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Friday, November 30, 2012

F/T - Research/KM Librarian - Council on Foreign Relations (NYC)

Research and Knowledge Management Librarian

Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., New York, NY 10065
FAX: (212) 434-9893

CFR's Library and Research Services department seeks a versatile and creative information professional to join us as we begin to integrate the library's digital research collections with the institution's strategic enterprise content management (ECM) plan. The institution is moving to a SharePoint environment, conducting content audits, reviewing information architecture, and creating taxonomies that will underpin administrative and research processes. The Library is redesigning its presentation and institutional integration of core research sources to support information discovery and maximize effective use of resources. We are looking for a librarian who brings experience in social science reference services and innovative ideas in instruction, experience with taxonomy and metadata for research sources and enterprise content management, and indexing skills. The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):
  • Provides general and in-depth reference services and consultation on CFR research projects.
  • Works with colleagues to develop Library's research web sites and design information delivery programs that support CFR projects and administrative processes.
  • Collaborates with other departments to identify, implement, and assess effectiveness of various technology solutions in delivering reference and instruction.
  • Works with fellow librarians to create and deliver innovative instructional resources (orientations, workshops, etc.).
  • Assesses effectiveness of training in furthering CFR missions through follow-up interviews, web based assessments, usability studies, and regular audits of information preferences of institutional researchers and administrators.
  • Assumes responsibility for cataloging and classification of CFR publications and a small collection of library materials, including revision of copy cataloging and creates indexes for access to information on CFR history.
  • Contributes to selection, acquisition and organization of books and materials in anticipation of changing institutional research priorities.
  • Participates in establishing and continuous improvement of taxonomy structures for CFR enterprise content management systems and licensed research sources.
  • Participates in departmental strategic planning and the evaluation of the Library's contribution to institutional missions and goals.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program.
  • 3-4 years of professional library experience designing and delivering reference and instructional services in a complex academic, non-profit, or business environment.
  • Ability to implement technological innovations to facilitate and improve analysis of research needs and to assess research services.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with databases, publications, informal networks, and data sources that support international affairs and geoeconomic research.
  • Working knowledge of information management principles, techniques, and technology for classification, preservation, search and records management in both print and digital formats.
  • Demonstrated skill in building taxonomies, controlled vocabulary and creating keywords.
  • Ability to approach projects in a practical and entrepreneurial manner, with strong creative, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.
  • Readily able to manage capacity and workload with flexibility and responsiveness.
  • A collegial style suited to work in a small office setting where teamwork is highly valued.
  • Exceptional communication skills and the ability to convey complex processes in clear and simple terms.
  • Proficient in the use of technology in all facets of work including standard office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Experience with information/knowledge management projects that developed robust research and information delivery systems and experience with integrating library and research services into a Sharepoint environment, a plus.
To Apply:

CFR is a leading independent, nonpartisan membership organization, think tank, and publisher. Founded in 1921, CFR is dedicated to being a resource for its members, government officials, business executives, journalists, educators and students, civic and religious leaders, and other interested citizens to better understand the world and the foreign policy choices facing the United States and other countries. CFR, with headquarters located in New York City and an office in Washington, DC, conducts outreach programs to target constituencies nationwide. The organization's 4,500+ members are leaders in global issues and include representatives from a broad range of fields. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent journal on international affairs. CFR provides commentary and analysis about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,, on, and through social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.