Data Curator Librarian

Rochester, NY


The Data Curator Librarian will join an expanding data support team that is implementing policies, workflows, and platforms to ensure University of Rochester researchers are able to meet data sharing requirements and expectations from publishers, funders, and disciplinary best practices.

A key member of the Data services team, the data curator will work with researchers to prepare and enhance their data and metadata for deposit within UR’s data repository and/or relevant disciplinary repositories. In consultation with other library and campus colleagues, especially the data, reproducibility, and scholarly communication librarians, the curator will develop and revise minimum data and metadata standards for data deposits from all disciplines. They will collaborate on creating data workflows and regularly perform assessment on current practices to identify areas for iterative improvement.


Data Curation

  • Review data submitted for deposit in the University’s data repository and/or disciplinary repositories

  • Communicate with researchers around enhancements necessary to meet minimum standards

  • Track and manage communication with researchers

  • Track provenance of changed records

Policy and Standards Development

  • Work with Data Librarian to develop minimum requirements for data being deposited into the University’s data repository

  • Regularly assess and review policies against current disciplinary standards and requirements

Data Repository Workflows

  • Coordinate with the Repositories Lead to design user-centered workflows for data submission and approval processes in the University’s data repository

  • Regularly assess data repository workflows for data to support continuous improvement

Knowledge of Disciplinary Standards

  • Remain current on data standards, practices, and trends

  • Participate in professional development activities

  • Collaborate with Data Librarian and other library staff to identify other new and or changing standards or best practices

Communicate Standards

  • Coordinate with Data Librarian to create educational material for standards and best practices

  • Collaborate with Liaison Librarians to assist researchers with metadata or data documentation questions

Miscellaneous Duties

  • Maintain currency with library functions, resources, practices, and procedures

  • Participate in and contribute towards River Campus Libraries and University committees, meetings, and events

  • Maintain professional collaborations with River Campus Libraries and campus constituencies

  • Perform other duties as assigned



  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, or other advanced degree, preferably in the fields of science, engineering, or data management

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with others across

  • disciplines/fields, with a team focus

  • Demonstrated ability to discover and quickly become competent using new technologies, software, and devices; willingness to explore the

  • use of innovative technologies with a high tolerance for risk, ambiguity,

  • and failure

  • Outstanding interpersonal skills and abilities, and comfort working

  • collaboratively in a team environment

  • Ability to form strong, collaborative connections and manage projects

  • Outstanding verbal, written, and presentation skills

  • Self-starter who is flexible, creative, and open to new challenges

  • Strong commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion


  • 2+ years of job-related experience working with data, or equivalent combination of education and experience preferred

The University of Rochester is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion to advance the University’s mission to Learn, Discover, Heal, Create – and Make the World Ever Better. In support of our values and those of our society, the University is committed to not discriminating on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, military/veteran status, national origin, race, religion/creed, sex, sexual orientation, citizenship status, or any other status protected by law. This commitment extends to the administration of our policies, admissions, employment, access, and recruitment of candidates from underrepresented populations, veterans, and persons with disabilities consistent with these values and government contractor Affirmative Action obligations.

How To Apply


All applicants must apply online.

EOE Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Disabled

Pay Range

Pay Range: $ 53,500 - $ 74,900 Annually

The referenced pay range represents the minimum and maximum compensation for this job. Individual annual salaries/hourly rates will be set within the job’s compensation range, and will be determined by considering factors including, but not limited to, market data, education, experience, qualifications, expertise of the individual, and internal equity considerations.

Location: Central Administration
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Opening: Full Time 40 hours Grade 000