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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Research & Knowledge Mgmt Lib (Cl on For'n Rel'ns) (NY)

Title:               Research and Knowledge Management Librarian

Location:         New York, New York

Salary:             Based upon education and experience 

The 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, innovative ideas in instruction, and familiarity with taxonomy structures and metadata for research sources and enterprise content management. This position will also be involved with the development of institutional processes and procedures for digitization and access to born-digital records, hybrid collections, and implementation of a digital asset management system (DAM).

The major responsibilities of this position will include (but are not limited to):
  • Providing general and in-depth reference services and consultation on CFR research projects.
  • Working with fellow librarians to create and deliver innovative instructional resources (orientations, workshops, etc.).
  • Assessing 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.
  • Collaborating with other departments to identify, implement, and assess effectiveness of various technology solutions in delivering reference and instruction.
  • Working with colleagues to develop the Library's research portal and design information delivery programs that support CFR projects and administrative processes.
  • Working collaboratively to set priorities and determine appropriate institutional approaches to digital asset management.
  • Contributing to selection, acquisition and organization of books and materials in anticipation of changing institutional research priorities.
  • Participating in establishing and continuous improvement of taxonomy structures for CFR enterprise content management systems and licensed research sources.
  • Participating in departmental strategic planning and the evaluation of the Library's contribution to institutional missions and goals.

  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited program.
  • 3-5 years of professional library experience designing and delivering social sciences research and instructional services in a complex non-profit, academic, or business environment.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with databases, publications, informal networks, and data sources that support international affairs and geoeconomic research.
  • Experience developing and delivering information resources and technology training to researchers and staff at varying levels of experience and seniority.
  • Working knowledge of information management principles, techniques, and technology for classification, preservation, search, and records management in both print and digital formats.
  • Working knowledge of taxonomy structures, controlled vocabulary and metadata; experience with information architecture and digital asset management (DAM) systems a plus.
  • 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.

Founded in 1921, the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) is a leading nonprofit membership organization, research center, and publisher, with headquarters in New York, an office in Washington, DC, and programs nationwide. It is dedicated to increasing America's understanding of the world and contributing ideas to U.S. foreign policy. CFR's 4,900+ members are leaders in international affairs and foreign policy. CFR also publishes Foreign Affairs, the preeminent magazine on global issues, and provides up-to-date information about the world and U.S. foreign policy on its award-winning website,

The Council on Foreign Relations offers a benefits package that is among the best offered by nonprofit institutions today, including an award-winning health and wellness program including an on-site fitness center, and generous leave policies and health insurance programs.

Qualified candidates should email, fax, or mail a resume and cover letter to the Human Resources department at the below address. PLEASE INCLUDE THE POSITION NAME IN THE SUBJECT OF YOUR EMAIL. The Council on Foreign Relations is an equal opportunity employer and actively seeks candidates from a diverse background.
Council on Foreign Relations
Human Resources Office
58 E. 68th St., New York, NY 10065
FAX:  (212) 434-9893