Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History, Harvard University

SUMMARY:The primary responsibility of the Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History is to develop the Harvard Library’s flagship collection of materials relating to American history.


* Serves as the primary selector for library materials in the subjects of American history, literature, government, and culture (including popular culture);
* Provides specialized reference services to students and faculty in American fields;
* Monitors the acquisition budget and makes allocation recommendations;
* Evaluates Americana acquisitions and collections for preservation and storage decisions;
* Develops written policy for the Americana collections;
* Serves as a liaison to other units in the Harvard Library and interacts with faculty and students to develop collections which support research and teaching;
* Is involved in national initiatives related to bibliographic resources in American studies.
* Participates on the Administrative Committee of the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History.


* MLS, or the equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.
* An advanced degree in American history or American studies.
* Demonstrated ability in collection development in a research library.
* In depth knowledge of North American publishing and book trade.
* Broad familiarity with trends, programs, and developments in scholarly communication and bibliographic resources.
* Experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, Access) and Aleph system.


•Doctoral degree or equivalent degree preferred.

•Excellent communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to work as part of team.

•Flexibility and versatility required to contribute effectively to an evolving work environment.

•Involvement in professional and scholarly organizations expected.

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