Assessment Librarian – Harvard University — Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Harvard University

Assessment Librarian
Harvard Library

Job Summary

Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on May 5, 2023.

In partnership with Harvard’s Administrative Fellowship Program and the ACRL Diversity Alliance, the Harvard Library Diversity Residency Program attracts talented librarians, and in particular, members of historically underrepresented groups, to provide meaningful professional working experience and to cultivate the professional goals and interests of the resident. Additionally, through a combination of events sponsored by the Harvard Library, the Administrative Fellowship Program, and the ACRL Diversity Alliance, Residents have the opportunity to work in an academic environment complemented by career development experiences.

This is a two-year residency position.

The Assessment Librarian supports data management, analysis, and reporting needs across the Harvard Library and the delivery of timely, appropriate, and high-quality data to members of the Harvard Library community. This role also supports the development of an assessment community and a culture of assessment. Reporting to the Director of Planning and Assessment, this position also contributes to work in the Office of the Chief of Staff.

Position Description

•Supports data collection for annual reporting and operational statistics for the Harvard Library; including gathering, reviewing, and evaluating, and synthesizing data submitted by library departments and Harvard University’s professional school libraries. Compiles, cleans, and maintains datasets for analysis and reporting.
•Collects, analyzes, builds visualizations and dashboards, and reports for quantitative and qualitative data gathered from various sources such as library systems, vendor statistics, observations, surveys, web analytics, interviews, and focus groups etc.
•Supports improvements to the libraries’ program for gathering, archiving and analyzing statistics on library usage, collections and services and impact.
•Uses a variety of tools, including databases, spreadsheets, presentation, data visualization, and reporting applications to gather data and prepare reports.
•Manages the joining of disparate data sets; manages data quality, integrity, and clean up. Constructs and analyzes queries.
•Supports communication and publishing of findings, datasets, and reports to library staff in support of decision-making; prepares reports data and findings for dissemination to external audiences as appropriate.
•Develops and builds a Harvard Library community of staff engaged in assessment work and furthers a culture of assessment.
•Contributes to other work in the Office of the Chief of Staff.

Basic Qualifications

•MLS or MIS from a program accredited by the American Library Association and/or a related master’s degree such as data science or data analytics.
•Demonstrated experience with assessment and/or data analysis.
•Advanced Excel skills.
•The fellowship is for early career professionals with a minimum of one year of professional work experience (Includes volunteer work and internships).

Additional Qualifications and Skills

•Demonstrated committment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Antiracism.
•Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
•Demonstrates strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
•Demonstrates initiative and ability to work collaboratively as a team member and independently.
•Ability to work with large, complex data sets and managing data quality both for statistical analysis and ongoing data management preferred.
•Basic understanding of statistical software such as SAS, STATA, SPSS or R preferred.
•Basic understanding of Tableau or similar data visualization tool preferred.
•Basic understanding of Python or SQL preferred.
•Ability to communicate effectively; demonstrates adaptability and flexibility.
•Ability to prioritize effectively to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously and meet project deadlines.
•Brings a growth mindset and curiosity to learning.

Physical Requirements

Most duties performed on a computer.

Working Conditions

The position will be based on our campus in Cambridge, MA., however there is the opportunity for a flexible or hybrid work model compliant with Harvard University remote work policies.


We invite you to visit Harvard’s Total Rewards website to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:
•Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.
•Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.
•Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.
•Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.
•Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.
•Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.
•Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.
•Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.
•Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Across the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University’s mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success.

We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world’s most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society.

Harvard Library inspires collaboration, reflection, experimentation, and discovery connecting users to related disciplines and to University-wide teaching resources. The Library engages users through curated discovery, digital collections, reimagined physical space, and specialized research support. Today, Harvard Library’s holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding access to digital resources. Harvard Library provides the University’s faculty, students, and researchers-now and in the future-with exceptional experiences and comprehensive access to these materials.

Learn more about our contributions to the academic enterprise by visiting us at and about the Harvard University community at

The Harvard Library is a proud member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.

Job Function

USA – MA – Cambridge


Time Status

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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Criminal, Education, Identity

Department Office Location
USA – MA – Cambridge

Work Format
Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.


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