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Research & Instruction Librarian - Hirsh Health Sciences Library, School of Medicine
Tufts in Boston, Massachusetts
Date Posted 01/08/2022
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled

Research & Instruction Librarian - Hirsh Health Sciences Library, School of Medicine - (21002133)



The Research & Instruction Department (R&I) of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library is responsible for providing and developing services to meet the information needs of the staff, students, and faculty of the Health Sciences Campus. The campus is comprised of the Tufts University School of Medicine, the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Public Health and Professional Degree Programs, the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA), and Tufts Medical Center. In addition, the Library serves the clinical faculty and students of affiliate teaching hospitals. The Department’s major activities are education, reference, online and print information delivery, circulation, and reserves.

The Research & Instruction Librarian is responsible for coordinating and providing specialized information services to students, researchers, and clinicians. This position reports to the Head of Research & Instruction and serves as the R&I team liaison to the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, coordinating instruction and outreach for DMD and postdoctoral students, General Practice Residents, and with other departments as needed. The successful candidate will further develop existing programs that deliver library support to meet the information needs of the Tufts Health Sciences community, as well as explore new opportunities for outreach, consultation, training, and current awareness.  This librarian will keep abreast of trends in dentistry and dental education, and make collection development recommendations in those subject areas to the Head of Collections Management.  This librarian will coordinate with other members of the Library staff to develop, enhance, and integrate methods for assessing library services and instructional sessions into existing workflows. As a member of the R&I team, this librarian will share in Library Service Desk duties, participate in group and individual instruction, serve on Tufts University library committees, and is expected to be professionally active.




Basic Requirements:

  • Minimum 3-5 years’ experience working in an academic library
  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Demonstrated ability to search scientific literature databases (such as Medline, Web of Science, Embase)
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated teaching ability
  • Ability to communicate with diverse staff and user groups and at all levels of technical ability and scientific literacy
  • Familiarity with word processing and presentation tools

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Experience working in a medical or health sciences library, particularly in support of a DMD-granting program
  • Undergraduate subject credentials in biology, chemistry, or health sciences
  • Undergraduate or graduate credentials in education
  • Experience with instructional technology or design
  • Familiar with common library technologies, such as chat reference and library resource guides
  • Strong commitment to outstanding public service, flexibility, initiative, creativity and enthusiasm for teaching and working collaboratively
  • Desire to learn user needs and recommend solutions to improve library service
  • Experience with formal or informal library assessment models
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and a variety of presentation tools


Special Work Schedule Requirements:

This is an exempt position--occasional evenings, weekends, on call, and rotating shifts may be necessary to meet campus events and department needs.

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.


Primary Location
: United States-Massachusetts-Boston
: Library
: Health Sciences Library
Employee Status
: Regular 
: Full-time
Job Posting
: Jan 7, 2022, 4:43:40 PM
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