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Social Sciences Librarian, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA

Job Summary

Lesley seeks a creative and collaborative Social Sciences Librarian who will serve as the subject librarian and teach information literacy, provide research assistance, and develop print and electronic resources in the disciplines of the social sciences, including Expressive Therapies, Counseling & Psychology, Mindfulness, and Creative Writing.

As part of the library team, the Social Sciences 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/data literacy lessons and advanced research methods and research skills, in addition to meeting with Graduate School faculty and administrators to design and embed lessons into the curriculum.
  • 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 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 Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSASS), performing outreach and trainings for faculty and advertising library services and new resources.
  • Collect, evaluate, and refresh print and digital resources that support the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSASS) 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.

Qualities and Capabilities

The successful candidate must have:

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or foreign equivalent, by start date.
  • Demonstrated subject knowledge of counseling psychology or expressive arts therapies and disciplinary research methods.
  • Experience providing research and instruction services.
  • 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.


  • Degree in a social sciences discipline
  • Experience supporting graduate student researchers
  • Knowledge of Endeavor Voyager and Blackboard
  • Experience working with consortia and/or as part of a multi-branch library
  • Strong data literacy skills and demonstrated experience interpreting data


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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