Open Scholarship and Research Data Services Outreach Librarian — Cambridge, Massachusetts

Description: Job Summary

Although this position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on July 19, 2024.

Harvard Library (HL) Open Scholarship and Research Data Services (OSRDS) is actively seeking a dynamic, innovative, and collaborative individual to join its team. This role involves promoting and advancing department services and programs through outreach and engagement within and beyond Harvard Library. The successful candidate will be responsible for communicating and promoting OSRDS services, developing, coordinating, and supporting OSRDS projects and programs, as well as building collaborations and partnerships with various stakeholders on campus.

Reporting directly to the Director of OSRDS, this position is instrumental in developing collaboration and fostering partnerships between OSRDS and diverse stakeholders. Key responsibilities include engaging with campus stakeholders in OSRDS services, coordinating and supporting OSRDS initiatives and projects, and organizing events and workshops to promote OSRDS services, open access, open data, open education and open infrastructure.

As part of Open Scholarship and Research Data Services, the incumbent will be at the forefront of advancing open knowledge. We are dedicated to supporting Harvard Library’s aspirations on behalf of researchers to be global leaders in expanding world knowledge and intellectual exploration. This commitment involves the creation, promotion, and support of new and existing models for sharing research outputs, including both publications and data.

Position Description

Community Outreach and Engagement:

  • Develop and implement outreach strategies to engage with professional school libraries, FAS libraries, academic units, faculty, researchers, and students interested in open scholarship and research data services.
  • Cultivate partnerships and collaborations that enhance the visibility and impact of OSRDS services and initiatives.

Project Management and Coordination:

  • Support the planning, execution, and evaluation of OSRDS projects, programs, and initiatives.
  • Coordinate project timelines, resources, and deliverables to ensure successful implementation.
  • Monitor project progress, identify potential issues, and implement solutions.

Communication and Collaboration:

  • Facilitate effective communication and collaboration within OSRDS, library, and campus partners.
  • Organize and coordinate workshops, events, and outreach activities to promote open scholarship and research data services across the campus.
  • Manage and develop the website and promotional resources for OSRDS services.

Data Analysis and Reporting:

  • Collect, analyze, and report data related to outreach and engagement efforts in the context of open scholarship and research data services.
  • Prepare comprehensive reports on project outcomes, community impact, and recommendations for improvement.

Strategic Planning:

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic plans for open scholarship and research data services.
  • Collaborate with team members to identify opportunities for growth and improved service delivery.

Basic Qualifications

  • BA/BS
  • 3 years of experience in open access, open data, and scholarly communication.
  • Proven experience in outreach, community engagement, and project management, particularly in the context of academic research libraries.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

  • Master’s degree in library science, Information Science, or a related field.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in open scholarship and science, open access, open data, and scholarly communication.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in the university research environment and research data needs.
  • Experience in collaborating effectively with diverse stakeholders, including librarians, researchers, faculty, and external partners.
  • Commitment to supporting efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in library, university, and professional contexts.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills to work effectively in a culturally diverse environment.

Working Conditions

  • The position will be based on our campus in Cambridge, MA. There may be 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.

Job Code: 386056 Library Professional

Job Function: Library

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

Sub Unit: ————

Salary Grade: 056

Department: Open Scholarship and Research Data Services

Salary Range: $66200 to $108200

Union: 00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status: Full-time

Pre-Employment Screening: Criminal, Education, Identity

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