Schedule 35 hours per week
Education Level Master's Degree
Career Level Level 2 or 3
McMaster University Library seeks an innovative, forward-looking, and technologically agile librarian to support bibliometrics and research. The Bibliometrics & Research Impact Librarian serves as a key connector of bibliometrics- and research impact-related initiatives taking place across McMaster University. By establishing and growing partnerships with a variety of campus groups (faculties, departments, research centres and institutes, the Health Sciences Library, the Office of Institutional Research & Analysis, Communication & Public Affairs, the Office of the Vice-President Research, Research Office for Administration, Development and Support, Health Research Services, etc.), they assume a leadership role in advancing knowledge, appropriate use, and dissemination of research impact information at McMaster.
The Bibliometrics & Research Impact Librarian serves as a resource to the McMaster University community on topics of bibliometrics and research impact, providing consultation and training that promote methodological and ethical best practices. Through their collaboration with partnering units, they assess the bibliometric needs across campus and design services that support them. Working closely with the McMaster Experts team, other units in the McMaster University Library, and key partners across campus, they support the institution’s efforts to integrate, manage, and enable reuse of research information.
Representative Duties & Responsibilities:
Apply comprehensive knowledge of bibliometric software and platforms, data sources, and methodology to develop and evaluate campus strategies for assessing and disseminating research impact.
Establish and grow partnerships with an array of campus units to improve communication and collaboration in areas of research impact assessment.
In collaboration with campus units, determine, employ, and promote methodological and ethical best practices for citation analysis, network analysis, science mapping and assessing societal impact of research.
Develop, employ, and supervise the application of best practices for managing, manipulating, analyzing, and interpreting numerous, heterogeneous, and large bibliometrics data sets.
Work closely with the McMaster Experts team and the Office of the VPR to promote the effective use of McMaster’s research information management system and external systems like ORCID to improve assessment and increase the profile of McMaster’s researchers.
Lead, consult on, manage, and promote a variety of collaborative bibliometric and research information management projects.
Work closely with the Associate Director, Digital Scholarship Services, units in the McMaster University Library and the Health Sciences Library, as well as campus partners to develop policies, manage change, set future directions, and resolve problems.
Serve as a campus leader and resource on topics of bibliometrics and research impact assessment by keeping current with and contributing to knowledge on the subject.
Collaborate with Health Sciences Library colleagues to develop and provide individual and group training on bibliometrics platforms, software, methodological approaches, data sources, and researcher profiles. Similarly, contribute to the development of instructional media related to bibliometrics and research impact.
Lead or consult on efforts by academic and administrative units to develop quantitative and qualitative reports that disseminate research impact information to University leadership, staff, and faculty in a meaningful and organized manner.
Ensure timely and diplomatic communication, through appropriate channels, of developments and projects; communicate on any related events having potential to directly or indirectly impact normal services.
Independently and in collaboration with partner units, prioritize, evaluate, negotiate, and manage requests for bibliometric data and support.
The incumbent will be expected to demonstrate professional service and professional activity as defined in Article 3 of the MUALA Collective Agreement.
ALA-accredited Master of Library & Information Science degree, or equivalent.
Minimum of three years’ experience working with large scale data management and analysis.
Coursework or training in bibliometrics and/or research impact assessment.
Demonstrated experience with different bibliometric data sources having citation tracking capabilities (e.g. InCites, SciVal, Web of Science, Scopus, Google Scholar, etc.).
Demonstrated comprehensive understanding of a variety of research impact metrics (publication counts, citation counts, h-index, journal or discipline normalized metrics, etc.).
Demonstrated experience with statistical analysis methods associated with bibliometrics and skills related to managing, manipulating, and analyzing data.
Experience and demonstrated effectiveness managing projects and working with time-sensitive deadlines.
Understanding of the issues related to responsible research evaluation via bibliometric data; conversant with issues related to the quantification of research impact.
Experience and a strong record of working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders to achieve common objectives.
Experience and confidence building relationships and working with representatives from all levels of an organization.
Strong attention to detail and proofreading abilities with an excellent command of the English language.
A high level of data literacy, with the ability to analyze and synthesize sizable amounts of detail/data.
Self-motivated multi-tasker with strong organizational and independent working skills.
Experience working with Research Information Management Systems (Pure, Elements, Uniweb, VIVO, etc.).
Demonstrated ability to apply creativity, innovation, and resourcefulness to daily work.
Strong written and verbal skills for presenting, teaching, troubleshooting, and writing procedural documentation and reports.
Experience and skill in training others—whether in classroom or one-on-one settings.
Knowledge of issues related to researcher identification and experience using researcher profiling systems (e.g. ORCID, Researcher ID, etc.).
Experience with advanced analysis software packages (R, Python, SQL, Pandas, TensorFlow, PyTorch, etc.) would be desirable.
The McMaster University Library expects librarians to be professionally active; for the Learning Support Librarian, this would entail engagement in provincial, national, international, and/or consortial efforts in the areas of library instruction, instructional design and technology domain.
The appointment will be made at the Librarian 2 or 3 rank $64,313.00 - $94,879.00 per year, or $69,672.00 – $105,316.00 per year) and includes a competitive and comprehensive benefit package. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a contractually limited position for a period of 36 months (3 years) with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2020. This position is included in the McMaster University Academic Librarians’ Association bargaining unit. The Position Responsibility Statement is available from the Library Human Resources Office. Further information about the University Library is available at http://library.mcmaster.ca/.
McMaster University Library aspires to be a catalyst of intellectual activity for the University and its community. We pride ourselves in delivering innovative services, welcoming spaces, extraordinary expertise and exemplary collections to accelerate research, enhance learning and improve the user experience.
The University Library system is comprised of the Mills Memorial Library (humanities and social sciences), the Thode Library of Science & Engineering and the Innis Library (business). The Library is known for its distinctive collections of archival materials and rare maps and the extraordinary expertise and creative spirit of our staff. We are home to the world-renowned William Ready Division of Archives & Research Collections (including the separately housed Bertrand Russell Archives), the Lyons New Media Centre and the Lewis & Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship. We work in close partnership with McMaster’s highly regarded Health Sciences Library. We are actively engaged in the university’s larger teaching and research missions through our management of classroom technology and our oversight of McMaster Experts, the university’s research information management system (RIMS).
McMaster’s libraries are active contributors to the national and international library community. We are members of the esteemed Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) and the Ontario Council of University Libraries (OCUL).
Ranked as one of the world’s Top 100 universities, McMaster University is devoted to the cultivation of human potential, realized through our innovative educational programs, cutting-edge research, and the diverse students, faculty, staff and alumni who make up the McMaster family. Dedicated to creating a Brighter World, we recognize that our people are our most valuable resource. Those who join McMaster will find a community of talented individuals who are inspired by the university’s commitment to embodying the values of integrity, quality, inclusiveness and teamwork.
McMaster is an internationally recognized centre of learning and research. We inspire critical thinking, personal growth and a passion for lifelong learning in the 34,000 students, 1,500 faculty and 11,000 staff that make up our community. The University attracts, on average, more than $370M of research funding each year and is ranked #2 in the world by the Times Higher Education (THE) Impact Ranking. The University is consistently ranked as one of Hamilton-Niagara’s Top Employers. We are known for the excellence of our faculty, the diverse nature of our student body and the strength of our community connections.
McMaster is located in the city of Hamilton, Ontario. Consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in Canada, Hamilton is recognized for its natural beauty and unique blend of cultural, education and technological resources.
Librarians who wish to be considered for this opportunity should submit their curriculum vitae with a covering letter.
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