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Collections Access Librarian, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

The Summary

Lesley seeks an innovative and collaborative Collections Access Librarian who will assess and maintain library collections in support of learning, teaching, and research in alignment with university priorities. 

As part of the library team, the librarian participates in general library instruction, research assistance, assessment activities and other university initiatives as assigned.

Essential Functions

Research & Instruction

  • Offers research support to Lesley students, faculty, and staff both in-person and virtually, through library desk coverage and virtual chat coverage, as part of a rotating schedule among librarians.
  • Meet with students one-on-one for research consultations, during pre-scheduled reference shifts.
  • Visit Lesley classes, both in-person and virtually, to teach students information literacy lessons and advanced research methods.
  • Collaborate with library colleagues to design online digital resources and services that may include filming and editing video tutorials, designing and editing engaging research guide web pages, and participation in the library-wide instructional design of online learning tools.
  • Attend curriculum committee meetings in one of Lesley University’s 4 schools and work with School administration to identify the most crucial courses for an embedded librarian lesson.

Outreach & Collection Development

  • Serve as the liaison to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), Lesley’s undergraduate liberal arts school, performing outreach and trainings for faculty and advertising library services and new resources.
  • Collect, evaluate, and refresh print and digital resources that support the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) curriculum.

Public Services & University Service

  • Responsible for desk coverage and/or virtual reference shifts as part of a rotating schedule that may include occasional night/weekend shifts.
  • Participate in library staff meetings and committees, and represent the library on University committees as assigned.

In addition to the shared librarian responsibilities above, this position will be uniquely responsible for:

  • Planning and implementing projects related to collection development, assessment, and weeding, collaborating with or directing the work of other library staff on such projects. Developing continued, regular procedures and workflows for collection refreshment and stack maintenance.
  • Assisting Library leadership in developing policies and procedures related to development of, and access to, the Library’s collections, with emphasis on the print collections, equitable access, and consistent application of borrowing privileges and procedure (across libraries and for distance students).
  • Leading overall assessment initiatives related to collections and borrowing, working closely with the Systems Librarian on data and reporting needs for assessment. Providing input on data collection related to collections and borrowing. Determining which data best reflects Library reporting needs (annual reports, accreditation documents, etc), interpreting raw data, and presenting those interpretations to Library stakeholders.
  • Assisting the Budget & Acquisitions Manager with copy cataloging workload, performing occasional original cataloging of special collections

Qualities and Capabilities

The successful will have:

  • MLS from and ALA-accredited institution or foreign equivalent by start date.
  • Experience providing research and instruction services in an academic library.
  • Engaging classroom presence and oral communication skills, evidenced by flexibility to teach in multiple modalities, leveraging academic technologies, and successful experience teaching outcomes-based lessons.
  • Proven ability to initiate and implement projects
  • Competency with a variety of computer applications including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software, and content management systems such as LibGuides. Familiarity with Integrated Library Systems such as Voyager. Experience with specific platforms is less important than a demonstrated willingness to explore, evaluate and use emerging technologies.
  • Strong data literacy skills and demonstrated experience interpreting data.


  • Experience designing surveys, interpreting results, communicating to external stakeholders, and providing recommendations for service improvements.
  • Familiarity with different data visualization platforms and techniques. Experience working with consortia and/or as a part of a multi-branch library.
  • Strong experience with MLA and APA citation formats.
  • Experience with original cataloging.


A letter of interest, CV/resume, and a statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through teaching, professional activity, and/or service must be included for full consideration.

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