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Online Learning Librarian, Tufts University, MA


The Research & Learning unit at Tufts University’s Tisch Library seeks an innovative and collaborative colleague for the position of Online Learning Librarian to continue our growth within the context of a new strategic plan. This position will contribute to the development of the User Experience & Student Success Department, which, along with the Collections & Liaison Services and Digital Scholarship departments, make up the Research & Learning unit. 

The User Experience & Student Success Department leads Tisch Library in building expertise in online learning, user experience enhancement and usability, first-year instruction, and outreach to underrepresented populations. The work of this department includes: developing and supporting online learning objects and online services for all Tufts learners; providing leadership and direction for the website and LibGuides platform; designing usability testing for and assessing the user’s experience of virtual and physical spaces and services; and designing, developing, and implementing innovative programming for first-year instruction and outreach to underrepresented and marginalized populations as part of our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. To further this work, we are seeking a colleague who can complement, strengthen, and expand partnerships across library departments and with colleagues across the university to address barriers that limit access to library services, collections, programs, and spaces as Tufts strives to become an anti-racist institution

A successful candidate will:

  • Design innovative learning experiences that enable student success with digital literacy, research, and technical library skills.
  • Collaborate cross-functionally with librarians and other key campus partners to develop online learning experiences to support information and digital literacy and incorporate them into the university’s online learning environment.  
  • Demonstrate awareness and understanding of the needs of a diverse student population through inclusive learning experience design and practices.
  • Develop workflows and documentation for the planning, design, implementation, and maintenance of a broad range of digital teaching and learning objects
  • Consult with members of the Research & Learning unit and other library staff to apply the principles of instructional design to library learning experiences within the context of accessibility and learner-centered pedagogy. 
  • Participate in the formal assessment of Tisch Library’s academic and learning services and spaces to enhance student learning outcomes.
  • Participate in planning and assessing online and face-to-face services and learning spaces for Tisch Library, particularly within the context of addressing barriers that limit access to library services, collections, programs, and spaces.
  • Serve as a liaison to assigned academic departments, participate in the first-year instruction program, lead information literacy instruction sessions, and provide research consultations. 

Minimum Requirements:

  • Knowledge and skills are typically acquired through a Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent, three years of academic library experience, and two years of experience designing digital learning objects and using instructional technologies to deliver online and in-person library instruction in an academic library or other public service environment.
  • Familiarity with best practices in higher education teaching, learning, and assessment and the associated technologies that impact student research, learning, and library engagement behaviors.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. 
  • Strong commitment to outstanding public service. Desire to learn user needs, recommend solutions to continuously improve library service, and create a compelling, holistic user experience of the library.
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment as well as take initiative on independent projects. 


  • Experience teaching in an academic library or higher education setting.
  • Experience with or formal coursework in the fundamental principles of instructional design and accessibility.
  • Experience in the systematic design of instruction for online and blended/hybrid courses.
  • Experience with and enthusiasm for exploring new learning technologies, online learning approaches, and online teaching practices.

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


This position will report to the Head of User Experience & Student Success.

Hiring Range:

This position will be hired at the rank of either Assistant or Associate Librarian, with a salary range of $60,000-$75,000.

About Tisch Library:

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.

About Tufts University:

Tufts is a student-centered research university dedicated to the creation and application of knowledge. We are committed to providing transformational experiences for students and faculty in an inclusive and collaborative environment where creative scholars generate bold ideas, innovate in the face of complex challenges and distinguish themselves as active citizens of the world.

How to Apply:

Please submit a Cover Letter and CV/Resume at: