Research Data & Collections Librarian, Knowledge and Library Services

Posted to IASSIST on: 2017-05-08

Employer: Harvard University, Harvard Business School

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As one of the 15 schools at Harvard University, Harvard Business School (HBS) is located just across the river in Boston, a short walk from Harvard Square in Cambridge. HBS educates leaders who make a difference in the world.

With a team of librarians, researchers, educators, statisticians, journalists, information management professionals, product designers, and archivists, Knowledge and Library Services (KLS) offers unparalleled resources and services to the HBS community. The Research Data Program was created to help Harvard Business School faculty evaluate, acquire, use, manage and archive data for their research.

This position manages the Research Data Program and is a key member of the Baker Library Collections team, ensuring that Harvard Business School and Harvard University have access to premier library collections and information resources. 

The Research Data and Collections Librarian works closely with a cross-departmental team, providing collaborative coordination to meet the goals of both the Baker Research Data Program and Baker Library collections. Understanding the research landscape, the role of campus partnerships, and the capabilities and limits of library support will be essential to the success of the role. This position reports to the Senior Director of Baker Research Services and also supports the Manager of Business Information Resources. 

About the Research Data Program: About Baker Library Collections and Archives:

In leading the newly developed Research Data Program, this position is responsible for:

  • Partnering with the Baker Research Services team to identify and acquire licensed and publicly available datasets critical to supporting research at HBS.
  • Negotiating favorable terms, conditions, and pricing for content licenses and tracking special data sets and other research materials on behalf of HBS faculty and doctoral students
  • Ensuring legal, compliance, and re-use issues around HBS-licensed datasets are appropriately addressed
  • Recruiting and coordinating faculty data deposits into HBS Dataverse, our repository for faculty and doctoral student research data
  • Collaborating with the HBS archival program in meeting University requirements for research records and data retention and ensuring long-term preservation and access of essential data
  • Building relationships across Harvard University, particularly with the Harvard University Research Data Program and Library Collection Development community

As a member of the Baker Library Collections team, this position supports the Manager, Business Information Resources in:

  • Playing a leading role the ongoing  assessment and analysis of the Baker Library’s collecting strategy vis-à-vis  current faculty research interests, HBS initiatives and priorities, changing curriculum needs, and broader trends in scholarship 
  • Developing creative and innovative methods to measure, analyze and report the impact of collections and content on HBS teaching and learning
  • Ensuring licensed and purchased content is discoverable and accessible through the Baker Library web site, HOLLIS + and the Harvard Library.
  • Providing input for the development of the annual Baker Library collection budget, reviews budget forecasts, tracks expenditures.


  • BA/BS + 5yrs of experience
  • Experience in collection development including contract negotiations and management


  • Demonstrated ability to exercise maturity and good judgment in dealing with priority customers and vendors.
  • Advanced degree in information management, library science, or business or related field or equivalent experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise maturity and good judgment in dealing with priority customers and vendors
  • Fundamental understanding of intellectual property issues
  • In-depth understanding of scholarly communications and the information industry, preferably in the field of contemporary business and/or social sciences
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong quantitative, analytical, and critical thinking/problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrated ability to influence without authority

Archived on: 2017-05-22