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About the position

The Davis Library Research Hub is looking for Library Data Consultants (LDCs) for the upcoming academic year. To support our services, we are looking for graduate students with experience in at least one of several areas: GIS (geographic information systems, remote sensing, and mapping); data visualization; text analysis; coding with Python or R; or statistics (SPSS and/or STATA). Priority will be given to candidates who are available to work during both Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters.

The positions are for 7-9 hours per week at a salary of $19.30/hour, paid as a monthly stipend with no benefits.

Primary duties

Students’ primary responsibilities are two-fold: staffing the Davis Library Research Hub Service Desk by answering questions (either in-person or online) and supporting classes that have a data component. LDCs will support one course each semester. Their role is to assist students with finding, generating, using, and interpreting data. LDCs can expect to work approximately 5 to 7 hours per week at the Davis Library Research Hub Service Desk and an additional 2 hours per week remotely. Desk hours will be between 12pm-5pm, Monday – Friday.

Secondary duties

When LDCs are not answering walk-in questions or working on materials for their assigned class, they will be assigned to project work. Examples of project work include:

  • Creating and editing maps and visualizations.
  • Creating content for and updating websites and guides.
  • Scraping, cleaning or subsetting data using scripting/coding.
  • Completing tutorials or exercises to expand relevant skills (i.e. someone with experience coding with R may be asked to complete beginner exercises in GIS).
  • Performing specific tasks to accomplish research projects as outlined by full time staff. Tasks generally involve creating or processing textual, numeric, or spatial data.


  • Current graduate student at UNC-Chapel Hill.
  • Graduate students are limited to working a total of 20 hours per week on campus. Students must have approval from their advisor if they intend to work more than that.
  • Previous work experience, substantial course work, or other experience in one of our areas of expertise (GIS, numeric data services, text and data mining, data visualization, digital humanities, or data analysis).
  • A commitment to providing customer service that is in line with the University Libraries’ Public Services Values Statement.
  • Experience working with at least one software package or programming language used for GIS, text or data mining, data analysis, and/or data visualization.
    • Examples include but are not limited to: ArcGIS suite (desktop, online, and/or Pro), QGIS, Tableau, Programming (Python, R), Microsoft Excel (including advanced functions such as VLOOKUP and Power Query), SPSS, STATA, etc.

To Apply

  1. Fill out the Research Hub Supplemental Information Form
  2. Submit a resume describing your skills and experience pertinent to this position, including any customer service experience (that may have been gained through employment or volunteering). Be sure to detail your experience – including self-taught opportunities, volunteer work, or independent projects – using one of the software packages and/or programming languages mentioned listed in the qualifications section. Cover letters are not required and will not be considered in the hiring process.

Review of applications will begin on August 15th. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to those received by the review date. Submit application materials to Tia Francis via email:

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