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Research and Instruction Librarian, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA

Wellesley College seeks a highly motivated and creative social sciences Research & Instruction Librarian devoted to public service in a liberal arts college environment.


The Librarian will work collaboratively as a key member of the Research Services team to build a community of students who are information literate and confident lifelong learners. The Librarian will act as liaison to social sciences departments on campus, offering innovative support for the teaching, learning, and academic research in social and behavioral sciences disciplines such as Economics, Political Science, and Sociology, and will be a key contributor to data literacy initiatives across the disciplines.

The Librarian will continually assess social science disciplinary needs, seeking thoughtful ways to address them through collaborations with faculty and fellow instructors on assignment design, integrated instruction, individual consultations, and support for independent learning. As part of the deeply merged Research and Instruction Support team of librarians and instructional technologists, the Librarian supports faculty and students in all disciplines in the exploration and application of new technologies and methodologies for digital scholarship and scholarly inquiry.

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and provide innovative and effective library instruction and in-depth research support for faculty and students in liaison disciplines.

  • Through instruction, consultations, and other methods, facilitate data discovery, interpretation, visualization, and management in close collaboration with Research and Instructional Support colleagues, including the GIS and Data Instructional Technology Librarian.

  • Work with collections librarians on general collection development in liaison disciplines. Advocate for collection development and systems improvements or adoption in support of the social sciences, especially around the topics of data literacy and data visualization.

  • Keep abreast of scholarly trends, resources, and new technologies in liaison disciplines with a view toward their application in research and instruction.

  • Other duties as assigned.


Must Have

  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science or related discipline from an ALA-accredited institution.

  • Academic background in a behavioral or social science field such as political science, economics, or sociology, and/or significant experience supporting the social sciences.

  • Demonstrated experience and comfort providing effective instruction and consultations.

  • Interest in following new developments in social science data gathering techniques, sources, analysis, and visualization.

  • Ability to collaboratively tackle problems and new projects with enthusiasm, tact, and humor.

  • Comfort with risk taking and change in a rapidly evolving profession.

  • Interest in offering a wide variety of campus support in addition to core/traditional responsibilities, as part of a merged Library and Technology organization.


Nice to Have

  • Experience identifying and gathering data sets (e.g. IPUMS, ICPSR, census or survey data, etc.)

  • Experience with quantitative and/or qualitative analysis techniques and software packages (e.g. SAS, SPSS, Stata, R, Atlas.ti, NVivo).

  • Experience with at least one area of digital scholarship or data visualization (e.g. network analysis, text analysis/mining, mapping, digital publishing, etc.)

  • Experience developing modules for online or blended learning settings.

  • Experience with assessment projects, particularly learning assessment or long-term (1 year or longer) assessment projects.

How To Apply

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Position will be open until filled; early applications are encouraged.

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