Assistant University Librarian for Content Strategies – Harvard Library – Cambridge, MA

EEO Statement
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As we approach our fifth century of inspiring and serving the University and the broader scholarly community, Harvard Library is transforming how we connect students, faculty, and the world to our unparalleled collections to ensure the ongoing vitality of scholarship, the excitement of discovery, and the delight of learning.

Harvard seeks a visionary and collaborative professional to provide leadership in reimagining how the Harvard College Library and the Office for Scholarly Communication and its staff will provide expertise and tools for engaging with the full record of scholarship in new and innovative ways and to advance Harvard Library’s strategy of collective collection development within Harvard and with strategic external partners.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources, the Assistant University Librarian for Content Strategies will lead a staff of over forty highly talented collection development and scholarly communications librarians and staff who are committed to advancing scholarly innovation and to enriching the student experience. The Assistant University Librarian for Content Strategies will further our shift toward collective collecting at Harvard, and with the Research Collections and Preservation Consortium (ReCAP), and the Ivy Plus Libraries partnership; to increasing our efforts to ensure that the Harvard community is able to access and engage with information resources in ways that meet their scholarly and educational needs.

In addition, the Assistant University Librarian for Content Strategies will oversee the Office for Scholarly Communication to ensure that the record of Harvard’s scholarship is available to the world, to promoting Harvard values and influence in scholarly communications, and to influence the migration of scholarly communications toward open, community-supported structures.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant University Librarian for Content Strategies will offer leadership in the following areas:

  • By working in collaboration and consultation with collections staff across Harvard libraries, develop strategies that enable Harvard to operationalize collective change in collection development within Harvard’s strong tradition of local management of collections.
  • By identifying and managing Harvard College Library’s contributions to the collective collection in humanities, social sciences, sciences, and global studies in over seventy languages for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, demonstrate collaboration that promotes closer integration of collections across Harvard, as well as the ReCAP and Ivy Plus libraries for the benefit of the Harvard and greater scholarly communities.
  • In collaboration with Library staff focused on digital scholarship, harness the Library’s wealth of resources for the advantage of our faculty and students; work with information vendors for the broadest use rights; advocate for the digitization of the Library’s legacy collections; and promote the use of the collections as data.
  • Provide management and consultation in the growth of local and collective collecting of distinctive materials in traditional and emerging formats, such as web archiving, digital ephemera, and post-custodial archiving of online information, to ensure the availability of the fullest record of human expression for future scholarship.
  • Support the ongoing professional development of subject-specialist librarians in Harvard College Library as they further diversify their engagement with faculty and students to meet emerging scholarly needs.
  • Oversee the Office for Scholarly Communication, to ensure that the record of Harvard’s scholarship is available to the world and to influence the migration of scholarly communications toward open, community-supported structures.

The Assistant University Librarian will oversee the allocation and management of over $20 million annually in funds for collections and related services. This individual will collaborate with collections librarians across Harvard, establish and nurture excellent relationships with faculty and students to align policies and practices with academic priorities, and work with Research and Education librarians on how the Library’s information resources may best support teaching and enriching the student research experience. Beyond Harvard, The Assistant University Librarian will collaborate with peers at MIT, in ReCAP, and across the Ivy Plus confederation to promote effective growth and management of the collective collection in all formats and to investigate further collective work, such as the development of distinctive collections and joint digitization efforts. The Assistant University Librarian will represent Harvard nationally and internationally as needed.
Although this position will remain open until filled, applications will be reviewed beginning October 1st, 2018.

Diversity Statement
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. The Assistant University Librarian for Content Strategies will promote and embody this commitment.

We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply 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. Serving as an information hub, the Library connects 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, and delivers exceptional experiences to its user communities. 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 comprehensive access to these materials.

Basic qualifications

  • Ten or more years of professional experience in an academic setting.
  • Demonstrated experience successfully connecting faculty and students with information assets to advance their scholarly and educational goals preferably in an academic research environment.
  • Advanced degree(s), such as the MLS or PhD, or their foreign equivalent(s).
  • Experience working with and developing information collections in traditional and digital formats in an academic setting.
  • Five or more years experience managing and developing staff, especially professional staff.
  • Experience developing and managing large budgets in a complex funding structure.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of global studies.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the scholarly publishing market and open access.

Additional Qualifications

  • A record of successful collaborative work and consensus building in a complex or matrix environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to set priorities and to inspire staff to share and achieve them.
  • A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • An active record of professional engagement and ongoing professional development.
  • Knowledge of current trends in digital scholarship and digital analysis of information collections.
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of at least one language in addition to English.

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About John Pell

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

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