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Librarian, Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (Newton)

If you are a librarian who enjoys both independent work and being part of a small, highly collaborative staff team, with exceptional customer service skills, we want to hear from you!

“The next BPSI Librarian should ideally be an Archivist with cutting edge technological skills and an interest in psychoanalysis, or at least eager to learn about psychoanalysis. They would have personal characteristics such as:  excellent communication skills, comfort in their library leadership role, be approachable, helpful, welcoming, and supportive of library users.  They should have a vision about the importance and function of libraries in our changing society and changing times.”

 – BPSI Library Committee

The Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (BPSI) is a membership organization and school providing advanced training and education in the field of psychoanalysis, located in Newton Centre. Our library is a large, comfortable, and welcoming space at the center of our historic building - a beautiful room visible from the building’s entrance. It serves our membership of over 400 psychotherapy and psychoanalytic students, faculty, scholars, and community members. With comfortable chairs for reading and a large table for working, the library houses roughly 8,000 volumes and more than 20 psychoanalytic journals.  Our extensive archival collection is held on the third floor of our building. The library also exhibits small collections of photographs and paintings by psychoanalysts and displays recent psychoanalytic publications, many from our own membership.  

As BPSI’s librarian, you have the opportunity to oversee and maintain a world-class psychoanalytic library and archives, and to work with a community of highly educated, intellectually curious, humanitarian and committed clinicians and scholars.  The Librarian is a highly visible position at BPSI and provides instrumental support for BPSI’s training programs, members, and scholars.  BPSI’s affiliation with national and international psychoanalytic organizations provides the opportunity for the librarian to collaborate with librarians and other professionals from Institutes around the country.

Our ideal candidate will be an intellectually curious analytical thinker with excellent communication skills both verbally and in writing. Our new team member will be a self-starter with a natural ability to organize and prioritize, and will possess the highest ethical and professional standards, have a pleasant outgoing demeanor, and enjoy interacting with others in a fast paced, dynamic nonprofit. 

BPSI offers excellent benefits including:

Generous paid vacation and flex time
Health and dental insurance
403B pension plan
Professional Development tuition reimbursement
Flexible spending accounts
Free parking and MBTA accessible
Paid travel to National conference with opportunity for collaboration with professional colleagues and professional growth

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Library Science or equivalent degree or experience: MLS preferred. 
The librarian must be able to work independently and innovatively while also collaborating as a key member of the staff team. 
Excellent organizational and communication skills, with sharp attention to detail, ability to multitask, handling shifting and detailed information, tasks, priorities, and deadlines.
Customer service orientation, ability to communicate with and support a highly trained and educated community including MDs, PhDs, LICSWs, and other academics and scholars. 
Supervisory skills to oversee and manage library interns, volunteers, or other support staff.
Have orientation and working knowledge of reference and research databases and resources, including experience with catalog in Mandarin system; web publishing; current archival standards.  
Familiarity with other database, social media and IT platforms including Constant Contact, CSR Database (e.g., DonorPerfect, GiveCloud, or Blackbaud), Photoshop, InDesign, Vimeo, and Survey Monkey and other IT, office, or AV equipment. Experience preferred.
Member of New England Archivists and Massachusetts Library Association preferred.
Classes are held on Thursday evenings:  The Librarian must be available Thursday evenings during the academic year, some additional evenings, and occasional Saturdays.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$58,000.00  / year

Closing Date

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2022-04-14 |  Quick link to this job