Reporting to the Head, Social Sciences and Visualization in the unit for Maps, Media, Data and Government Information, the Visualization Specialist works with staff and faculty to identify hardware and software needs, and to develop scalable, sustainable practices related to data visualization services. This position designs and delivers workshops and training sessions on data visualization tools and methods, and develops a range of instructional materials to support library users with data visualization needs in the Social Sciences and Humanities.
The Visualization Specialist will coordinate responsibilities with other unit staff and may supervise student employees.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Advises, consults, instructs, and serves as technical lead with data visualization projects with library, faculty teaching, and courses where students are using data.
- Identifies, evaluates and recommends new and emerging digital research tools for the Libraries and Harvard research community.
- Develops and supports visualization services in response to current trends, teaching and learning--especially as it intersects with Library collections and programs.
- Collaborates in developing ideas and concepts effectively across diverse interdisciplinary audiences and serves as a point person for data visualization and analysis efforts in the Libraries and is attuned to both the quantitative and qualitative uses with datasets. Understands user needs for disseminating their visualizations as either static objects for print publications or interactive online objects to engage with.
- Develops relationships with campus units supporting digital research, including the Center for Government and International Studies, Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences, and Harvard Library Central Services, and academic departments engaged in data analysis and visualization.
- Develops, collects, and curates exemplar data sets from multiple fields to be used in visualization workshops and training materials
Founded in 1638, Harvard has a rich legacy of libraries that continues into the 21st century. In total there are over 70 libraries at Harvard that comprise the Harvard library system, with combined holdings of over 19 million items, including 900,000 e-journals, e-books and other e-resources.
More than 12 million of the Harvard Library items are part of the collection of a centrally administered unit within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that is referred to as the Harvard College Library (HCL). It is comprised of Widener, Lamont, Birkhoff Mathematical, Cabot Science, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Fine Arts, Harvard-Yenching, Houghton, Loeb Music, Physics Research, and Tozzer libraries and the Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Map Collection, and the Harvard Theatre Collection.
The School of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences serves 1,227 faculty, 4,000 graduate students in 55 degree programs, 6,800 undergraduate students in over 45 fields of study, and is part of Harvard University with 21,000 students university-wide.
The Harvard Library holds membership in Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Council on Library and Information Resources, and Digital Library Federation.
Formal offers will be made by FAS Human Resources.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary