Librarian (Remote)

Rockville , MD
Aug 06, 2022
Aug 11, 2022
Analyst, Research
Full Time
Westat is an employee-owned corporation providing research services to agencies of the U.S. Government, as well as businesses, foundations, and state and local governments. Westat's research, technical, and administrative staff of more than 2,000 is located at our headquarters in Rockville, Maryland, near Washington, DC.

Westat is committed to building a diverse workforce and a culture of inclusivity, belonging and equity for all. We believe that our greatest strength draws on the different backgrounds, cultures, perspectives and experiences of our employees.

Job Summary: 
Westat is seeking an experienced research librarian who will provide literature search services and other in-depth research to internal and external clients. The Librarian reports directly to the Research Services Manager and works with other staff to complete research requests in a timely, professional, and cost-effective manner. 

This is a full-time position that is remote eligible within the United States. A remote hire requires the ability of the candidate to work collaboratively, multitask, and meet deadlines during standard business hours.

Job Responsibilities: 
•    Conduct detailed literature searches for literature reviews and complex research requests 
•    Formulate and implement complex search strategies; adapt searches to various research databases; conduct iterative searches; and document search methodologies, both independently and in collaboration with other librarians.
•    Work with requestors to clarify research objectives, as necessary, and to guide requestors on best practices for literature reviews and other research needs. 
•    Summarize and synthesize findings and place findings in context.
•    Manage search results and maintain bibliographic management databases.
•    Communicate progress directly to requestors in a clear, concise, and timely manner
•    Work collaboratively with peers as well as independently to provide expert, seamless service and to follow research assignments through to completion. 
•    Conduct orientation sessions and offer effective training in the use of research tools.
•    Provide guidance on copyright compliance and technical services activities. 
•    Other special projects, as assigned 

Basic Qualifications: 
•    A Master of Library Science from an ALA-accredited school. 
•    Minimum of 5 years of professional searching experience in a research library environment. 
•    Excellent research skills with extensive experience conducting literature review searches 
•    Substantive knowledge of the literature review process and bibliographic management. 

Preferred Qualifications: 
•    Expertise with developing, executing, and documenting sound literature search strategies in research databases, including PubMed, ProQuest, CINAHL, Ovid, etc. 
•    Experience conducting iterative searches in various subject areas (e.g., behavioral and public health, social sciences, education) for both published and grey literature.
•    Ability to communicate effectively with requestors to understand, guide, and meet their research needs.
•    Experience managing search results and advanced knowledge of bibliographic software concepts. 
•    Capability to develop promotional and training materials and to conduct effective training. 
•    Knowledge of copyright, integrated library systems, and technical services. 

Minimum Qualifications: 
•    Strong analytic, organization, time management, problem solving, self-motivation, and communication skills
•    Customer service orientation, flexibility, and demonstrated ability to collaborate in a team-based environment.
•    Proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
•    Excellent attention to detail and analytical skills. 
•    Ability to think creatively, problem solve, multitask, and reprioritize as necessary to meet competing deadlines while maintaining expert service.

Westat offers a well-rounded and comprehensive benefits program focused on wellness and work/life balance. Eligible employees may participate in:
  • Employee Stock Ownership Plan
  • 401(k) Retirement Plan
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Holiday Leave
  • Professional Development
  • Health Advocate
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Travel Accident Insurance
  • Medical Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Short Term Disability Insurance
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Health Savings Account

Protecting the health and safety of our employees and survey participants is a top priority for Westat. As a federal government contractor, Westat will require Westat staff, regardless of work location, to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon hire and to follow all safety protocols, subject to approved accommodations under applicable law.

Westat is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, or any other protected status under applicable law.

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