Jane B. Waks

82 Montclair Ave.
Waltham MA 02451-3067
A team-oriented position where I can contribute my skills at research, data organization, and management to information projects, such as knowledge management and/or a corporate library.  

1989-2000, 2001 -  Librarian, Concepts NREC (formerly Northern Research & Engineering Corp., subsidiary of Ingersoll-Rand), Woburn MA and Wilder VT

As solo librarian for turbomachinery R&D firm with two locations, manage all facets of library and information services.

  • Deliver in-depth research, quick reference, and custom tailored information packages, using Dialog, Internet and conventional data sources.  Initiate current awareness programs, and proactively provide project resources in support of all departments, from mechanical engineering to marketing. Conduct bibliographic instruction sessions for library patrons.
  • Design, create, and maintain internal website for ISO-9001 documentation.  Proofread and edit ISO documents for consistent grammar and formatting.
  • Acquire and manage electronic and print materials, including standards and specifications, books, CD-ROMs, competitor files, corporate archive, and Web services.  Create MS-Access and Excel based catalogs and authority lists, and other indices.  Set budget, maintain accounts and handle vendor contracts.
  • Special projects have included creating an interdepartmental competitive intelligence file, researching a disaster recovery plan, establishing topical files of articles, and recommending and approving NREC’s first Internet service provider and web host.
  • Facility Security Officer 1991 – 2000.  Supervised Defense Industrial Security program including personnel clearances and control of classified documents.  Held clearance commensurate with facility (OODEP).
2001 - present
Freelance Proofreader, Baen Books, NY

Proofreading novels and short fiction for grammar, typography, and consistent content.

2000 - 2001 Content Producer/Information Scientist, Fact City, Inc., Waltham MA

  • Researched and analyzed potential data partners for Fact City's query engine.  Defined and documented requirements for answer presentations from individual data sets, creating specifications and project plans. 
  • Created search terms for content, anticipating users' information-seeking behavior.  Authored metadata and content modules using XML.  Defined taxonomy of Fact City content, and classified data sets and components according to hierarchical structure.

1985 - 1988 Librarian, The Health Data Institute, Baxter Healthcare Corp., Lexington MA

Created and organized corporate library for rapidly growing healthcare management consulting firm.  Established core collection and facility design. Provided ready reference service and in-depth research.  Administered cataloging, acquisitions, and budget.  Designed and executed online searches using Medline and Dialog.  Managed print and tape libraries. 

Contract, Part Time, and Volunteer Work Experience:

Reference Librarian, Pine Manor College, Chestnut Hill MA 1989
    Assisted student and faculty patrons in using library facility and collections.
OCLC/Cataloging Assistant for Retrospective Conversion, Emerson College Library, Boston MA 1984-1985
    Reconciliation of Emerson College's card catalog against OCLC records.
Cataloging Assistant, Special Projects, Winchester Public Library, Winchester MA   1989
    Processed new books and discards.
Library Assistant, Wellesley College Library, Wellesley MA 1980-1984
    Circulation assistance, interlibrary loans, evening security, and shelving.
Stage Manager, Carolingian Mummers' Guild, Boston MA  1994-present
    Prompting, cueing, sound and light effects, and props for community theatre productions.


M.L.S., Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Boston MA,  1985

B.A., Wellesley College, Wellesley MA,  1984

Software experience:

Proficient in:  Dialog (Classic and Web), Microsoft Office suite (Word, Access, Excel), Netscape Communicator suite (Navigator, Composer), Internet search tools and browsers, Emacs, HTML.

Additional experience: XML, Lotus Notes, OCLC system, RapidSQL, Embarcadero ER Studio, Visio, HTML Pro, Front Page, dBase III and IV


Special Libraries Association
New England Historical Genealogical Society
Society for Creative Anachronism

References available on request.