Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2019-01-14

Employer: Northwestern University

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Northwestern University Libraries seek an enthusiastic, collaborative, and user-focused librarian with skills and knowledge pertinent to business researchers across multiple disciplines. Joining a team of librarians active in research services, instruction, and academic engagement, the Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian will partner with other librarians, technical specialists, and faculty to develop innovative services that advance the use of business information in teaching, in research, and in planning new business ventures. Key opportunities of the position include working directly with student entrepreneurs as they develop and launch startups, serving as a liaison to students and faculty in the department of Economics, and being the primary link between Northwestern Libraries and a variety of interdisciplinary academic programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels that foster the use of business data and resources in fields such as marketing, journalism, engineering, communication, and the humanities. The Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian works closely with the Business and Management Librarian, who serves as the primary liaison to the Kellogg School of Management, to coordinate collection development for business resources. By collaborating with specialists in data services, scholarly communication, government information, digital scholarship, and other areas, the Business and Entrepreneurship Librarian connects students and faculty to the full range of resources and services Northwestern Libraries offer.

Key Responsibilities

  • Actively engages with faculty and students to provide innovative instruction and expert research assistance in the areas of economics, business, marketing, and entrepreneurship. Cultivates partnerships and working relationships to facilitate research in those areas, drawing upon the range of services and expertise of the NorthwesternLibraries.
  • Manages and develops collections to support research, teaching, and learning in the department of Economics and is liaison to multiple programs in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, Medill School of Journalism, McCormick School of Engineering, and the School of Communication focused on entrepreneurship, leadership, marketing, and management, including active engagement with The Garage, Northwestern’s hub for student entrepreneurship andinnovation.
  • Partners with Business and Management Librarian to support students and faculty in the Kellogg School of Management on the Evanston and Chicago campuses, and similarly collaborates with library liaisons for engineering, communication studies, and other areas to support interdisciplinary programs that have elements of management andentrepreneurship.
  • Collaborates with the Libraries’ data services team to support use of business data for research andteaching.
  • Works within the Instruction and Curriculum Support work group to design information literacy student learning goals and instructional materials based on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in HigherEducation.
  • Creates learning materials, such as online tutorials, research guides, and other course-specific learning objects for the University’s learning managementsystem.
  • Contributes to the Libraries’ campus engagement and programmingendeavors.
  • Serves as an active member of the Libraries’ staff, including participation on committees and other bodies asappropriate.
  • Engages in appropriate professional development, continuing education, professionalservice, and researchactivities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program, or its equivalent.
  • Academic background or practical experience in economics, engineering, business, or related field.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in business and entrepreneurship research and education.
  • Awareness of approaches and tools for analyzing and representing businessdata.
  • Experienceordemonstratedinterestininformationliteracyandlibraryinstruction,including familiarity with the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, active learning techniques, instructional technology, and assessment for learning at alllevels.

Minimum Competencies

  • Ability to work in a collaborative team-basedenvironment
  • Excellent oral and written communicationskills
  • Adaptable, ability to adjust to changingenvironment
  • Customerfocused
  • Takes ownership of work, completes what is needed without being asked, followsthrough
  • Plans ahead, manages time well, is resource conscious, finds better ways to achieve personal and work groupgoals

Archived on: 2019-05-22