Harvard University Librarian for Tozzer Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts

46199BRAuto req ID:46199BRJob Code:386058 Library Manager Location:USA - MA - Cambridge Business Title:Librarian for Tozzer LibrarySub-Unit:------------ Salary Grade:058Time Status:Full-time Union:00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary Basic Qualifications:

  • MLS from an ALA accredited graduate program required.

  • Minimum of 5 years of professional library experience required.

  • Knowledge of at least one Western European language besides English.

  • Experience in the effective use of research tools (scholarly resources, citation management tools, etc.).

  • Experience with on-line integrated library catalogs, basic desktop and Internet applications, including MS Office.

  • Academic background in the Humanities and the Social Sciences.

Additional Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated effective organizational skills, to set priorities and develop efficient workflows.

  • Strong public service orientation.

  • Subject knowledge and expertise in subject-specific research resources in the following academic disciplines: Anthropology and Archaeology, and Women's Studies.

  • Demonstrated ability to develop a deep knowledge of the collections specific to the Tozzer Library and related collections.

  • Willingness and facility to work with materials in a variety of languages.

  • Ability to communicate well with faculty, staff, and users at all levels and from diverse backgrounds

  • Ability to take initiative, set goals, and manage fluid projects and priorities in a fast-paced environment.

  • Knowledge of best practices and current methods in pedagogy and reference/research services.

  • Evidence of creativity, and imaginative approaches to work

  • Adaptability and flexibility to work collaboratively, participate in a team environment, and succeed in an environment of constant change.

  • Excellent critical thinking, interpersonal, and communication skills (verbal and written).

  • Knowledge of current research practices and experience in the effective applications of technology in research and education.

  • Interest in continuing education desirable

Additional Information:

Duties and Responsibilities continued:

Serves as Liaison to the Department of Anthropology, the Peabody Museum, and Dumbarton Oaks, and as Co- Liaison to the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology and the Committee on Degrees in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality:

  • In support of Tozzer Library, creates outreach programs, library learning initiatives, and documentation, including floor maps, library guides, website content, and other online learning tools.

  • Collaborates closely with archivists, curators, bibliographers and other library and museum colleagues, including the Peabody Museum, in delivering research support and in teaching programs.

Prepares and manages Tozzer Library budget.

Oversees collections in all formats and locations.

  • Selects materials in traditional and emerging formats, and monitors approval plans.

  • Promotes cooperative initiatives for collaborative collection development across Harvard and with other institutional partners.

  • Assesses current and future collections needs to support evolving pedagogy and changes in research priorities.

  • Engages with digital and remote resources: availability, discovery, and access.

  • Manages Special Collections (extensive collection of research and primary source materials housed separately in an environmentally safe and secure room).

  • Works with Harvard conservators and preservation staff to determine priorities for treatment of print and multi-media materials, photographs, and digital/reformatting projects.

  • Prepares materials for exhibition, within Harvard and outside Harvard.

Participates in departmental, college, and University programs, as part of collection development and RTL activities.

Serves as liaison on building matters with the Department of Anthropology, the Peabody Museum, and HCL Operations.

Work Environment

  • Work takes place in a library environment.

  • Frequent interruptions can be expected; noise level moderate.

  • Normal work week: Monday –Friday, 9am to 5pm or 8:30am to 4:30pm

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://library.harvard.edu/objectives-priorities and about the Harvard University community at https://hr.harvard.edu/why-harvard.

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

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

The Harvard College Library includes individual service units, such as Tozzer Library, Houghton Library, Fine Arts Library, Lamont Library, and the Harvard-Yenching Library, and programmatically-focused units, such as Services for Academic Programs and several areas studies divisions for collection development in Widener Library.

Tozzer Library is an internationally renowned research library with collections in all subfields of anthropology: cultural and social anthropology, archaeology, biological and physical anthropology, and anthropological linguistics. Staff provide services to faculty, students, and researchers in the Department of Anthropology, the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology, the Peabody Museum, and related academic programs across Harvard, as well as scholars world-wide. The incumbent provides research, teaching, and learning services, including the development and implementation of library programs, online learning tools, and services in support of teaching and learning. The incumbent also oversees Tozzer Library budget and collections, in all formats and locations, including special collections, and serves as primary decision-maker for new acquisitions ($290K in FYI 8), preservation, digitization, and de-accession.


Oversees Tozzer Library budget, research services, and collection development and management:

  • Selects resources in all formats.

  • Manages the collections, on-site and in storage.

  • Provides supp01t for research, teaching, and learning.

  • Manages the Tozzer Library budget.

  • Initiates assessment and planning for library collections and services.

Supports virtual and direct reference services, outreach programs, user-facing technology, and library learning initiatives:

  • Focuses on developing a services program for users (students, faculty, and researchers) supp01ted by Tozzer Library.

  • Offers in-depth research consultations and interprets and resolves complex reference and research questions.

  • Collaborates with library colleagues, teaching faculty, teaching fellows, and academic administrators in order to integrate into the curriculum opportunities for students to discover, critically evaluate, organize, synthesize, build upon, and ethically use information in diverse formats. Promotes the development of research literacy among Harvard's undergraduate and graduate students.

  • Participates in ongoing assessment and support for pedagogical experimentation, knowledge sharing, and innovation.

  • Participates in and assesses teaching and outreach programs of the libraries of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, emphasizing active learning and teaching from Harvard's collections.

Develops and conducts orientations for faculty, students and visiting scholars, including tours, both in-person and virtual, and contributes to the development of e-learning tools. Focuses on the Department of Anthropology, The Peabody Museum, and the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology.

Maintains current awareness of developing trends and investigates and adopts new findings and innovations in:

  • Teaching and learning program development, assessment, pedagogical methods, learning materials, technologies that support and advance teaching and learning in the academic environment.

  • Trends in publication and the dissemination of knowledge in the disciplines, with a focus on anthropology, archaeology, and gender studies.

*See Additional Information section for a continued list of duties and responsibilities.

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