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Maps and Spatial Data Curator, Assistant Professor

The Oklahoma State University Library seeks a highly motivated and creative professional with a strong commitment to access and discoverability to serve as the Maps and Spatial Data Curator. The Maps and Spatial Data Curator is a member of the OSU Library faculty reporting to the Associate Dean for Special Collections and will work closely with other departments in the Library.  Although this position reports directly to the Associate Dean for Special Collections, close cooperation and indirect reporting relationships with the Associate Deans for Library Operations and Research & Learning Services and other library administrators are required of all library faculty.  This is a tenure track position with anticipated initial appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. 


The Library is undergoing significant reorganizational changes to meet the evolving research and learning needs of its students and faculty.  Information regarding the OSU Library’s current direction can be found at:


Responsibilities:  The Maps and Spatial Data Curator has primary responsibility to administer the OSU Library Maps Collection in accordance with Library and University policy and procedure.  He/she will:


  • Build and promote the Library’s map collection, making it more discoverable and accessible
  • Provide guidance to researchers in utilizing GIS and other visualization software, helping them to better understand important concepts in data analysis and model GIS software use through the development of projects with the Library’s collections
  • Promote the use of maps and geospatial data across disciplines at the University
  • Join the library team collaborating with the Dean of Arts and Sciences to promote understanding of and participation in digital humanities
  • Serve as the Library’s liaison for the Geography Department
  • Coordinate ongoing training and support for library staff on GIS tools and processes, spatial data curation best practices, and other digital tools as appropriate
  • Manage the Library Map Room and personnel assigned to the room


Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree (either MLIS or a relevant discipline)
  • A minimum of three years relevant experience in an academic library
  • Previous experience working with a map collection
  • Extensive knowledge of and expertise with the use of geospatial data and GIS software packages
  • Completion of GIS-specific university coursework
  • Demonstrated experience providing instruction in GIS, both one-on-one and in larger group workshops
  • Experience providing access to collections through digital-asset management systems (e.g., Archives Space, CONTENTdm, and Dspace or through more exhibit-based formats)
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently or on a team, as necessary
  • A demonstrated commitment to reference and public service
  • Exceptional core competencies including leadership, communication, creativity, and organization
  • Ability to interact with the public in a friendly manner, successfully complete multiple projects, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with faculty, students, and staff to create a service-focused environment and to develop activities compatible with overall library goals and policies
  • Aptitude to plan, initiate, and manage both physical and virtual operations
  • Ability to effectively manage finite resources
  • A record of research, publications, presentations, or service to the profession
  • Ability to meet university requirements for tenure, including scholarly and creative activities and service


Desired Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated experience with a programming language such as Python or R
  • Proven experience working with data visualization software and tools beyond GIS packages
  • Portfolio of previously developed geospatial projects


Leadership Expectations:  Each organization has a unique culture and to help candidates determine whether the culture at the Oklahoma State University Library may be a good fit, Dean Sheila Johnson has posted her expectations for OSU Library leaders on her website:


Salary/Benefits: $55,000 minimum for 12 months.  Social security; health and life insurance; 11 holidays; 22 days of annual leave and 22 days of sick leave per year


Deadline: Application review begins on March 27, 2017 and continues until position is filled. Candidates should make application through the University’s online application process at:  You may contact Jackie German, Senior Manager of Business Operations, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078-1071.  (405) 744-6324.  Candidates will be asked to deliver a presentation to library faculty and staff .  The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check.


“Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected category. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.”