Harvard University Library Professional in Cambridge, Massachusetts

45962BRAuto req ID:45962BRJob Code:386056 Library Professional Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Administrative Fellow (Houghton Library)Sub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:056Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum basic qualifications include an advanced degree in Library Science, Archival Studies, and/or English, History, Art History, Theatre, or other subject areas relevant to the collections of Houghton Library.

  • Up to three years, or equivalent, of work experience in a library, archive, museum, or in publishing.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently and to collaborate and work effectively with a broad set of colleagues and library users. Proficiency in a language beyond English.

  • Interest in and/or experience with working with archives, manuscripts, rare books, and other rare and unique library holdings. Interest in and/or experience with digital humanities and digital scholarship.

  • Understanding of and appreciation for the ways new technologies are transforming libraries and archives, and willingness to pursue innovative approaches to challenges and opportunities.

  • Knowledge of and experience in providing reference and instruction in rare books, manuscripts and archives. Proofreading skills and familiarity with the editing and production of publications. Experience with web design and online platforms for scholarly communication.

  • Graphic design skills, and/or experience with or willingness to learn Photoshop or other imaging and photo editing software. Experience with project management software.

  • This position requires some evening and weekend hours.

Additional Information:


On your cover letter, please write a Statement of Purpose/Interest that briefly describes your professional and academic interests as related to employment with Harvard University, and more broadly, the field of Higher Education and how participation in the Administrative Fellowship Program can help advance these interests. Be sure to explain:

  1. Why you are seeking a Fellowship

  2. What you hope to gain from the experience

  3. How you might contribute to the hiring department

Diversity Statement:

At 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 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.

A global leader, the Harvard Library is a pre-eminent research library that acquires, disseminates, and preserves knowledge. Harvard's Library holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding inventories of digital resources. It is the work of the Harvard Library to provide the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with comprehensive access over time to all of these materials.

Learn more about our contributions to the academic enterprise by visiting us at http://lib.harvard.edu/about-us and about the Harvard University community athttp://hr.harvard.edu/why-harvard.

The Harvard Library is a proud member of the ACRL Diversity Alliance.

Department:Harvard Library - Houghton LibraryPre-Employment Screening:Criminal, Education, IdentityJob Function:Library Duties & Responsibilities:


Harvard University's Administrative Fellowship Program is one of the cornerstones of our diversity and inclusion efforts. We seek to attract talented professionals, and in particular members of historically underrepresented groups, to promote leadership opportunities and careers in higher education. The University encourages applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds and others who may contribute to the diversity of Harvard’s leadership. To this end, the Administrative Fellowship Program offers a twelve-month talent management experience complemented by a professional development program. Please visit the program's website [https://hr.harvard.edu/administrative-fellows-program] for more details.


Houghton Library is pleased to offer a two-year Harvard Library Diversity Fellowship to immerse a rising leader in the library and archives profession in a wide variety of activities related to the management of a world class repository of rare books, manuscripts, archives, and other rare and unique library materials. Over the course of the two years, the Fellow will be exposed to and make contributions to the major functions of the library including scholarly communication, public programs, researcher services, and other areas as opportunities present themselves. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to meet and work with curators, librarians and archivists in other libraries that comprise the Arts and Special Collections of the Harvard College.

A signature project will be core to the Fellow’s experience. The incumbent will primarily work with the editorial team for the Harvard Library Bulletin (HLB), a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Houghton Library on behalf of Harvard Library. This position will allow the Fellow to develop expertise in scholarly communication, an area of rising emphasis in librarianship which is predicted to grow as an increasing number of university libraries assume responsibility for scholarly publishing and university presses.


Scholarly Communication

  • Join the editorial team of the Harvard Library Bulletin. Collaborates with colleagues to relaunch the HLB as an online, open access journal, forming and stewardship of a new advisory board, working with colleagues in the Arts and Special Collections of Harvard College Library to expand the scope of the HLB’s content and increase its contributor-base, and in managing submissions, the peer-review process, and image copyrights and permissions.

  • Edit other print and multimedia publications as required, and help maintain Houghton’s social media calendar, generating compelling and coherent content across the library’s different social channels.

  • Coordinates with librarians, editors and other scholarly communication professionals at the library and across campus.

Scholarly & Public Programs

  • Contribute to planning and execution of programs, such as lectures, symposia, conferences, tours and outreach events.

Public Services

  • Help facilitate researcher access to collections in the Reading Room, monitoring their use, and providing reference and instruction.

  • Partner with instructors to contribute to Houghton’s object-based teaching program, as expertise and time allow.

  • Engages with the profession through local and national conferences and events.

School/Unit:Harvard Library 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.