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Member Profile: In Her Own Words – Barbara Kahn-Aiken

Barbara Kahn-Aiken is a Senior Research Analyst at The Coca Cola Company. On Wednesday, October 28, she and George Peckham-Rooney will talk about embedded librarianship at a Lunch and Learn program. Here’s more about Barbara:


1) How long have you been a librarian at your current employer?

I have been with The Coca-Cola Company for eight years as an associate. Prior to that, I was a contractor at Coca-Cola for five years.


2) What is your title and what are you main job responsibilities?

I am a Senior Research Analyst. I am embedded with the Industry Insights group which provides competitive intelligence to the company. We sit within the Mergers and Acquisitions group so we provide industry, category and target company information to them as well.


3) What other libraries have you worked in and what were some of your major achievements there?

I first worked at LexisNexis (in Boston) providing training to corporate clients. Then, I worked for Cadence Group at various libraries including The Coca-Cola Company. At Cadence Group, I also helped to develop, an on-demand research request tool.


4) Why did you become a librarian?

I like research – following the various paths to get the answer that I need for my client and then synthesizing all the information for them.


5) What are the challenges you see facing information professionals and special libraries today?

Staying relevant – it is a constant battle to prove that libraries and librarians do not only provide books, but can help clients in so many different ways.


6) What ideas do you have for overcoming these challenges?

I think it is important to show how libraries and information professionals can provide services and add value to the business by providing research, training and consulting. And, of course, embedded librarians can work even more closely with clients to help them see the value of information professionals.


7) What advice would you give new entrants to our profession?

Make time to learn new technologies, explore new resources and take advantage of any training opportunities.


8) When you’re not at work, what are you interests and hobbies?

When not spending time with my family and watching my kids’ athletic events, I enjoy reading, running and CrossFit.

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