Research Librarian

Employer
Underwriters Laboratories Inc.
Location
Illinois, United States
Salary
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Nov 30, 2021

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Position Type
Executive, Other Executive
Employment Level
Executive
Employment Type
Full Time
At UL, we know why we come to work.

We are endlessly curious and wake up every day with a common purpose: to make the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place. Underwriters Laboratories is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the UL public safety mission through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop independent standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. Our work makes a meaningful contribution to society, and we are proud that our culture is centered on integrity, collaboration, inclusion, and excellence.

To learn more, visit ul.org.

 

UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law. 

 

The office of the Chief Research Officer at Underwriters Laboratories Inc. seeks a collaborative life-long learner and forward-thinking Research Science Librarian and Information Services professional.

 

The successful candidate will possess both the training and expertise needed to inform, develop, and deliver an inaugural Library and Information Services program within an aggressive timeline that delivers a new resource that will engage with and support the research, data, and related needs of multiple safety science institutes. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a dedicated team to build and sustain a bespoke resource that will advance the safety-science mission of Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

What you’ll learn & achieve:
  • Assess needed components, develop and oversee associated budget, present and gain consensus with key stakeholders that will enable the build out of a valued Research Library Information Services Program
  • Identify and establish partnerships with relevant vendors, subscriptions and/or consulting resources as research demands necessitate
  • Curate and develop collections of resources and tools that proactively provide intellectual material to researchers and enterprise leaders
  • Create and develop the program so it is effectively scoped and positioned for growth and expansion
  • Serve as a research consultant and provide information literacy and instruction services
  • Provide subject-specific information and data in support of the varied needs of multiple research institutes
  • Embrace and leverage diverse knowledge sets to the betterment of the program, users, and across the Underwriters Laboratories enterprise
  • Serve as a subject matter expert on understanding and providing intelligence in support of government requests for information, notices of funding opportunities, and policy related processes
  • Aggressively stays abreast of developments in science publishing and open science tools and facilitate early adoption of new tools and technology
  • Develop and maintain library guides and/or other digital or physical instructional materials to support research institutes
  • Provide research assistance and reference services to others as needed, especially in support of communications and strategic positioning functions
  • Successfully engage with institutes, companies, and universities library and information services programs to stay informed, connected, and best positioned to act on new technologies and tools within the Library Sciences market space
  • Manage all aspects of information-related research workflow tools and resources
  • Performs other duties as assigned
  • UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law. 

     

 

What makes you a great fit:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, or equivalent, from an American Library Association accredited program
  • 8+ years of increased work experiences within the Library Science environment including a focus on science-, technology-, and engineering-related resources
  • Experienced in library services and a passionate focus on furthering all users access to qualified data, knowledge, and technical information that delivers collective success
  • Experienced in successfully navigating government requests for information, notices of funding opportunities, and policy related processes

 

Preferred Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent project management skills
  • Serve as a visionary and operational expert; experienced in delivering program objectives
  • Demonstrated research and search skills that are in alignment with the MLA statement on expert search techniques
  • Skilled in managing both matrix and direct personnel relationships to optimize program deliverables while creating growth and increased knowledge access for self and other stakeholders
  • Creates and fosters an environment that supports equity and diversity in both users and information provided.
  • Superior communication skills; verbal, written, and interpersonal
  • Ability to work with kindness and serve as a valued resource for multiple internal customers and research institutes
  • Commitment to providing supportive and innovative services to a diverse work community
  • Comfort with ambiguity at the outset of a period of rapid growth
What you’ll experience working at UL:
  • Mission: For Underwriters Laboratories, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 127 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any Underwriters Laboratories employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at Underwriters Laboratories. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.
  • Total Rewards: All employees at Underwriters Laboratories are eligible for bonus compensation. Underwriters Laboratories offers a generous 401k matching structure of up to 5% of eligible pay. Additionally, we invest an additional 4% into your retirement saving fund after your first year of continuous employment. We provide Healthcare Reimbursement Accounts and Health Savings Accounts that Underwriters Laboratories contributes to twice per year! Depending on your role, you can work with your manager on flexible working arrangements. We also provide employees with paid time off including vacation, holiday, sick and volunteer time off.
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Working at Underwriters Laboratories is an exciting journey that twists and turns daily. We thrive in the twists and revel in the turns. This is our every day. This is our normal.

 

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UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law.

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