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Reference and Outreach Librarian, New England College of Optometry (Boston)

The New England College of Optometry (NECO), a small, focused, independent graduate school in Boston's Back Bay, is seeking a librarian to support faculty, students, and alumni in appropriately obtaining, using, and sharing information.  This is a highly collaborative position, ideal for someone personable who enjoys working in a team-oriented environment to support the community’s unique information needs. This full-time position reporting to the Director of Library Services.


Support for researchers:

· Collaborate with Grants Manager to assist with NIH and other research grant application requirements, such as biographical sketch creation and citation formatting
· Conduct customized research grants searches
· Perform literature reviews and in-depth database searching
· Monitor trends in scholarly communication, including open access and altmetrics, and keep faculty informed
· Meet one-on-one with researchers to address their information needs

Support for clinical faculty:

· Develop protocol for and provide point-of-care reference services
· Conduct customized clinical grants searches (both capital and program-specific)
· Meet individually with clinicians to address their information needs

Outreach to faculty (research, didactic, and clinical):

· Orient new faculty to library resources and services
· Reach out to faculty on an individual basis regularly to ensure their information needs are being supported
· Regularly visit both NECO owned and operated clinical sites as well as affiliated clinics to promote library services and collections, and to meet with clinicians who cannot easily meet at Beacon St. campus
· Promote library services and collections to students regularly and consistently

Support for students:

· Participate in new student orientation to introduce students to library resources and services
· Work with faculty to develop and provide information literacy/evidence-based practice instruction to students (both within and outside of class)
· Meet individually and with groups of students needing information-related assistance
· Develop and maintain online research guides

Outreach to students:

· Collaborate with other departments to improve student well-being via programming and initiatives
· Promote library services and collections to students regularly and consistently
· Liaise with Student Council to determine that students’ information and study space needs are being met

Other related duties:

· Act as College’s copyright officer, providing copyright education and support to students and faculty
· Represent NECO on the Fenway Library Organization consortium’s relevant committees
· Various other projects and tasks may be assigned as appropriate, including occasional service desk coverage


· Master of Library and Information Science degree from an accredited program required
· Two+ years of experience in reference services or as a subject liaison required
· Excellent written and oral communication skills and an ease with public speaking required
· Academic library experience desired
· Customer service experience desired
· Background in health sciences and/or familiarity with evidence-based practice a plus
· Friendliness, flexibility, enthusiasm, sense of humor, and ability to work in a small team in pursuit of shared goals a must

Full/Part Time

Full Time




Competitive and commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits.

Closing Date

How to Apply

Please apply via the the College website:

All NECO team members are expected to consistently demonstrate our values of integrity, compassion, respect, diversity, teamwork, excellence and innovation in their work activities and interactions.

NECO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages all qualified candidates to apply.


2020-03-02 |  Quick link to this job