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Supervisor of Library Science

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA

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Job Description
Req ID: 14950

Shift: Days

Employment Status: AF - Active - Regular - Full Time 

Job Summary

The Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute is recruiting a new team to build a data and informatics program called “Arcus” that will link clinical and biological data and provide world-class computational tools to solve the most challenging problems in child health.   Recognizing the central role of data to the future of pediatric research, CHOP leadership and the Board of Trustees committed to a funding plan, and Arcus was launched in July 2017.  The Arcus team integrates with major scientific initiatives in the Research Institute Strategic Plan: Lifespan, Rare Diseases, Novel Devices and Therapeutics, and Precision Health.  We seek mission-oriented professionals with interest and expertise in the areas of biomedical science, library science, data education, data science, cloud computing, data privacy, and security.

The Supervisor of Library Science (LS) at the Children’s Hospital Of Philadelphia Resesarch Institute will build and lead the Arcus Library Science team and contribute to all library science activities for the Arcus program. The Supervisor of LS will lead the creation, maintenance and stewardship of biomedical data collections.  These collections will be structured as both archives of unpublished data generated by CHOP and secondary libraries of published data from CHOP or elsewhere. The Supervisor of LS will build a team of archivists and librarians who will develop an innovative program to catalog biomedical data collections to enable identification and retrieval of data relevant to researcher needs.   This team will advise and assist CHOP researchers on best practices for characterizing, preserving, and linking data sets. The Supervisor of LS will also collaborate with other areas of Arcus and CHOP to plan and implement systems related to biomedical data collections including repositories and data asset management systems.

Job Responsibilities

1. Develop strategies and implementation plans for archive and library functions that meet the goals of the Arcus program
2. Build and evolve an archival and library services team that collaborates across multiple stakeholder groups to develop and facilitate research using biomedical data collections.
3. Establish biomedical data collection strategies and operational workflows that are informed by emerging trends and best practices in digital collection creation and management.
4. Guide the adoption, implementation and use of multiple ontologies, common data elements, and data models in the context of a highly variable biomedical data collection.
5. Collaborate closely with Arcus Data Education and Applied Data Science leadership to enrich Arcus data collections and develop Arcus-focused curricula and training programs
6. Participate in and represent CHOP at national and international archival, library science, and biomedical data professional associations, funding agencies, and conferences.

Required Education and Experience

Required Education: Bachelor’s Degree in library science, information science, or related discipline

Required Experience:

\t At least three (3) years of experience in digital archives and/or biomedical library development.
\tExperience managing digital collection projects.

Preferred Education, Experience & Cert/Lic

Preferred Education: Master’s Degree in library science, information science, or related discipline

Preferred Experience:

 Experience with biomedical data management, text mining, information extraction,and / or records management.

Additional Technical Requirements

\t Demonstrated expertise with one or more digital collection software systems.
\t Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development.
\t Knowledge of emerging technology trends related to digital archives, metadata standards, text mining, and data visualization.
\t Understanding of biomedical ontologies and familiarity with information extraction from biological and healthcare data for the purposes of creating metadata. 
\tDemonstrated ability to work effectively, cooperatively, and collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups across an organization. 
\tDemonstrated ability to plan, prioiritize, coordinate, and implement multiple projects. 
\tExcellent written and oral communication skills, especially for the purpose of helping stakeholders understand the value of an archival and library approach to data management.

All CHOP employees who work in a patient building or who provide patient care are required to receive an annual influenza vaccine unless they are granted a medical or religious exemption.

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for its patients, family members, visitors and employees. In an effort to achieve this goal, employment at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, other than for positions with regularly scheduled hours in New Jersey, is contingent upon an attestation that the job applicant does not use tobacco products or nicotine in any form and a negative nicotine screen (the latter occurs after a job offer).

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

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CHOP Careers Contact 

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2716 South Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19146 

Phone: 866-820-9288

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The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is the nation's first hospital devoted exclusively to the care of children. Since our start in 1855, CHOP has been the birthplace for many dramatic firsts in pediatric medicine. The Hospital has fostered medical discoveries and innovations that have improved pediatric healthcare and saved countless children’s lives. Today, families facing complex conditions come to CHOP from all over the world, and our care and innovation has repeatedly earned us a spot on the U.S. News & World Report's Honor Roll of the nation's best children's hospitals.

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