Collections Digitization Librarian — Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, United States

Harvard University

Collections Digitization Librarian
Harvard Library

Job Summary

Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on February 25, 2022.

Harvard Library seeks a collaborative professional to work with Harvard libraries and archives to develop and execute collections digitization projects, and to track them through to completion. Collections digitization initiatives support teaching and scholarship at the University’s undergraduate Harvard College, 12 graduate and professional schools, and the Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. The Library extends the reach and impact of these efforts by making its digitized collections accessible online beyond the University, without restriction, whenever possible.

Reporting to Head of Imaging Services, the incumbent joins a management team that leads the work of the department, working collaboratively to develop and optimize a broad range of digitization services and workflows aligned to the Library’s evolving collections digitization needs.

Job Code
386057 Library Professional

Job-Specific Responsibilities

Assesses collections for possible digitization.

Works with librarians, archivists, and technologists to design and execute collections digitization projects.

Fosters the success of digitization projects by helping to ensure that work plans are executed accurately, on time, and on budget. Adapts, prioritizes, and reorganizes workflows as necessary to accommodate changing needs as they arise.

Manages staff who describe collections, coordinate digitization workflows, and prepare physical collections for digitization.

Facilitates communication and reporting between collection managers and the digitization, conservation, and cataloging services that together implement digital projects.

Works closely with UX and Digital Engagement team to ensure digital projects have a clear path to discovery and use.

Develops and maintains strong working relationships with clientele and partners both inside and outside the Library.

Maintains digitization project documentation, and procedural documentation for the specialized work s/he performs and supervises.

Contributes to Library and unit goals by accomplishing related duties as required, including participating in ad-hoc projects and committees.

Basic Qualifications

5+ years of relevant experience
3 + years working on cultural heritage collections digitization projects
Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent experience
Supervisory experience
Project management experience
Working knowledge of AACR2, CONSER, Resource Description and Access (RDA), cataloging conventions and LC subject headings; Encoded Archival Description (EAD); and descriptive guidelines and standards for the cataloging of visual materials.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

Professional knowledge of archival theory and practice, including an understanding of the process of arranging and describing manuscript and archival materials.

Knowledge of a range of metadata and imaging standards and practices.

Excellent interpersonal skills.

Excellent customer service skills and a commitment to delivering high-quality service.

Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to prepare reports and procedural documentation.

Demonstrated aptitude for problem solving.

Ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast paced environment.

Ability to manage competing priorities with a positive, constructive, flexible, and cooperative manner.

Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems or facilitate workflows.

Working understanding of Copyright Law as it pertains to copying and making accessible published and unpublished works.

Accuracy and attention to detail is essential.

Physical Requirements

This job regularly needs to lift or push items weighing up to 30 pounds.

Additional Information

Statement of Values

Harvard University aims to be the world’s recognized leader in sustainable inclusive excellence by fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. Working in close collaboration with offices across the university, the Harvard Library is becoming one of the campus leaders in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and antiracism. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success. As well, we believe that 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 advance our diverse society.

Harvard Library’s core values are the foundation upon which our antiracism agenda is being developed. Our values emphasize that we lead with curiosity, seek collaboration, champion access, aim for the extraordinary, and cultivate and celebrate diversity in our collections and our community to construct a more inclusive and just world. Our focus on antiracism is a commitment to live our values. It is about building not only a better organization, but a better research library – an exemplary antiracist research library. We aspire to be global leaders in expanding world knowledge and intellectual exploration, and that starts on our campus, where we are a center for knowledge supporting our faculty and students in pursuing antiracism through their research, teaching and learning.

Diversity and Inclusion at the Harvard Library

Our commitment to antiracism is a commitment to addressing other forms of discrimination as well, such as those based on gender, sexuality, religion or ability. Our antiracism work will continue a strong record of diversity initiatives, ranging from targeted collection development and the design of inclusive spaces to a learning journey for staff and a focus on employee recruitment and retention. We are deeply committed to increasing diversity in the profession, through activities such as our longstanding membership in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.

Working Conditions

Job is performed in a library/office setting.

Job Function

Sub Unit

USA – MA – Cambridge

Imaging Services

Time Status

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, Employment, Identity

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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