Florence Fearrington Librarian — Houghton Library, Harvard University — Cambridge, Mass.

The Florence Fearrington Librarian provides dynamic leadership for Houghtons collections, programs, and operations. He/she will sustain and expand Houghton’s ongoing programs of acquisition, curatorship, service, and outreach. The evolving roles of digital technologies in scholarship and creative expression particularly invite innovative responses that may engage special collections staff, colleagues, and peers throughout and beyond the University.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Lead in planning and action to fulfill the expanding role of Houghtons services and collections in a user-focused environment that combines resources in both traditional and digital formats, within a coherent framework of Library-wide programs and priorities.

Serve as Houghton Librarys principal spokesperson, ambassador, and advocate.

Develop strong relationships with faculty, researchers, donors, funding agencies, and cultural heritage programs and repositories throughout and beyond the University.

Job Requirements
Education/experience: Deep familiarity with rare books, archives, and/or special collections as evidenced by a Ph.D. or comparable research experience.

A record of scholarly engagement through teaching, publication, and/or presentations.

Training in librarianship, archival science, or related fields preferred.

At least 5 years as a special collections manager in a large research library or specialized cultural heritage organization.

For full details on this position and to apply, please visit our employment website here and search for Req # 31186BR.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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