Library Research Specialist

Kansas City, MO 64110
United States

Library Science
Job Start Date
Application Closing Date
Manages Others
Experience Required
Degree Required
Security Clearance Required
Employment Type
Work Schedule
No Travel

Job Description
Position Announcement: Research Specialist

Linda Hall Library, the nation’s largest privately-funded research library devoted to science, engineering, and technology, is taking applications for a Research Specialist. Reporting to the Public Services Manager, the Research Specialist is responsible for the provision of specialized, in-depth, and/or mediated reference service for patrons needing advanced assistance in the use of the Library and its collections. Critical skills include flexibility and the capacity to embrace change in a dynamic and evolving organization and a facility for cross-departmental communications and cooperation.

• Provide in-depth research and reference service for patrons needing advanced assistance in the use of the Library and its collections.
• Generate research tools and finding aids to assist patrons in discovery of collection content.
• Provide on-site guidance for the Reference Assistants.
• Offer library orientation and instruction, including Library tours, for classes and other patron groups, as needed.
• Participate in collection development, circulation processes, and resolution of difficult document delivery citations, as needed.
• Other duties as required
Job Requirements

• MLS from an accredited library and information science program.
• Three to five years experience in a research library or similar setting.
• Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products, familiarity with Library of Congress classifications; knowledge of ExLibris library automation software; experience working with electronic databases.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Excellent customer service skills.
• Ability to function effectively in a team environment.
• Background in science and engineering and familiarity with at least one foreign language are desirable.