Data Analysis and Visualization Librarian Hamilton , ON


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Job Title:

Data Analysis and Visualization Librarian


Central Campus

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Digital Scholarship Services

Salary Grade/Band:

Level 1

Salary Range:

$59,838.00 - $86,216.00 per year

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Education Level

Master's Degree

Career Level

Level 1

Department Description:

Job Description:

The Data Analysis and Visualization Librarian is a key contributor to the advanced research support mission of the McMaster University Library (MUL) and the Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship (SCDS). Individually and in collaboration with SCDS colleagues, the librarian develops, coordinates, and supports services and programs that advance knowledge and skills related to quantitative and qualitative data analysis, data visualization, knowledge mobilization, and general digital fluency for McMaster students, staff, faculty, and community members. As a member of the SCDS, the Librarian supports research by developing and delivering training sessions and programs, providing project consultation support to researchers, and collaborating on research projects when appropriate. The librarian will share a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion and lead efforts to expand and increase the SCDS’s connections and partnerships with communities beyond McMaster. 

Representative Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Contributes actively to the shared missions of MUL’s Digital Scholarship Services Division and the SCDS by delivering instruction, services, and programs that advance the data, analytical, and digital fluency of McMaster students, staff, faculty, and community members. 
  • Provides leadership for data services in one or more areas of data specialization such as quantitative data, qualitative data, data visualization, data sciences, etc. Develops and reports on assessment measures for services.
  • Consults with faculty, students, staff, and community members on projects involving data-intensive quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, research tools, and approaches (e.g., data collection and preparation, computational data analysis, machine learning) in a variety of fields, and/or data visualization as a means of research dissemination and digital storytelling to specialist and public audiences.
  • Supports SCDS-related research projects by participating in grant applications, research design, data analysis, and dissemination of results (including peer-reviewed publications). 
  • Collaborates with course instructors and Library staff to create and deliver instructional sessions and related assignments that develop student familiarity and skills with analytical approaches and visualization in a variety of disciplines. Implements elements of instructional assessment to review and refine offerings. 
  • Develops and delivers synchronous workshops, instructional sessions, and asynchronous learning modules related to methodologies and software-based approaches to data collection, cleaning, transformation, analysis, and visualization at introductory, intermediate, and advanced levels. 
  • Leads and collaborates on special projects and important initiatives within MUL; assists MUL staff with data analysis and visualization needs. 
  • Initiates and contributes to data, statistics, and visualization projects in multiple disciplines with partners from MUL, the Health Sciences Library, McMaster, and/or the broader community. 
  • Keeps current of new approaches and emerging areas of interest and innovation on campus and in the field; communicates developments to colleagues and integrates them into services, support, and instruction activities.
  • In coordination with colleagues across the McMaster University Libraries, supports the organization’s data services, as well as initiatives related to research data management, open scholarship, and research impact analysis. 
  • Engages, builds partnerships, and liaises with academic programs involved in data-related research and instruction. Participates in collection development activities for datasets and related materials. Actively engages in conversations and forums around data analysis and visualization on provincial, national, and international level.
  • Chairs or serves as a member on library and university committees, task forces and projects aligned with position responsibilities. 


  • ALA-accredited Master of Library & Information Science degree, or equivalent.
  • 0-3 years of experience.

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Additional Assets:

  • Demonstrated experience with data visualization software such as Tableau, D3, PowerBI, Excel, Gephi, etc. required.
  • Experience teaching across different disciplines required.
  • Demonstrated skill and experience with common programming languages such as Python, R and Javascript is required.
  • Experience or knowledge of related data and analytical approaches including: Data cleaning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and research data management (RDM).
  • Demonstrated knowledge and practical experience with a variety of analytical and statistical methodologies.
  • Experience conducting or supporting academic research and knowledge of the academic research process. Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to develop clear, concise, accurate technical and user documentation.
  • Ability to work cooperatively and collegially at all levels in a culturally diverse and rapidly changing environment and a proven record of successful collaboration.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively with technology in a fast-paced environment while managing competing priorities

Additional Information:

McMaster University Library expects librarians to demonstrate professional service and professional activity as defined in Article 3 of the MUALA Collective Agreement.

The appointment will be made at the Librarian I rank $59,838.00 - $86,216.00 per year and includes a competitive and comprehensive benefit package. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This is a continuous position with an anticipated start date of September 1, 2021. 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


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.

How to Apply:

To apply for this job, please submit your application online.

Applicants external to McMaster University please use the following link:

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Employment Equity Statement:

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement.

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment. Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey - Statement of Collection for additional information.

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Closes: 27 June, 2021

McMaster University
Hamilton , ON