Three Research Librarians

  • Post Date:February 4, 2020
  • Apply Before: April 3, 2020
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    Employer Name Tisch Library, Tufts University
Job Description

The recently reorganized Research & Learning unit at Tufts University’s Tisch Library seeks THREE Research Librarians as part of our growth in support of a new strategic plan.

All three positions will contribute to the efforts of the newly established Collections & Liaison Services Department, which along with User Experience & Student Success and Digital Scholarship comprise the Research & Learning unit.

Research Librarian for the Humanities

Research Librarian for the Social Sciences

Research Librarian for the Sciences

Successful candidates will:

•Create deep, meaningful relationships with assigned liaison academic departments, building understanding of the scholarly needs of both department faculty and students.

•Spend significant time outside the library attending and contributing to relevant campus and department events, with discretion to experiment and embed library service in support of patron need where and how it is most effective.

•Support individual faculty research projects and assignment design, and advocate for departmental curriculum reviews in hopes of offering more integrated, scaffolded, and impactful information fluency instruction.

•Propose and lead new experimental efforts to offer instruction beyond one-shot sessions (e.g. credit-bearing courses as part of the Tufts Experimental College, train-the-trainer workshops for faculty, multi-part retreats for thesis writers), focused on outreach and support for patrons with advanced research projects.

•Build excellent collections in support of Tufts’ goals to be both student-centered and research-focused, including monograph selection, approval plan management, and database trials and analysis.

•As part of the Collections & Liaison Services Department, help establish clear collections priorities, aligning them with the research and learning needs of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, and increasing and elevating collections from historically underrepresented voices.

•As part of the Collections & Liaison Services Department, plan, sequence, and help lead a number of collections review projects, moving towards sustainable collection curation.

•Teach meaningful, engaging instruction sessions and offer individual research consultations that support both immediate student need and transferrable skills for students’ information lives outside and beyond Tufts.

•Design and maintain instruction materials (e.g. research guides, websites, tutorials, handouts and exercises) that effectively synthesize and demonstrate complex topics, and that provide additional opportunities for self-guided learning.

•Collaborate closely with colleagues across the Research & Learning unit to co-teach, to offer effective referrals, and in support of our cross-department work.


Research Librarian for the Humanities liaison areas will include the Departments of History, English, and Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora. This position will have an additional focus on collections curation work.

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.

Research Librarian for the Sciences liaison areas will include the Departments of Community Health, Occupational Therapy, Biology, and Chemistry. This position will have an additional focus of offering some back-up support for School of Engineering departments.

Salary Range:
$54,400-$81,700