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Business Research Librarian Professional, MIT Lincoln Library, Lexington, MA


The Research Librarian will participate in and play a critical role in MIT Lincoln Laboratory Knowledge Services’ Research Library Team by participating in the delivery of research, reference, and mediated search services in science and engineering fields, strategic planning initiatives, collection development and management, study committee service, and in library liaison activities.  In addition, the selected candidate will engage with colleagues in exploring, planning for, and implementing technological innovations to facilitate and improve library research analysis of businesses and markets in areas of interest to the Laboratory.  The position requires an incumbent with curiosity and initiative to explore technological innovations to improve these operations and to contribute to the Library’s efforts to remain abreast of information resources, technologies, and services.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provide general and specialized research assistance for the sciences, engineering, computer science, and related disciplines with a specialization in business and market intelligence reflecting the interests of the Laboratory.
  • Cultivate partnerships and collaborate with Library and Laboratory personnel on projects including technical studies, programs, and other undertakings
  • Analyze trends in the research programs and programs of assigned divisions; keep current with trends in the literature and scholarship of the disciplines themselves, and use this knowledge to build and manage the Libraries’ collections and alerts in assigned disciplines
  • Maintain and develop “collaborative” subject pages and alerts to support and enhance staff use of information resources
  • Contribute to the development of online learning resources and tools

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master of Science in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution and 3-5 years of professional experience with a focus on business analysis.
  • Knowledge of and/or experience with all aspects of Library Science including electronic resources, collaborative technologies, research/reference, acquisitions and collection development, and metadata control.
  • Strong focus in digital librarianship and a technical aptitude are required as is a keen interest and desire to work with the often dynamic and changing special library/information services environment.
  • Teamwork capabilities are required along with strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Successful candidates must have the ability to take initiative and to be self-directed and motivated.
  • Candidates must be able to demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills with an aptitude for complex and detailed work.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required to maintain communication channels with customers, management, and other library personnel in a team-oriented environment.
  • Strong service orientation to customers and to co-workers is a must.
  • U.S. citizenship and an ability to acquire a U.S. Department of Defense security clearance are required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in a Sci/Tech environment and/or a degree in Engineering or Science or Business Administration.
  • Professional understanding of collaboration technologies, taxonomies, ontologies, content management systems.
  • Understanding of collection development practices related to the scientific, technical and report literature.

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