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Boston, Massachusetts
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Position type:
Full Time
Experience level:
2 - 5 years
Education level:
Bachelor's Degree

Information Research Specialist



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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. 


Additional 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.


Additional Information


Our expectations are that employees of HBS adhere to and represent our Community Values.  They are: 


  • Respect for the rights,      differences, and dignity of others
  • Honesty and integrity in dealing with all      members of the community
  • Accountability for personal behavior


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