147 SPEC Kit 355: Campus-wide Entrepreneurship
UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY LIBRARIES
Business Research Position
Business Researcher Position
The UK Libraries Reference Department has a student position available as a Business researcher. The
position is funded by the Kentucky Small Business Development Center and would consist of doing
secondary market research for KSBDC counselors to use with their entrepreneurial clients. KSBDC is a
non-profit organization that helps entrepreneurs start businesses or change existing ones.
The research usually involves searching in UK’s business databases and other resources for articles and
reports that would help the entrepreneurs. The researcher would then write up a short synopsis of
what he or she found for the counselor to use with the client. The topics vary widely -- from very high
tech -- like nanotechnology companies to very mundane -- like a bicycle shop or a liquor store. It's
usually pretty interesting and the researcher would get a lot of experience working with business
databases -- which is very helpful if you want to work in an academic or corporate library.
The person filling this position does not necessarily need to have a business background just good
researching and writing skills, an ability to work independently, and a willingness to learn. Creativity,
flexibility, and persistence would also be good qualities to have. The position is for 20 hours per week
and pays $8.80 per hour. Though the pay is low, it is great experience and looks good on a resume.
Several people who have had this position in the past are working as Academic Librarians at research
universities.
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