Geospatial Libarian: Position Announcement

Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a creative and dynamic professional to join the Texas A&M University Libraries as Geospatial Librarian in the Map & GIS Library.  This is a non-tenure track, clinical faculty position. Successful candidates will be expected to engage in professional service activities, consistent with the Libraries’ and University’s requirements for promotion.

The Map & GIS Library is devoted to geospatial collections and reports through the Associate Dean for Special Collections and Director, Cushing Memorial Library and Archives.  The library holds state, national and worldwide GIS data and serves as the GIS archives for the local municipal governments, collaborates in campus-wide GIS activities, and user education services.  The geospatial data collections are used by researchers campus wide from many disciplines and also support the University's degree and certificate in GIS.  Members of the Map & GIS Library (MGL) staff cooperate to provide comprehensive geospatial services, incorporating print, web and data resources.  The map collection consists of more than 250,000 print maps and extensive collections of aerial photos and digitized maps, and 2 TB geospatial data.  The campus holds a site license for Esri software that the MGL distributes. The library is well known for co-hosting the campus-wide GIS Day, and will have a significant role in the development of a campus level GIS&T Center.  The Map & GIS Library has the high distinction of being awarded the Esri ‘Special Achievement in GIS’ Award in 2014. 

Reporting to the Coordinator of the Map & GIS Library, the Geospatial Librarian:

  • Responds to GIS patron consultations and requests
  • Develops and delivers instruction and outreach on GIS in all subjects, often collaborating with subject librarians
  • Develops guides, FAQs and tutorials for GIS techniques
  • Collaborates with the GIS Coordinator to train and oversee GIS student employees in their interactions with patrons and special projects
  • Supports local and regional GIS data curation, conversion, management, preservation and metadata creation  
  • Creates and maintains database for aerial photo indexes
  • Assists in the development of the Map & GIS Library website
  • Supports ongoing project development including Mapping Historic Aggieland
  • Participates in planning outreach events including GIS Day
  • Consults on campus digital humanities collaborations

Required Qualifications:

  • American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master’s degree, or Ph.D. in GIS related field
  • Two years of GIS-related work experience or coursework
  • Experience in a library, data center, research or academic environment
  • Experience with geospatial data formats and GIS software including Esri ArcGIS
  • Knowledge of geospatial data sources and data curation
  • Knowledge of geospatial database design and geospatial metadata
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including writing of technical documentation
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing customer service
  • Experience working successfully with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds

Desired Qualifications:

  • GIS certificate or advanced degree in GIS   
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS Server and web mapping services
  • Understanding of Esri software licensing and technical support protocols
  • Knowledge of programming/scripting with Python and/or web application development (Java, PHP, JavaScript or Flex)
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and teamwork skills complemented by the ability to take initiative
  • Knowledge of Texas and/or United States geography
  • Experience with teaching and developing user-oriented digital and written tutorials
  • Evidence of successful project management

ENVIRONMENT:

The University: Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university's traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 55,000 students and 2,800 instructional faculty. Based on Vision 2020, the institution's goal is to become a premier, tier-one research university and to be ranked among the top 10 public universities nationwide by 2020.

The Libraries: In an effort to provide relevant customer service in an ever-changing environment, the Texas A&M University Libraries is developing a core culture representing flexibility, innovation and risk-taking. In addition, the Libraries recognize the value in creating a culture that draws from the richness and strength reflected in the diversity of our state and our nation and has created an actionable Diversity Plan.

The Libraries currently rank 13th in materials expenditures ($18 million) and 5th in serials expenditures ($14 million) among all ARL libraries. Additionally, the Libraries are projected to rank in the top 10 for 2013-2014 for starting librarian salaries among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries. Currently the staffing includes 242 individuals, which includes 75 librarians holding faculty status.

The Community: Texas A&M is located in Bryan-College Station, a friendly community where the ubiquitous “howdy” greets friends and newcomers alike. The community boasts excellent medical facilities, live entertainment and the arts, fine-to-casual dining, outdoor recreation, a local airport, and a low cost of living, as well as easy proximity to Austin and Houston. Additionally, Texas residents enjoy the benefit of having no state or local income tax.

Salary/Benefits/Rank: This is a non-tenure track, faculty position with expected appointment at either the Clinical Assistant Professor or Clinical Associate Professor rank. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA-CREF; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local income tax.

Applications: Applications received by August 4, 2014 will be given first consideration. The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. Please submit application letter, vita, and the names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission. Send nominations and applications via email to LibrarianJob@library.tamu.edu or mailed to Pixey Mosley, Associate Dean for Administrative & Faculty Services, Texas A&M University Libraries, 5000 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-5000.

An Equal Opportunity Employer, the Texas A&M University Libraries is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the state’s diversity.

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