Collection and Organizational Data Analysis (CODA) Librarian

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Professional Librarian Vacancy

The Northwestern University Library seeks a forward-thinking, intellectually curious individual to provide institution-wide leadership and support for the analysis and assessment of the Library's collections activities and for the gathering, archiving, interpretation, and use of various other organizational metrics. The work of the collection and organizational data analysis (CODA) librarian will enable and support evidence-based decisions related to budget planning and allocation, collection building and management, vendor selection and performance, and service assessment. The CODA librarian will design and produce research reports based on internal library measurements, university institutional statistics, and national and comparative data. He or she will develop and manage a suite of services, records, and tools known as the office of library organizational research. Reporting to the Head, Electronic Resources and Collection Analysis Department, the CODA librarian will work in collaboration with subject specialists, library administrators, and other library staff, as well as with representatives of other university offices with related responsibilities. It is anticipated that he or she will also act as a selector and/or academic liaison for an assigned discipline or collection.

General Information
Position Title: 
Collection and Organizational Data Analysis (CODA) Librarian
Job Title: 
Administrative & Collection Services
John Blosser
Electronic Resources & Collection Analysis
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Job Details
KEY ACTIVITIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE • Generating and/or evaluating data for reviews, budget analysis, various types of proposals, and for other collection-related matters—e.g., to monitor the budget or to document library support of specific subject areas. • Designing methodologies, when necessary, for the extraction and presentation of data relevant to collection development; serves on the collection management committee. • Collaborating with the electronic resources officer in facilitating access to usage statistics; assisting the collection development officer in the preparation of reports requested by the dean and university administrators. • Advising on the collection and presentation of metrics data across the Library; developing appropriate methods for organizing and archiving such data. • Assisting in the planning, design, interpretation, and presentation of library service assessment studies; serves as a member of the library’s assessment committee. • Reproducing and reformulating institutional statistics (e.g., departmental faculty data or enrollment statistics) as well as statewide and national statistics (e.g., ARL, NCES) in a manner relevant to local library planning and management context. • Providing readily accessible data, instruction, and assessment tools online through the maintenance and continuous development of guides in the Data & Methods Bank. • Supervising or providing team leadership and coordination for staff assisting with activities of the office for library organizational research.
Required Qualifications: 
ALA-accredited masters degree in library or information science, or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and experience; three to five years of experience in a large academic library; knowledge of library collection development and collection management issues and practices, including sources and management of bibliographic and financial data; experience with collections analysis and budget management; familiarity with trends and issues related to statistical measurement, assessment of service, and return on investment for academic libraries; experience with statistics and spreadsheet applications including expertise with Microsoft EXCEL and ACCESS; demonstrated excellent analytical skills; knowledge of research design and principles of methodology; ability to work appropriately with sensitive and confidential materials and situations; strong commitment to working collaboratively across departments in a complex, culturally diverse organizational setting, and with partner institutions.
Information for Librarian Applicants
Library environment: 

Northwestern University is a major private university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois and in Doha, Qatar. One of the leading private research libraries in the United States, Northwestern University Library serves the educational and information needs of the NU community as well as scholars around the world. Its collection contains more than 4.6 million volumes and a full array of digital resources. University Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and participates in programs of the Committee for Institutional Cooperation (CIC). See more information about the Library at:

To Apply: 
Send PDF formatted letter of application, resume or vita, and names of three references to the attention of Jan Hayes, Personnel Librarian, to Northwestern University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.
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