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Apply now Job no: 497105 Work type: Regular Full-Time Location: Chicago – Hyde Park, University of Chicago Campus, IL Capability Area: Academic Research Centers


NORC at the University of Chicago is seeking a librarian to join the Academic Research Centers and oversee the Paul B. Sheatsley Library collection.  The ideal candidate would be someone with a Masters in Library Science and experience working in smaller collections, preferably related to the social sciences.  NORC’s Library collection and services support the wide range of research conducted at NORC. At its core is an extensive collection of survey research methodology and historical monographs and periodicals; in addition, the Library holds selected materials relating to demography, education, health care administration, information technology, program evaluation, public health, social history, statistics, and vital statistics. It also maintains the NORC Archives, a repository of NORC studies dating back several decades.

The Librarian responds to internal requests for materials, preliminary or comprehensive literature searches, bibliographies, cited reference searches, citation verifications, and archived documents; and to public inquiries about NORC’s research activities. The Library’s capabilities are greatly enhanced by its access to the electronic and printed materials of and services provided by the University of Chicago Library, one of the world’s preeminent research libraries.

Due to COVID-19, this position will initially be remote, but preferably applicants will be based in our Hyde Park office when it is safe to resume office work.


The Academic Research Centers exemplify NORC’s commitment to the highest standards of academic excellence and research innovation, and to applying renowned scholarship to practical social science problems. Entrepreneurial staff help advance the Academic Research Centers’ goal of making a difference in the local community by seeking out opportunities to collaborate with local and regional governmental and service organizations. The Academic Research Centers and its wider relationship with the University of Chicago are mutually beneficial in many ways. As part of a learning culture, interinstitutional and intergenerational project teams enrich learning, scholarship, and discovery. In particular, graduate research assistants at NORC have the tremendous opportunity to apply in practical settings what they have learned in the abstract. This next generation of social scientists works with experts in various fields and disciplines to conduct world-class empirical research, and NORC benefits from their fresh perspectives, energy, and insights.

  • Oversees and/or performs the following library activities: acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, collection development, and reference.
  • Conducts literature searches (preliminary to comprehensive) and/or provides related consultations for NORC proposals, projects, and internal research initiatives; and compiles bibliographies in reference managers.
  • Supplies electronic or print formatted articles, books, reports, and other materials available from NORC’s Library, the UChicago Library, gray literature and data repositories, interlibrary loan, and websites.
  • Presents one-on-one or group orientations and Library instruction on specific topics.
  • Initiates and implements enhancements to facilitate NORC research capabilities and library visibility, maintains and updates the Library’s intranet pages, trains and supervises library staff, and monitors and orders library supplies and equipment.
  • Compiles statistical and other reports that document the Library’s activities.
  • Serves as a contact for the Library’s ILS vendor (SirsiDynix), UC Library, NORC project and special interest groups, and ILL requests received via ILLINET.
  • Master of Library Science (MLS) or Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) or equivalent.
  • At least 5 years’ professional experience working in the library field, preferably a research library, including experience working with library automation systems, online research databases, and providing reference service.
  • Ability to work independently, cooperatively, and effectively on multiple assignments.
  • Strong oral and written communication, cataloging, and archiving skills.
  • Background in social science research and methods preferred.
  • Prior experience conducting complex literature searches (preliminary through comprehensive) in bibliographic databases and other resources on a wide variety of topics in diverse subject areas.
  • Software: Microsoft Office (esp., Excel, Word, Outlook, PowerPoint); EndNote and other reference managers (e.g., Zotero, Mendeley); OCLC’s cataloging utility (available from ILLINET).
  • Knowledge of systematic reviews, its protocols and software (e.g., Covidence), and other review types.
  • Familiarity with current knowledge management practices and their implementation.
  • Prior experience with EOS.Web—its OPAC and technical services modules—is a plus.
  • Optional: Experience using the University of Chicago Library and its e-subscription resources a plus.

NORC at the University of Chicago is an objective, non-partisan research institution that delivers reliable data and rigorous analysis to guide critical programmatic, business, and policy decisions. Since 1941, our teams have conducted groundbreaking studies, created and applied innovative methods and tools, and advanced principles of scientific integrity and collaboration. Today, government, corporate, and nonprofit clients around the world partner with us to transform increasingly complex information into useful knowledge.


For over 75 years, NORC has evolved in many ways, moving the needle with research methods, technical applications and groundbreaking research findings. But our tradition of excellence, passion for innovation, and commitment to collegiality have remained constant components of who we are as a brand, and who each of us is as a member of the NORC team. With world-class benefits, a business casual environment, and an emphasis on continuous learning, NORC is a place where people join for the stellar research and analysis work for which we’re known, and stay for the relationships they form with their colleagues who take pride in the impact their work is making on a global scale.


NORC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. NORC evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally- protected characteristics.


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