Research Assistantship

“Research for librarianship: A study of Canadian iSchool faculty output”

Position title
Research Assistant

The objective of this research is to determine to what extent library and information sciences (LIS) faculty research in Canada is related to librarians or the practice of librarianship. The research also examines in which topic areas LIS faculty are publishing. The study is a content analysis of journal articles published by current faculty at all 8 Canadian LIS schools in the 10-year period between 2008 and 2017. In 2014, we completed data collection and analysis of papers from 2008 to 2012. Using the same methodology, we will undertake a content analysis of the literature from 2013 to 2017 and combine the data sets to provide a portrait of the 10-
year period.

Duration of work
We are seeking to hire one part-time research assistant for the project for an average of 12 hours per week for 12 weeks. The position is available in May 2018 and is expected to last through August 2018.

Location of work
Work may be done remotely at the candidate’s location of choice using their own computer and internet connection. There is an option to work on site at Concordia University Webster Library for a candidate located in Montreal.

The research assistant will be primarily responsible for data gathering and coding of bibliographic records. The research assistant will, under the guidance of the researchers, conduct literature searches and export results into Zotero. The bulk of the work will entail
coding approximately 300 journal articles as part of a content analysis. Additional responsibilities include assisting with project management and logistics, and attending virtual project meetings via Skype or Zoom.

Position requirements

  • Current master’s student in a library and information studies program in Canada
  • Excellent written and communication skills in English
  • Literature searching skills on a variety of platforms, including ProQuest
  • Proficient in Excel and Google spreadsheet
  • Experience using Zotero for managing bibliographic records
  • Motivated to work independently

Other qualifying skills or knowledge

  • Interest in content analysis and research methods in LIS
  • Working knowledge of French is an asset

$18.72 per hour for a student at the master’s level
These rates include 4% vacation pay and follow compensation guidelines for TRAC student research assistants

Applicants are invited to send a cover letter and resume as a single PDF file to Lorie Kloda, We will begin reviewing applications on April 30, 2018.

We thank all applicants. Only selected applicants will be contacted.

RA posting 2018 Canadian LIS Research

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