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Research Librarian at the SMFA - School of the Museum of Fine Arts
Tufts University

Date Posted Feb. 7, 2020
Title Research Librarian at the SMFA - School of the Museum of Fine Arts
University Tufts University
Boston, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Library Sciences (all categories)

Tisch Library supports three Tufts’ Schools – Arts & Sciences, Engineering, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts – providing collections, expertise, and technology-rich environments to assist the Tufts community in teaching, learning, research, and the creation and dissemination of scholarship.

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University was founded in 1876 as part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. In 1945, the SMFA began a partnership with Tufts University to offer joint degrees. This relationship continued and evolved until 2016, when the school formally became part of Tufts. This unique partnership-a major museum, a top-ranked research university, and one of the nation’s oldest art schools-has produced a legacy of creative leadership and cultural impact that endures today.

The Research and Instruction Librarian at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University serves the faculty and students by providing individualized research consultations as well as managing class visits. They meet with faculty to discuss curricula and develop specific course plans for library visits. This position serves as the Undergraduate Fine Arts Liaison to the Research and Instruction Team at Tisch Library.


Basic Requirements:
Master’s in Library or Information Science, or equivalent.
Minimum of 2 years of experience providing subject liaison services (instruction, consultation, collection development) in an academic library or other public service environment.
Relevant subject expertise related to fine arts education and studio arts/design practice. (i.e. related undergraduate or graduate degree and/or experience)
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Time management and organization skills to work independently, as well as a collaborative, cooperative disposition.
Desire to learn about user needs, recommend solutions to continuously improve library service, and create a compelling, holistic experience of the library.
Interest in and willingness to adopt the Tisch Library values of Community, Curiosity & Learning, Openness, and Social Justice.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with instructional technology and design.
Experience with a studio art practice, global contemporary art trends, and/or strong art history background.

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