• Full Time
  • Dublin, OH
  • Salary: competitive

Website OCLC

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The Job Details are as follows:

Discover.  Innovate.  Collaborate.  Inform. A few words we use to describe a career at OCLC.

Technology with a Purpose. OCLC supports thousands of libraries in making information more accessible and more useful to people around the world.  OCLC provides shared technology services, original research and community programs that help libraries meet the ever-evolving needs of their users, institutions and communities.  With office locations around the globe, OCLC employees are dedicated to offering premier services and software to help libraries cut costs while keeping pace with the demands of our information-driven society.

As a member of the user behavior research activity area, the Associate Research Scientist will work with the research team on all aspects of quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis. The major responsibility is conducting and disseminating quantitative research, such as developing and administering online questionnaires, analyzing data using descriptive, parametric, and non-parametric statistical methods, and modeling using data analysis programs, such as R and SPSS.  Disseminating oral and written research findings, including visualizations is required. Responsibilities also include user-centered data mining activities, such as analyzing log files from WorldCat and other institutional databases and catalogs in order to identify search and retrieval patterns to make recommendations for product enhancement and development. Working with the research and product teams, the Associate Research Scientist also will make recommendations, develop, and test user-centered OCLC interfaces, products, and services. Leading and participating in qualitative research is an opportunity, but not a requirement.

Associate Research Scientists are expected to propose, design, execute, and disseminate research. To achieve this, it is necessary to maintain familiarity with the literature in their domain of expertise, acquire and demonstrate understanding of new domains relevant to their work, and bring these skills to bear through the scholarly publication process, which includes public presentation of research results at conferences and workshops, and through OCLC products and services. Production of proof-of-concept software and participation in open source software projects are alternative and complementary means of sharing research outcomes internally with OCLC and externally with the community at large. Associate Research Scientists are expected to work with existing teams and build new teams internally and externally as needed to further their research. Associate Research Scientists must be able to communicate with a diverse range of people with varying backgrounds and perspectives and promote common understanding and consensus about the role of libraries and information professionals in relation to the larger technical community. Associate Research Scientists must support OCLC’s role as a change agent that assists librarians and information professionals in managing scarce resources in a rapidly changing, diverse environment.

Major Responsibilities:

Initiate, conduct, and complete self-directed research initiatives to support corporate, division, and member goals and projects that are responsive to the needs, interests, and current trends of the library and information communities
Manage projects and meet project, publication, and presentation deadlines
Prepare, present, and disseminate research findings by publishing in professional, juried journals and developing papers and presentations for professional conferences and meetings
Mentor research assistants and interns and supervise and review their work
Prepare and submit grant proposals to fund original research

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. Library & Information Science, Computer Science, Informatics, Engineering, Human-Computer Interaction, Cognitive Psychology, Social Science, or related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience
3 years of research experience, including doctoral research, if applicable
Demonstrated knowledge and experience of quantitative research methods and the ability to analyze and synthesize quantitative data and information
Expertise in quantitative and qualitative data analysis programs, i.e., R, SPSS
Experience with Microsoft Office and database software
Demonstrated ability to participate and communicate in virtual and face-to-face team environments
Superior written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
Self-motivated and able to work independently and to prioritize projects
Project management skills
Knowledge and expertise using social media professionally and to promote research
Ability to understand and communicate with technical staff

Desirable but not Required:

Knowledge of qualitative research methods and the ability to analyze and synthesize qualitative data and information
Experience with Microsoft Office, database, and computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software, i.e., NVivo, Qualtrics, etc.
Publications in professional journals and conference proceedings
Computer analysis and systems design experience
Proficiency in one or more non-English languages
Proficiency in one or more programming languages, e.g., Java, C++
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