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Research Librarian for the Social Sciences - Tisch Library
Tufts University

Date Posted Jan. 31, 2020
Title Research Librarian for the Social Sciences - Tisch Library
University Tufts University
Medford\/Somerville, MA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Library Sciences (all categories)
    Social Sciences - General

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 Collections & Liaison Services Department supports the research needs of the majority of the Tufts Arts & Sciences and Engineering academic departments, fostering a culture of information fluency and targeting outreach for patrons with advanced research projects. We collaboratively deliver a liaison program that supports the scholarly life of Tufts AS&E students and faculty, in close partnership with those faculty, through instruction, research consultations, and collection development.

The Research Librarian for the Social Sciences builds deep connections with their liaison academic departments, aligning our outreach, instruction, consultation, and collection development to the evolving needs of those departments. This position not only partners with faculty and students in their liaison departments to ensure they are making the best possible use of our skills, services, and collections, but also leads improvement and expansion of library offerings based on assessed unmet needs. The Research Librarian for the Social Sciences liaison areas will include the Departments of Child Study & Human Development, Education, and Psychology. This position will have an additional focus on data support, backed up by the Digital Scholarship Department and the Tufts Technology Services Data Lab.


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 liaison departments (i.e. related undergraduate or graduate degree and/or experience supporting those disciplines)
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
Time management and organization skills to work independently, as well as a collaborative, cooperative instinct.
Desire to learn about patron 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 large-scale collections review projects.
Some digital humanities and/or statistical software and methodology experience.

Special Work Schedule Requirements:
This position is Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 5:00pm, with occasional evening and weekend classes or events.

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