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Data Analyst at University of Iowa

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Location: Iowa City, Iowa

Job Description:

The University of Iowa Libraries system consists of the Main Library, the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and a number of branch libraries. The UI Libraries has more than 5.7 million volumes including thousands of electronic resources. We coordinate the development and maintenance of the University's locally-created open access digital resources including the Iowa Digital Library, featuring close to a million digitized texts, images, and audio and video recordings, as well as Iowa Research Online, our institutional repository. Our Special Collections include over 250,000 rare books, ranging in age from the 15th century to newly created artists' books, as well as 4.7 miles of manuscripts. We also host the Greater Midwestern Regional Library of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

The University of Iowa Libraries is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Association of Research Libraries and a variety of other regional and national collaboratives focused on information services at scale. The Libraries provides a program of support for professional development activities and its staff members are actively engaged in national cooperative efforts. The Libraries are a founding member of the Association of College and Research Libraries' Diversity Alliance.

Position Description:
The University of Iowa Libraries is seeking a Data Analyst with proven experience in providing business intelligence (BI) solutions as well as experience with data modelling, and strong statistical and analytical skills. Under the direction of the Head of the Scholarly Impact department, the Collections and Publications Analyst is engaged in two major areas. The first is in the collection, analysis, and visualization of data pertaining to the University Libraries' collections and licensed materials. The information provided by the Collections and Publications Analyst will be used by the Libraries' administration, Acquisitions Department, Collection Management Team, and individual selectors to make data-informed decisions about the best possible allocation of resources to meet the needs of the University's researchers, scholars, educators, and students. In the second area, the Collections and Publications Analyst will collect, analyse, and create reports and visualizations of bibliometric data pertaining to the scholarly output of the University. This information will enable administrators, department heads, and individual authors/creators to measure and demonstrate the impact of University research and creative works on a state, national, and global scale.

The Libraries data analyst will have a support system through the UI Business Intelligence Shared Service Center and the BIC@UI BI user community. As a data analyst for the University of Iowa Libraries, Scholarly Impact department, you have the opportunity to make an individual impact on operational and strategic data informed decision-making.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Participate in the BI Project planning process to establish business requirements, define deliverables, conduct data analysis, and establish timelines.
  • Collaborate with key functional stakeholders to understand their business domain, processes and data.
  • Design and implement extract, transform, load (ETL) processes to create data pipelines and aggregate data from multiple sources.
  • Gather and normalize collection information from a variety of data sources, including internal systems and vendor-supplied data.
  • Collate internal and external data that supports the Libraries strategic mission, such as publications, in order to provide insight and actionable metrics for the University's faculty, staff and students.
  • Develop visually informative dashboards and reports based on end-user needs. Examples of dashboard domain include:
    • Provide usage and cost analyses of the University Libraries' electronic resources and other collections.
    • Provide customized analyses of research impact data, such as bibliometric information, through BI dashboards and exploratory analytic tools.
The University of Iowa is one of the nation's premier public research universities, with 11 colleges offering internationally recognized programs in disciplines ranging from otolaryngology to fiction writing, printmaking to space science, hydraulic engineering to dance. Iowa draws nearly 33,000 students from more than 100 countries and all 50 U.S. states, and employs about 29,500 faculty and staff.

The university is located along the picturesque Iowa River in Iowa City, a city of some 77,000 people (170,000+ in the metro area) regularly ranked as one of the nation's best places to live. Iowa City is less than four hours from Chicago and within five hours of Minneapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City, readily accessible via interstate highways and a regional airport 30 minutes away.

Application Process
Please attach a resume/CV and a cover letter as part of the application process. This job opening will be posted until February 5, 2019. This job may be removed from posting and filled any time after that date. References will be requested at a later point in the interview process. For questions or additional information, please contact

Successful candidates will be subject to a criminal background check and degree verification. References will be requested from candidates at a later point in the interview process.

Education Requirement
  • Bachelor's degree in Data Analytics, Business Analytics, Data Science, Informatics, or equivalent field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience Required
  • One or more years of data modeling and database schema experience.
  • Knowledge of current academic publishing issues and trends.
  • Experience with statistical methods and tools for data analysis.
  • Experience using APIs to retrieve and parse data.
  • Experience with data analysis and visualization tools such as Python, R and RStudio, Tableau, etc.
  • Strong verbal, written, and presentation communication skills.
  • Project management, facilitation, time management, and organizational skills.
  • Highly developed problem-solving, troubleshooting, and analytical abilities.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity in the workplace or community.

Desirable Qualifications
  • ALA accredited Master's degree in Library and Information science and demonstrated interest in professional development.
  • One to three years of experience working in an academic library or higher education setting.
  • Familiarity with the Analytics module and reporting functions in ALMA or a similar library systems platform.
  • Familiarity with publication data sources such as Web of Science, InCites, Dimensions, Scopus, SciVal, and/or Pure.

Universal Competencies:

  • Positive Impact/Achieving Results: Ability to utilize existing resources and learning to achieve or exceed desired outcomes of current and future organizational goals/needs. Able to demonstrate ethical behavior in diverse situations while producing results.
  • Service Excellence/Customer Focus: Ability to meet or exceed customer service needs and expectations and provide excellent service in a direct or indirect manner. Ability to effectively transmit and interpret information through appropriate communication with internal and external customers.
  • Collaboration and Embracing Diversity: Ability to work with a variety of individuals and groups in a constructive and civil manner while appreciating the unique contribution of individuals from varied cultures, nationalities, genders, ages, etc.