Information Research Specialist

Posted to IASSIST on: 2017-05-08

Employer: Harvard University, Harvard Business School

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The Information Research Specialist is a valued member of Baker Research Services (BRS), a team of librarians, MBAs, statisticians, and economists with deep expertise working with licensed and publicly available data sources. BRS provides support to Harvard Business School faculty and doctoral students across the research spectrum—from advising on best resources for a project, to managing research projects from beginning to end, to finding innovative ways to communicate research findings, and more.

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Working Relationships: 

  • Reports to the Senior Manager, Baker Research Services.
  • Works closely with HBS faculty, doctoral students, and research associates.
  • Contributes to the goals and priorities of Baker Research Services and Knowledge and Library Services. 
  • Works closely with subject matter, content, and technical experts across Knowledge and Library Services, HBS and the Harvard University community.


The Information Research Specialist in Baker Research Services:

  • Supports the creation of original intellectual property by Harvard Business School (HBS) faculty and doctoral students in form of scholarly articles and books, cases, conference presentations, course materials, and testimony.
  • Consults with researchers to determine their needs; participates in the design of research projects to satisfy those needs; and acts with independence and initiative to implement project designs efficiently.
  • Accesses and extracts information from data in a variety of formats and from a variety of sources (e.g., web, primary materials, and secondary materials) for literature searches, research data projects, case updates, etc. 
  • Explains data to untrained users; prepares informative and illustrative exhibits and explanations; plans, conducts, and presents results of analytical procedures, possibly including statistical analysis.
  • Participates in Baker Library and Harvard Library committees, working groups, events, etc.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Masters degree or equivalent graduate education in Library/Information Science, Economics, Statistics, Business Administration or other relevant discipline.  
  • Minimum 3+ years experience applicable work experience

Advanced Qualifications:

  • Experience with citation management tools such as Endnote, Refworks, Zotero.
  • ​Proficiency with data visualization tools (Tableau, D3, R) and related coding languages a plus
  • Broad knowledge of business topics including corporate finance, accounting, business history, etc.; solid understanding of business and economics concepts and related quantitative measures. 
  • Expert knowledge of business information sources—standard third-party business databases including, but not limited to Bloomberg, CRSP, CapIQ/Research Insight/Compustat, Datastream, Factset, and Thomson One.
  • Experience with literature databases, particularly business literature databases (Factiva, EBSCO, LexisNexis); tools and strategies for searching through them; organizing voluminous search results; and integrating them with data from other sources.
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of Excel and/or other analytical tools such as SAS and Stata.
  • Highly-developed skills and creativity in information research, organization, presentation and delivery; excellent critical thinking skills; superb customer service. Able to produce timely, high quality results under pressure. 
  • Demonstrated record of managing client relationships, setting priorities, meeting multiple deadlines and sharing workloads and projects with a research team.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work well with others. Ability to collaborate and contribute to group projects and participate on committees and working groups within the department, across Knowledge and Library Services, and across the Harvard Library.
  • Second Masters degree in related field desirable.
  • Work experience in an academic environment or a special library is desired.

Archived on: 2017-05-22