Librarian/Archivist for Digital Programs

at Harvard Radcliffe Institute (view profile)
Published October 4, 2023
Location Cambridge, MA, Massachusetts
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited college or university
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $66,200
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $108,200
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade 56:


Job Summary:  Reporting to the Head of Digital Collection and Services, the Librarian/Archivist for Digital Programs has shared responsibility for technical program management, digitization and the enabling of data integration across local and external data sources in the Digital Collections and Services unit. The Schlesinger Library contributes to one of the largest shares of special collections book and paper reformatting among dozens of repositories at the largest university library system in the United States. As a result, the Librarian/Archivist for Digital Programs will be responsible for the operation and growth of a highly impactful program for collection access and preservation, contribute to the management of a mature technical program, and help set strategy for the future of digital services at Schlesinger.

The incumbent in this position will manage a large digitization program to reformat bibliographic and manuscript materials, serve as a repository liaison to internal Harvard units (example, Digital Preservation and Imaging Services) and act as a point of contact to external contractors.  They will collaborate and work with an inclusive team in Digital Collections and Services and other Schlesinger units. They will also participate in working groups at Schlesinger, Radcliffe, and the Harvard Library to improve programs and services in a fast-paced, scholarly, research-library environment.

Position Description :
  • Manages small and large digital collections projects to ensure they are completed properly and in a timely manner.
  • Manages digitization of manuscript and print materials including preparation, delivery, quality control and assessment.
  • Collaborates with librarians, archivists, and staff to improve access to digital collections.
  • Explores and implements emerging trends and best practices in digital collection creation and management.      Maintains the Library’s digital resources by imaging, storing, reviewing, and delivery of the collections in an online environment including web archives. This work uses relevant Harvard Library-wide discovery, preservation, storage, and delivery systems.
  • Assists and consults with Schlesinger Library staff on digitization and other technical library problems and projects.  Collects and organizes statistics about Schlesinger’s digital programs and services, assists in annual report writing, and maintaining local databases.
  • Participates in the formulation, writing, and implementation of grants.
  • Collaborates with members of the department and archivists at the library to manage the lifecycle of born-digital records: for instance, may participate in web archiving.
  • May chair and participate on committees at Schlesinger and at Harvard and builds community with other digital collections librarians and archivists.
  • Performs other duties as assigned such as participating on exhibition committees and working at the reference desk weekly.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • May supervise the work of student employees and other contingent workers.
  • Carries out supervisory responsibilities according to the Institute’s/University’s management policies, procedures, and any applicable laws.
  • Supervisory responsibilities may include a combination of hiring and training, planning, assigning, and managing work through completion.
Basic Qualifications :
  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited college or university.
  • 1-2 years’ experience post-MLS experience with digital projects
  • Demonstrated experience with technology-focused project management; organizational skills with attention to detail, completing projects on budget/deadline, problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

·       Experience in an archives or special collections setting.

·       Experience with book and paper digital reformatting operations.

·       Experience using metadata in bibliographic, archival, and digital records.

·       Knowledge of Filemaker, ArchivesSpace and/or Aeon.

·       Knowledge of Windows and Unix server management and maintenance.

·       Interest in digital humanities, American and women’s history, and the history of civil rights and social justice