How You Can Write More Inclusive Data Practitioner Job Postings

  • Joanna Thielen orcid logo (University of Michigan Library)
  • Amy Neeser (University of California, Berkeley)


The principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion have long been incorporated into many aspects of the data practitioner profession. The hiring process is an exception; it is opaque, stress-inducing, and ultimately reinforces a homogeneous workforce. Job postings are important both as a window into the profession and as the first way that candidates interact with your institution. This Commentary article provides concrete and actionable recommendations on how you can start writing more equitable, diverse, and inclusive job postings at your institution.

The substance of this article is based upon a panel presentation at RDAP Summit 2019.

Keywords: job posting, hiring, diversity, equity, inclusion, data practitioners, library jobs, data librarians, academic libraries, RDAP

How to Cite:

Thielen, J. & Neeser, A., (2019) “How You Can Write More Inclusive Data Practitioner Job Postings”, Journal of eScience Librarianship 8(2): 2. doi:

Rights: Copyright Thielen & Neeser © 2019

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Published on
18 Dec 2019