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Harvard University Charles Ogletree Papers Assistant Archivist in Cambridge, Massachusetts

60304BRAuto req ID:60304BRJob Code:386056 Library Professional Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Charles Ogletree Papers Assistant ArchivistSub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade ( :056Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science (completed or in progress), preferably with a concentration in archives management.

  • One year of experience appraising, arranging, and describing archival materials in a variety of formats.

Additional Qualifications and Skills:

We are looking for people who have:

  • Knowledge of current national archival and descriptive standards and best practices, including DACS, EAD, MARC, LCSH, etc.

  • Understanding of content appraisal, digitization workflows, preservation needs, and copyright, privacy and confidentiality issues relevant to archival collections.

  • Exceptional written, verbal, critical thinking, and listening skills.

  • The ability to manage multiple priorities and work productively, both independently and collaboratively, in a highly collegial and team-based environment.

  • Proficiency with computer technology (word processing, spreadsheets, databases, XML).

  • Experience with or knowledge of ArchivesSpace and Alma, or similar archival and library management systems.

Additional Information:

This is a two year term appointment with potential for renewal, subject to departmental need.

We regret that Harvard Law School is unable to provide visa sponsorship for staff positions.

All offers to be made by HLS Human Resources.

Be a part of excellence and leadership in legal education and scholarship at Harvard Law School. We are a community of talented people from diverse backgrounds, lived experiences, and perspectives, dedicated to advancing the cause of justice all over the world. We value our differences and our diversity as a source of strength. We are committed to developing and inspiring our students and our workforce. Whoever you are, whatever you do, however you do it, Harvard Law School (  is a place where you can thrive.

Department:LibraryPre-Employment Screening:Education, IdentityJob Function:Library Position Description:

As an Assistant Archivist you will:

  • Appraise the Charles Ogletree papers for digitization, appropriate levels of arrangement and description, and physical rehousing needs based on the project plan.

  • Create Describing Archives: A Content Standard DACS compliant descriptive metadata for the collection and enter it into a project spreadsheet on a rolling basis.

  • As needed, collaborate with other project team members in rehousing the collection, including re-boxing and re-foldering material, preparing the collection for digital imaging, inventory tracking’ quality control of scanned images, and deposit of digital objects to the Harvard Library Digital Repository Service.

  • Update and maintain the collection’s access tools, including an ArchivesSpace finding aid and Alma catalog record.

  • Follow procedures outlined in departmental processing manuals, and work as part of the team to help improve and document changes in departmental workflows and practices.

  • May supervise student assistants and interns.

School/Unit:Harvard Law School 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.Physical Requirements:

Will involve moving items weighing up to 40 lbs for various needs.

Working Conditions:

  • There may be limited exposure to dust and mold.

  • Requires the ability to work in multiple locations. Some of the work may take place at the Harvard Depository in Southborough, Massachusetts.

  • Reasonable accommodation will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Job Summary:

The Harvard Law School Library seeks an assistant archivist to assist with processing and digitizing the Charles Ogletree papers, an approximately 500 linear foot manuscript collection comprising materials that document Ogletree's career as a Harvard Law professor, author, and legal theorist with interests in international law, civil rights law, and criminal law. The Harvard Law School Library promotes collaboration, innovation of processes and procedures, and high accountability in all phases of collections stewardship. The Digital Lab serves HLSL's mission to provide open access to the library’s world-class collections, and manages accessioning, processing, and digitization of the library’s Modern Manuscripts collection. Working collaboratively with the project managers and other Digital Lab and Historical & Special Collections staff, the Assistant Archivist will appraise, describe, and assist with making the collection accessible using the Library's integrated minimal processing, mass digitization workflow. The work on the Ogletree collection will contribute to the development of flexible, efficient, and user-centered archival processing and digitization practices and standards.

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.