Associate Head of Digital Collections Discovery — Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 United States

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Harvard University

Associate Head of Digital Collections Discovery
Harvard Library

Job Summary

Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on January 20, 2023.

Under the direction of the Director of Information Discovery Services, the Associate Head of Digital Collections Discovery provides strategic leadership for services that enhance the experience of finding and using Harvard Library’s digital collections. The primary responsibility of this role is to create a compelling vision for the Digital Collections Discovery Services team. In leading this team, they must demonstrate flexibility in approach and motivate others to achieve desired results. In collaboration with the Head of UX & Digital Accessibility, they will also conduct long-range strategic planning and goal setting for the UX & Discovery department.

The position requires managing library staff and student employees as needed. The position also requires strong project and peer management to enable cross-functional teams.
Position Description

  • Lead and participate in library-wide project teams related to the discovery of and access to digital collections.
  • Lead user engagement and outreach projects related to digital collections and online exhibits.
  • Provide guidance on collections projects with partner institutions included, but not limited to metadata sharing/aggregation, mass digitization, and collections sharing.
  • Manage the Library Analyst for Stewardship of Digital Assets and Library Analyst for Collections Discovery.
  • Establish and implement best practices for collections discovery and use across the research lifecycle.
  • Collaborate with the copyright officer to provide leadership on copyright and the application of standardized rights statements, as they apply to digital collections discovery.
  • Design model and custom workflows to meet project and programmatic goals in partnership with key stakeholders across Harvard Library.
  • Develop online content and in-person presentations to promote and demonstrate services.
  • Create service documentation and project reports.
  • Contributes to the overall goals of the department as appropriate.

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience in planning and managing projects involving collections access and discovery, including the ability to maintain priorities across multiple projects.
  • Minimum of 5 years of experience managing direct reports and peer teams.
  • Excellent presentation & communication skills.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Masters Degree in Library Science and/or Information Science or Archival training preferred.
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and antiracism.
  • Demonstrated success in communicating with members of the academic community.
  • Proven knowledge of management and familiarity with issues related to access and discovery of collection.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata standards and file formats.
  • Knowledge of best practices for usability of collections.
  • Knowledge of accessibility standards and requirements.
  • Experience with collections management software and user interfaces.
  • Knowledge of Harvard Library technical infrastructure for collections discovery.
  • Demonstrated skills in being highly collaborative and user focused.
  • Willingness to continue to develop professionally through training, participation in conferences, and other activities.

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.

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.

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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