Data Curation Librarian

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks an energetic, creative, knowledgeable, and user-oriented librarian for the position of Data Curation Librarian.  The successful candidate will play a key role in leading innovation in the Libraries’ collaborative efforts to provide data services to researchers in all disciplines.

Qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply. The UCI Libraries is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing UCI’s Commitment to Inclusive Excellence,

Scope of the position

The Data Curation Librarian is responsible for providing support and expertise to faculty, students, and researchers engaged in research data management planning, data acquisition, data sharing, and long-term data preservation and stewardship. This position will support data practices in a wide variety of disciplines, as well as supporting the library’s own data curation initiatives. This position will be responsible for continuing the leadership of collaborative efforts to create a campus-wide data management and curation program. In this forward-facing and highly-collaborative position, the Data Curation Librarian draws on a broad knowledge of research data management and stewardship, disciplinary data practices, excellent communication skills, and the ability to monitor and creatively respond to emerging researcher data needs. The Data Curation Librarian will help the Libraries explore the potential of expanding our offerings in the areas of GIS support, research design, and data analysis. This position will consult with stakeholders in the development of on-demand data services. The Data Curation Librarian reports to the Head of Digital Scholarship Services and collaborates with colleagues across the Libraries, the broader UCI community, and serves on University of California system-wide teams.

Key responsibilities

•    Providing Data Curation Services to researchers in all disciplines.

•    Building awareness and demand for Data Curation Services and actively promoting Data Curation Services to the campus community.

•    Participating in the conversation about data curation on a local and national level.

•    Developing training and educational opportunities for data related topics for UCI librarians and staff and for the broader UCI community.  

•    Serving as a proactive liaison to the UCI Data Science Initiative and the UCI Office of Research.

•    Developing processes for the acquisition of data and protocols for providing access to acquired data.

•    Participating in the University of California System-wide Data Curation Common Knowledge Group.

•    Providing consultation to researchers for grant requirements related to data curation

•    Keeping abreast of the latest trends and best practices in the field of Data Curation Services.

•    Serving as the campus administrator for DMPTool, and Dryad services.

•    Participating actively and collaboratively on library committees, task forces, and project teams as appropriate.

•    Actively seeking opportunities to participate in professional organizations outside the library, provide university and public services, and/or engage in research activity in order to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.



•    Graduate degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library or data curation experience.

•    Excellent technology skills, knowledge of current data curation and ability to evaluate and apply new technologies.

•    Ability to build relationships, foster collaboration, and plan projects and new initiatives.

•    Experience providing consultations as well as teaching or leading workshops on data curation tools and/or services.

•    Demonstrated ability to engage an active intellectual community, including working collaboratively and building partnerships across disciplines.

•    Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus.

•    Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

•    Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement in the Librarian series.


  • Experience supporting grant applications and grant management.
  • Experience working with stakeholders on projects involving data curation and management.
  • Familiarity with issues regarding data curation in the sciences.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in intellectual property, data citation, and data security.
  • Evidence of continuing achievement in professional development, particularly at a national level, that will enhance the candidate’s value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.

The Digital Scholarship Services Department

The Digital Scholarship Services Department, which currently includes four librarians and one programmer analyst, collaborates with UCI faculty members, students, and administrators to transform research and scholarly communication using new media and digital technologies. Digital Scholarship Services manages content, infrastructure, and user interfaces for all stages of the research lifecycle, including research planning, execution, dissemination, discovery, preservation, and impact. The Head of the Department represents the Libraries on the RCIC Advisory Committee of the UCI Research Cyberinfrastructure Center (RCIC),  For more information visit:

The UCI Libraries

At the heart of University of California, Irvine’s academic community, the UCI Libraries plays a vital role in enabling our outstanding students, faculty and researchers to create new knowledge, develop lifelong learning skills, and make meaningful contributions to society.  We value innovation and collaboration, and we are committed to fostering an environment that promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

The Libraries physical spaces consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library.  These locations provide a welcoming and technology enhanced environment valued by students as places for study, research, and collaboration.  Together they contain over 3,300 public seats, over 500 public access computers, laptop computers for checkout, and a wide range of multimedia resources including 3D printers.  The library collection consists of over 3.9 million volumes, 180,000 journals and serial titles, and an ever expanding collection of electronic books, databases, and other resources.  Our public website is a portal to access e-resources; discover print, archival, and multi-media collections; and connect with reference and instructional services.  It also includes cutting edge digital tools and tutorials and numerous subject specific research guides created by subject specialists. 

The UCI Libraries employs approximately 171 full-time librarians and staff and over 174 part-time student assistants.  We support the professional and career development of librarians and staff. 

The UCI Libraries are a member of the:  Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), HathiTrust Digital Library, Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Digital Library Federation (DLF), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Pacific Rim Research Libraries Alliance (PRRLA), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), National Information Standards Organization (NISO), and OCLC Research Library Partnership (OCLC RLP).

University of California, Irvine

The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles.  Founded in 1965, UCI has a total of 36,742 undergraduate and graduate students and over 1,600 faculty and staff.  Nearly 67% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American.  Over 50% of UCI’s Bachelor Degrees are awarded to first generation college students.  The New York Times ranks UCI as the #1 college doing the most for the American Dream.  The University offers graduate degrees in more than 100 academic disciplines and interdisciplinary programs in addition to the M.D. and J.D.  Many of UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities and several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at UCI are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment.  Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity.

Salary & Benefits:  Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales.  Appointment is anticipated to be at the Assistant Librarian, Associate Librarian, or Librarian rank with a salary of $55,014 - $82,045.

Librarians at UCI are academic appointees. Non-managerial librarians are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This is a represented position.

Librarians are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, thirteen paid holidays, and one day per month sick leave.  The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans.  Benefits are equal to approximately 45% of salary.

Deadline for Applications:  Applications received by November 15, 2019 will receive first consideration.

To Apply:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should submit the information requested:  cover letter; complete résumé; a statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and a list of three references (names and contact information only) via UCI AP Recruit at:

Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries web site at with links to additional web sites featuring campus and community information.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.