Senior Research Librarian

Payroll Title: UCP VII
Class Code: 0761-9087
Job Family: TLR
FLSA Code: E
Score: 556


Under the general direction of designated supervisor, works with clients who request public opinion survey data, researches such data and responds to client requests.


Incumbents in this position are expected to have advanced skills and independently work on the more complex projects.  They are expected to have a good understanding of social science research and will work with a variety of clients to clarify requests and interpret data.


  1. Conducts complex archive searches for requisite information relevant to research community request, using computer-based retrieval system and other archival search procedures to identify relevant data; extracts pertinent data; edits and transcribes data from original sources; locates missing vital descriptive statistics and background information; documents data using standardized procedures; arranges data in logical order.
  2. Communicates with research personnel in client organizations such as business, government, universities, the press, etc. concerning their public opinion data needs and assists clients in defining their requests and interpreting information; corresponds with users concerning their requests.
  3. Prepares comprehensive summary reports of pertinent data, as necessary to meet research requests; determines which data is most important to include and which is unnecessary.
  4. Assists in the design and maintenance of public opinion library data base on which research searches depend; reviews contents of study or survey to determine which data, how much data and in which form data should be included in data base, based on knowledge of research concerns and strategies of inquiry
  5. Answers questions from potential clients about resources and services of the Roper Center.
  6. Directs the work of graduate student assistants and other assistants involved in servicing user requests.
  7. Estimates amount of information, time needed and cost factors for prospective searches.
  8. Maintains appropriate files, indexes, logs and other data pertinent to archive searches.
  9. Performs related duties as required.


  1. Master’s degree, preferably in Social Science, or equivalent combination of education and experience in related field
  2. Four or more years experience and extensive training in public opinion research, archival collections and information retrieval, which demonstrates an understanding of the nature of public opinion and survey procedures and of social science research.
  3. Extensive knowledge of information retrieval systems
  4. Ability to detect and independently resolve difficult problems.
  5. Ability to effectively work with a variety of clients.

Date Created: 6/28/1985
Date Scored: 3/20/1985