Librarian, Philosophy Department Library, Harvard University, Cambridge MA

Job Description

Manage and oversee the Philosophy Department library.  Evaluate and organize existing library materials and cull out-of-date resources to enhance and improve library's functionality; liaise with technical services group to make sure that new materials are cataloged in a timely fashion; assess journal subscription memberships; make acquisition recommendations to faculty and follow up on faculty acquisition recommendations; develop library operations and procedures including cataloging policy; determine upgrades to technological equipment including access to electronic source material;  provide relevant administrative support to faculty in terms of locating and assembling material for course reserves in both print and electronic format; supervise/train student workers; related tasks as needed.  Work with chair to develop and promote library's offerings and resources and explore new media and technology to assist in research, teaching and learning needs of faculty/students/staff. Maintain the physical space making sure the library is neat and presentable. Participate at the larger Harvard library level to connect Robbins with other collections and staff across the university. At research/reference level provide services to department faculty/students/staff and other users of the Robbins collection including provision of research instructions to enhance research skills for all users. Maintain research guide "Philosophy Resources at Harvard."


The librarian is also the Webmaster for Department of Philosophy web site.  Technical expertise also required to assist faculty in setting up course web sites, faculty web pages and assist department faculty and staff with department internet needs.


Required skills.  MA or MS in library science and at least 2-4 years of library work experience.  Demonstrated efficiency in Word and Excel; working knowledge and experience with HTML and Dreamweaver or other web template.  Must be conversant in both contemporary and future trends of library management/scholarship AND tradition media and research methods.


Preferred: Experience working with data bases including Filemaker and Microsoft Access, experience in academic setting, and background/experience with academic research in the humanities.


This is a 28 hour/week position. The librarian reports to the department chair.  Position start date is Wednesday, August 21.


Resume and Cover Letter required


Job application must be online through Harvard University:

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