowledge of web map presentation tools like Leaflet, OpenLayers
Knowledge of OSGeo libraries, QGIS, XML, Python
Excellent communication and presentation skills
Solid understanding applications of spatial thinking across disciplines
Knowledge of the geospatial scholarship landscape, including data management practices, metadata requirements, and commonly used sources for data
Flexibility and creative problem solving skills
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 53210BR
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