University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt Library

Position ID:University of Pennsylvania-Van Pelt Library-BFLI [#24223]
Position Title: Bollinger Fellow in Library Innovation (Hybrid)
Position Location:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104, United States
Subject Area: Library
Appl Deadline: finished (2023/01/26, finished 2023/11/02)
Position Description:    

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Bollinger Fellow in Library Innovation (Hybrid)

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn's distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning. As an employer Penn has been ranked nationally on many occasions with the most recent award from Forbes who named Penn one of America's Best Employers By State in 2021.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement for all positions at the University of Pennsylvania. New hires are expected to be fully vaccinated before beginning work at the University. For more information about Penn's vaccine requirements, visit the Penn COVID-19 Response website for the latest information.

Posted Job Title
Bollinger Fellow in Library Innovation (Hybrid)

Job Profile Title
Data Analyst D

Job Description Summary
The Bollinger Fellowship was specifically funded to provide the libraries the flexibility and capacity to explore the innovative uses of data for the improvement of services and the enrichment of our planning and organizational intelligence. The work is consonant with the Libraries provostial approved strategic plan and the plan's ambition to create exceptional service for Penn and expand the boundaries of learning in research library practices.

Job Description

Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Mine various data resources (system and database logs, database inputs, library business applications and staff-supplied datasets) for development of key management metrics and performance indicators and general business intelligence useful to planning and service design.
  • Working with IA&OA staff and Library service owners, explore and develop options for creating and disseminating data dashboard, visualizations and reports based on MetriDoc data stores and services.
  • Explore and instantiate new data sources and processes for incorporation into the MetriDoc service environment.
  • Participate in the maintenance and development of the Libraries' MetriDoc platform. Script data harvest and ingest processes; ensure effective system and data hygiene.
  • On behalf of Library staff and organizational learning goals, assist with the presentation of data and support for data literacy through consultation, workshops and other staff learning events.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Applicants must have received a Ph.D. after January 1, 2022 in the Physical and Social Sciences, computer-intensive study in the Humanities, or Computer or Information Science. If a Ph.D. has not yet been awarded, all work toward the degree (including dissertation defense and final dissertation editing) must be completed before starting the fellowship.
  • A track record in creative analyses of data sets, or working in Library or Library-like services.
  • Familiarity with object-oriented programming, e.g., Python, Ruby, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct and manage research projects.
  • A knowledge of trends in current information science and how they apply in scholarship settings.
  • A sophisticated understanding of data and the power of data to inform services and open new areas of research and knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate the opportunities of digital research to scholars.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.

  • Familiarity with graph data and related foundational concepts of semantic data.
  • Some familiarity or working experience with digital libraries.
  • Demonstrated digital project management experience.
  • Knowledge of open scholarship trends, resources, and applications.

This is a 2 year term position.

Application Requirement:
A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.

Budgeted Pay Range:
$55,000 -- $65,000 commensurate with education and experience

Job Location - City, State
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Hybrid Eligible - This position is eligible for a hybrid work schedule with a work week divided between working onsite and working remotely.

Department / School
University Library

Pay Range
$61,046.00 - $132,906.66
Salary offers are made based on the candidate's qualifications, experience, skills, and education as they directly relate to the requirements of the position, as well as internal and market factors and grade profile.

Affirmative Action Statement
Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements
Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

University Benefits
  • Health, Life, and Flexible Spending Accounts: Penn offers comprehensive medical, prescription, behavioral health, dental, vision, and life insurance benefits to protect you and your family's health and welfare. You can also use flexible spending accounts to pay for eligible health care and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.
  • Tuition: Take advantage of Penn's exceptional tuition benefits. You, your spouse, and your dependent children can get tuition assistance here at Penn. Your dependent children are also eligible for tuition assistance at other institutions.
  • Retirement: Penn offers generous retirement plans to help you save for your future. Penn's Basic, Matching, and Supplemental retirement plans allow you to save for retirement on a pre-tax or Roth basis. Choose from a wide variety of investment options through TIAA and Vanguard.
  • Time Away from Work: Penn provides you with a substantial amount of time away from work during the course of the year. This allows you to relax, take vacations, attend to personal affairs, recover from illness or injury, spend time with family—whatever your personal needs may be.
  • Long-Term Care Insurance: In partnership with Genworth Financial, Penn offers faculty and staff (and your eligible family members) long-term care insurance to help you cover some of the costs of long-term care services received at home, in the community or in a nursing facility. If you apply when you're newly hired, you won't have to provide proof of good health or be subject to underwriting requirements. Eligible family members must always provide proof of good health and are subject to underwriting.
  • Wellness and Work-life Resources: Penn is committed to supporting our faculty and staff as they balance the competing demands of work and personal life. That's why we offer a wide variety of programs and resources to help you care for your health, your family, and your work-life balance.
  • Professional and Personal Development: Penn provides an array of resources to help you advance yourself personally and professionally.
  • University Resources: As a member of the Penn community, you have access to a wide range of University resources as well as cultural and recreational activities. Take advantage of the University's libraries and athletic facilities, or visit our arboretum and art galleries. There's always something going on at Penn, whether it's a new exhibit at the Penn Museum, the latest music or theater presentation at the Annenberg Center, or the Penn Relays at Franklin Field to name just a few examples. As a member of the Penn community, you're right in the middle of the excitement—and you and your family can enjoy many of these activities for free.
  • Discounts and Special Services: From arts and entertainment to transportation and mortgages, you'll find great deals for University faculty and staff. Not only do Penn arts and cultural centers and museums offer free and discounted admission and memberships to faculty and staff. You can also enjoy substantial savings on other goods and services such as new cars from Ford and General Motors, cellular phone service plans, movie tickets, and admission to theme parks.
  • Flexible Work Hours: Flexible work options offer creative approaches for completing work while promoting balance between work and personal commitments. These approaches involve use of non-traditional work hours, locations, and/or job structures.
  • Penn Home Ownership Services: Penn offers a forgivable loan for eligible employees interested in buying a home or currently residing in West Philadelphia, which can be used for closing costs or home improvements.
  • Adoption Assistance: Penn will reimburse eligible employees on qualified expenses in connection with the legal adoption of an eligible child, such as travel or court fees, for up to two adoptions in your household.

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