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Research and Instruction Librarian, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Simmons College Library seeks a Research and Instruction Librarian to join our team. This position will work closely with Library colleagues and with students and faculty in the sciences (including Chemistry, Biology, and Physics) and health sciences (including Nutrition, Physical Therapy, and Public Health) disciplines, delivering instruction, reference, and research support in these as well as other areas. This position will support students in both face-to-face and online learning environments. 

Key Work Activities:

Teaching & Learning

  • Develop and deliver library instruction including instructional design, teaching, and  assessment;
  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge of relevant curriculum initiatives within assigned departments/programs;
  • Demonstrate competency on broad issues of copyright and how to responsibly use resources in an academic setting;
  • Identify areas where new online learning and digital tools can place the library into the flow of teaching, learning, and research.

Research Services

  • Provide high-quality reference and research support on demand by appointment, email, chat, or other venue;
  • Create and maintain research tools such as LibGuides and Guide-on-the-Side tutorials;
  • Extend services through office hours, embedded librarianship, and support of student research programs;
  • Participate in the promotion of library services and materials.

Collections & Resources

  • Participate in ongoing collection review and assessment, especially in assigned subjects;
  • Maintain an awareness of scholarship in assigned disciplines and relevant curriculum initiatives in order to ensure curriculum-aligned collection management;
  • Discover and integrate open access and OER into patron discovery experience0073.


  • Cultivate partnerships and collaborations with departmental staff, faculty, adjuncts, and students in assigned departments/programs;
  • Promote awareness and use of the Library's collections and services, and pursue opportunities that engage and inform the community;
  • Speak knowledgeably about issues such as scholarly communication, open access, institutional repositories, and information literacy;
  • Maintain an understanding of assigned academic department/program needs and a corresponding awareness of the appropriate library resources/services to meet such program needs;
  • Share information about users with library staff and with departments/programs;
  • Seek opportunities for collaboration with academic and co-curricular departments/programs on initiatives impacting resources, services, information literacy, and curriculum support;
  • Serve on appropriate Simmons College committees.

Professional Development/Service

  • Maintain current knowledge of library resources, services and issues with strong emphasis on assigned academic departments/programs;
  • Participate in appropriate professional organizations;
  • Contribute to the profession through activities including; publications and presentations and by taking on leadership roles in professional organizations;
  • Maintain an understanding of College and Library strategy, priorities, and initiatives in order to advance shared goals.


Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree from an ALA accredited program in Library & Information Science
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Commitment to excellent customer service
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Experience with library and emerging technology

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Two years of  public services experience in an academic setting
  • Experience developing and delivering Information Literacy sessions
  • Familiarity with and experience with resources in the sciences and/or health sciences
  • Experience providing outstanding reference and research support both in-person and in the online environment
  • Experience developing, assessing, and managing print, media, and electronic collections
  • Experience developing and conducting effective outreach programs for students and faculty.

Instructions to Applicants: Please visit and submit a resume and cover letter with your application.

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