Research, Instruction and Data Librarian for the Social Sciences

Posted to IASSIST on: 2012-04-05

Employer: Tufts University



The Research and Instruction Department coordinates library support for learning, teaching, and research within the School of Arts & Sciences and the School of Engineering.  Research and Instruction Librarians provide research assistance services for faculty, students, and staff, offered within the library and virtually; partner with faculty to incorporate curriculum-based research and information literacy activities into courses; design library instruction workshops for students and faculty; and develop new models and programs to support research and the educational mission of the University.

The position of Research, Instruction, and Data Librarian for the Social Sciences provides leadership and expertise in developing library services related to the discovery, use, and management of locally and externally available datasets in the social sciences; primary research and instruction librarian for the academic departments of Anthropology and Sociology; assists in supporting other social sciences departments and interdisciplinary programs; supports the use of GIS in the social sciences; provides assistance to researchers in the social sciences writing grant-required data management plans; assists with first-year library instruction and citation tools workshops;  provides general research assistance services both virtually and on the reference desk; serves on library-wide teams.


Basic Requirements:

  • Master’s of Library Science.
  • Two (2) years of related work experience.
  • Experience with library research tools relevant to the Social Sciences.
  • Experience working with and supporting students and faculty in academic departments via outreach, research assistance, and teaching; Demonstrated success integrating library services and resources into a social sciences curriculum.

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Advanced degree in the social sciences.
  • Knowledge of major quantitative software packages utilized in the social sciences such as Stata, SPSS, and SAS.
  • Knowledge of major qualitative software packages used in the social sciences such as NVivo and ATLAS.ti.
  • Knowledge surrounding the application of Geographical Information Systems and related software.
  • Knowledge of the scholarly communications process (publishing, copyright, repositories).

Special Work Schedule Requirements:

  • May be required to work one evening per week at the Reference Desk; may require occasional evening and early morning library instruction classes.  

Archived on: 2012-05-04