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Business and Data Analytics Librarian-- Northwestern University Libraries

posted Jun 30, 2017, 11:09 AM by Lars Hagelin
WORK GROUP: Research & Learning Services (RLS)
REPORTS TO: Assistant Head of RLS for Government, Business, and Geospatial Data Services


Recognizing the unique strength of interdisciplinary scholarship at Northwestern University, the Business and Data Analytics Librarian will bring expertise in the tools, methods and resources needed to support research and teaching conducted by faculty, staff and students across the university community, with particular attention to emerging and current trends in business, market research, project management, and data analytics. The librarian in this position will develop relationships with and collaboratively provide services to faculty, staff and students who are studying and researching topics in business and management. The successful candidate will serve as a liaison to the Kellogg School of Management, and will work closely with librarians who serve as liaisons to related schools and programs throughout the Northwestern University. Working collaboratively, the successful candidate will develop and deliver innovative services in areas of research support and instruction (individualized and group, in-person and virtual), scholarly communication, data management, and digital scholarship. The successful candidate will draw upon specialized expertise including knowledge of topics, resources, and trends in business, entrepreneurship and marketing, as well as quantitative analysis software and statistical methods.

Job Duties Include:
  1. Provides research assistance and instructional support in the areas of business/management, marketing, and social science data analysis to all members of the Northwestern community, working collaboratively to do so. 
  2. Serves as one of two liaisons to the Kellogg School of Management, providing research assistance and consultation, and instructional services for business. Collaborates closely with the Business & Management Librarian and supports students at both the Evanston and Chicago campuses. Serves as liaison to other academic areas and programs, with specific assignment(s) depending on the needs of the Northwestern community. 
  3. Works in close collaboration with librarians for engineering and related fields to support project management/management sciences in an array of interdisciplinary fields, with particular attention to entrepreneurship services and instruction. 
  4. Plays an active role in the planning and decision-making process of the RLS Work Group and unit activities by participating in regular meetings, organizing special projects and programs, and showing initiative and creativity in the planning process. 
  5. Provides general research service at the Main Library research assistance desk, and provides research services to all members of the NU community regardless of location. Research service at the Evanston campus includes weekend hours. 
  6. Serves on Library committees and other bodies as appropriate. 
  7. Additional duties as assigned. 

  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program, or its equivalent. 
  • Graduate degree in a related field or practical experience with business, project management, or social science quantitative research. 
  • Demonstrated understanding of current and emerging trends in business and entrepreneurship research and scholarship 
  • Experience finding, acquiring, manipulating and analyzing quantitative data in a research environment. 
  • Working knowledge of R, SAS, SPSS, STATA, MatLab or other statistical analysis software applications 
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office software suite 
  • Public service experience in a library setting 
  • Experience developing and delivering innovative and responsive instructional programs. 
  • Knowledge of pedagogy and student learning assessment 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and to manage projects 
  • Demonstrated ability to work within and across committees and teams, to work with interdisciplinary areas across the campus, and to contribute constructively to committee and team efforts. 
  • 1-2 years academic library experience 
  • Knowledge of current technologies and services supporting business and the social sciences. 
  • Familiarity with statistical platforms such as WRDS or Bloomberg 
  • Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly communication and publishing issues 
  • Knowledge of data mining and analysis tools, textual analysis, and/or TEI 
  • Ability to design and develop online learning objects and instructional modules 
  • Working knowledge of relational database software, e.g Microsoft Access, Oracle, MySQL, PostGreSQL 

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, is a major private university with an extensive library system. This includes the Northwestern University Libraries, two branch libraries on the Evanston Campus, and three libraries on the Chicago Campus. Northwestern University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and participates in programs of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC). Northwestern University Libraries participates in area studies initiatives of the Center for Research Libraries and Global Resources Network. The holdings of Northwestern University Libraries total over 4 million volumes.

To Apply:

Send a single, PDF-formatted file containing letter of application, resume or vita, and names of three references to the attention of Jan Hayes, Director of Organizational Development, to

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.