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Job ID: 192417

Research Librarian for Social Sciences
Tufts University

Date Posted Aug. 17, 2022
Title Research Librarian for Social Sciences
University Tufts University
Somerville, MA, United States
Department Tufts University
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Library


The Research & Learning division at Tufts University’s Tisch Library seeks an innovative and collaborative colleague to join us as Research Librarian for the Social Sciences and continue our growth within the context of our strategic framework. The person in this role will contribute to the development of the Collections & Liaison Services Department, which, along with the User Experience & Student Success and Digital Scholarship departments, make up the division.


The Collections and Liaison Services Department supports the research needs of Tufts Arts & Sciences and Engineering (AS&E) academic departments, fostering a culture of information fluency and targeting outreach for patrons with advanced research projects. To further this work, we are seeking a colleague who can complement, strengthen, and expand partnerships across the library and the university to address barriers that limit access to services, collections, programs, and spaces as Tufts strives to become an anti-racist institution.

What You'll Do

This full-time, full-year position is hybrid and includes work that can be done remotely as well as work that must be done on-site (e.g. classroom instruction and other programming, training, and collaboration). The person in this role is expected to commute to campus as needed.


The Research Librarian for the Social Sciences builds deep connections with their assigned academic departments, aligning outreach, instruction, consultation, and collection development with the evolving needs of those departments. The person in this role will partner with faculty and students to ensure that they make the best possible use of our skills, services, and collections, and will lead the improvement and expansion of library offerings based on assessed unmet needs. This person’s liaison areas will include the Department of Political Science and the International Relations Program, among other assigned departments/programs. The position will also focus on collections curation work, including some work on government documents.


This position is open to both early-career professionals and mid-career professionals. We welcome applications from candidates that meet our minimum requirements, and we encourage you to speak to your experience and knowledge—including in positions outside of libraries—and tell us how it may connect to some of the preferred qualifications for this position.

What We're Looking For

Basic Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills as typically acquired by a Master's degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent.   
  • Relevant subject expertise related to Political Science and International Relations (e.g., related undergraduate or graduate degree and/or experience supporting those disciplines.)  
  • Desire to learn about patron needs, recommend solutions to continuously improve library service, and create a compelling, holistic experience of the library.  
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment as well as take initiative on independent projects.  
  • Interest in and willingness to adopt the Tisch Library values of Community, Curiosity & Learning, Openness, and Social Justice.  

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Minimum of two years experience providing subject liaison services (instruction, consultation, collection development) in an academic library or other public service environment.  
  • Experience with large-scale collections review projects.  
  • Knowledge, awareness, and/or experience working with government documents collections.
  • Experience leading peers in project or committee work.
  • Some digital humanities and/or statistical software and methodology experience.

Candidates who are invited to interview with the search committee will be asked to provide a diversity statement in advance of that meeting. 




An employee in this position must complete all appropriate background checks at the time of hire, promotion, or transfer.

Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/females/veterans/disability/sexual orientation/gender identity.

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