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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

F/T - Research Librarian & Digital Mgmt, Council on Foreign Rel'ns (NY)

Research Librarian and Digital Management Specialist, Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) – NY

CFR’s (Council on Foreign Relations) Library and Research Services department seeks a versatile and creative information professional to join us as we begin to integrate the library’s research collections with the institution’s strategic enterprise content management (ECM) plan. 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. This position will also be involved with the management of the archival collection, particularly development of institutional processes and procedures for inventory and access to born-digital records, hybrid collections, and implementation of a digital asset management system.
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.
  • 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.
  • Collaborates with other departments to identify, implement, and assess effectiveness of various technology solutions in delivering reference and instruction.
  • Works collaboratively to set priorities and determine appropriate institutional approaches to digital asset management.
  • 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.
  • 2-3 years of professional library experience designing and delivering reference and instructional services in a complex academic, non-profit, or business environment.
  • At least one year of professional archival processing experience; experience with digital asset management (DAM) systems, a plus.
  • 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.
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