NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
The NCSU Libraries has a well-earned reputation for creating adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. The new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, located on NC State’s Centennial Campus, is an iconic building, a place where people gather to explore new ways to research, learn, experiment, and collaborate. The D. H. Hill Library combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons, and Technology Sandbox, and a soon-to-open Visualization Studio. New library learning spaces include a Teaching and Visualization Lab, Creativity Studio, Immersion Theater, and Visualization Studio, providing faculty and students access to advanced technologies such as large-scale display, visualization, ultra-HD imagery, multi-touch computing, and cloud computing. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for the following position.
The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Visualization Coordinator in the Digital Library Initiatives (DLI) department. The NCSU Libraries is working to make available advanced technologies and services that support university teaching and research through the development of enhanced visualization spaces, services, and tools. At the same time, the Libraries is developing services and building a community of support for university-wide e-research needs related to data access, management, and visualization.
The Visualization Coordinator:
● Provides leadership in developing and advancing the Libraries’ visualization services in concert with university-wide needs and in collaboration with university partners.
● Working in concert with library information technology staff, supports researchers in using the Libraries’ high-technology spaces and compute infrastructure.
● Leads workshops and training sessions on information visualization tools and strategies.
● Maintains a current awareness of emerging trends in visualization.
● Assesses software options and provides input on hardware and software specifications.
● Participates in planning for existing visualization facilities in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library and new visualization facilities in the D.H. Hill Library.
● Implements tools such as dashboards to help enable and support continuous assessment of library operations.
● Participates in library planning, serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams
NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field.
Reports to the Head of Digital Library Initiatives.
● ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree in a relevant field in the area of information visualization.
● At least one year of experience working in the area of information visualization, or comparable education and experience.
● Experience with visualization tools and programming libraries.
● Ability to extract and work with data from a variety of sources (e.g., XML, relational databases, APIs, and web services).
● Experience with one or more programming languages (e.g., Python, R, Java, Processing, C, C++).
● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and users in the provision of visualization services.
● Outstanding written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.
● Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
● Evidence of ability for ongoing professional development and contribution
● Academic background in a discipline utilizing visualization.
● Experience supporting visualization in a research setting.
● Experience translating user needs into technology services.
● Familiarity with interactive gesture and touch technologies.
● Experience working with scientific, geospatial, social sciences, or humanities data.
● Ability to work effectively with large datasets.
The Libraries, the University, and the Area
The NCSU Libraries and its staff have won numerous awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and six Movers and Shakers awards. The library system currently consists of the D. H. Hill Library and branch libraries for design, natural resources, textiles, and veterinary medicine, with the James B. Hunt Jr. Library opening soon. With a staff of 260+ FTE, the Libraries has more than 4.5 million volumes in its collection, acquires more than 66,000 print and electronic serials, and has a total annual budget of over $27 million, with approximately $10 million allocated to collections. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents.
The NCSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University form the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), with combined resources exceeding 17 million volumes and collections budgets totaling more than $30 million.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading universities in science and technology, with strong programs in the humanities and social sciences, NC State offers degrees through the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, Natural Resources, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 34,000 students and offers doctoral degrees in 61 fields of study. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents. NC State is a national leader in networking technologies and a charter member of the North Carolina Networking Initiative (NCNI), an Internet2 initiative with the most advanced operational networking system infrastructure in the nation.
North Carolina's Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks. One of the nation's premier concentrations of academic, corporate, and public research, the area combines moderate year-round temperatures, rolling hills, championship college athletics, and a rich diversity of cultural events. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. Businessweek rated Raleigh as “the best American city” in 2011; recent rankings by Forbes name the Triangle as the number-one place for business and careers and as the number-two spot for young professionals.
Salary and Benefits
The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include: 24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. More benefits information is available at http://www.ncsu.edu/human_resources/benefits/
Application process and schedule
Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable.
Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/. Search in the keyword box by position number 00103382. Complete application, attach cover letter and résumé, and provide contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (919) 515-3522.
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer
NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.