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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant University community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

The Research Data Services (RDS) unit in the library is responsible for strategic planning, coordination, and deployment of research data services directed at facilitating the movement of data through the research lifecycle. This includes creating and implementing data management assistance for the campus, outreach to faculty in collaboration with librarian experts and subject specialists, providing training to librarians and to researchers on data management and curation topics, and enabling researchers to share their data with others in a curated environment through the library’s Deep Blue Data repository. RDS offers services in 6 interconnected areas: data management planning, discovery and access, management and organization, description and documentation, data sharing, and data preservation. The data curation librarian will work in all of these areas, but with a particular focus on the services offered through the Deep Blue Data repository.

The University of Michigan Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.



  • Serve as the service coordinator for Deep Blue Data and work with library staff to identify, recruit, and deposit data.

  • Review deposits made to Deep Blue Data to assess curation needs, make recommendations to maximize the value of the data, and implement these recommendations in collaboration with researchers and library staff.

  • Provide support to librarians engaging in outreach, consultation, instruction for service areas.

  • Oversee communications about RDS within the library and to stakeholders across campus.

  • Develop partnerships at the university and externally to research issues of interest in managing and curating research data and to create actionable solutions.

Required Qualifications*

  • ALA-accredited master's degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of or direct experience in managing, curating, or preserving research data.

  • A familiarity with information technologies, standards, or best practices prevalent in digital or data curation and how they could be applied.

  • An understanding of the research lifecycle and its importance to data curation.

  • Experience or understanding of identifying researcher information needs and in creating effective responses to meet those needs.

  • Possession of excellent written and oral communication skills and a demonstrated ability to present and share ideas clearly and effectively to diverse audiences.

  • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in background, cultures, values and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience working with digital repositories.

  • Detailed knowledge of, or direct experience in, working with at least one format of data. This could include tabular data, databases, software code, 3D images, video, etc.

  • Direct experience in conducting research and in managing, sharing or curating the research data produced from the research.

Additional Information

Benefits, rank, salary

Appointment is anticipated at the Assistant or Associate Librarian rank. Salary and rank dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.

The target salary ranges for this position are $50,000 - $55,000 per year for the Assistant Librarian rank, and $56,000 - $63,000 for the Associate Librarian rank. The actual salary offered may vary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.