Under the supervision of the Public Services Librarian, the Reference Archivist has primary responsibility for providing on-site and remote reference services and bibliographic instruction to faculty, students, researchers, visiting scholars, and the general public for manuscript collections and the archival records of the Harvard Medical School, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, as well as other collections held by the Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine. The Reference Archivist participates in the regular supervision of the reading room and reference desk; assists researchers in accessing both traditional print and electronic resources available locally and beyond Harvard; consults with library clientele on research problems; recommends appropriate tools and methodologies for discovering materials appropriate to their research; and provides research support for Center initiatives. The Reference Archivist also assists in developing public programming and outreach activities (including serving on Harvard University Library and Longwood campus committees), including research and installation assistance for exhibits; conducting tours and leading orientation sessions; supporting classroom programs and liaising with students; maintaining usage and user study statistics; and maintaining and developing content for websites and other promotional and publicity-related materials. Additionally, the Reference Archivist will serve as the Center's liaison to the Office of Human Research Administration Institutional Review Board and the Office of the Dean to facilitate the use of access-protected records as appropriate.
Harvard offers an outstanding benefits package including:
Time Off: 3 - 4 weeks paid vacation, paid holiday break, 12 paid sick days, 11.5 paid holidays, and 3 paid personal days per year.
Medical/Dental/Vision: We offer a variety of excellent medical plans, dental & vision plans, all coverage begins as of your start date.
Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with full vesting after 3 years of service.
Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive tuition assistance program, $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and discounted options through participating Harvard grad schools.
Transportation: Harvard offers a 50% discounted MBTA pass as well as additional options to assist employees in their daily commute.
Wellness options: Harvard offers programs and classes at little or no cost, including stress management, massages, nutrition, meditation, and complementary health services.
Harvard access to athletic facilities, libraries, campus events and many discounts throughout metro Boston.
The Harvard Medical School is not able to provide visa sponsorship for this position.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent accredited advanced degree in a related discipline, such as History (preferably in the history of medicine or science). Minimum of two years of relevant experience providing reference services in an archival repository or library special collections unit, preferably in an academic setting.
Strong public services background with experience providing reference and research services and advanced knowledge of print and electronic reference sources. Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to work successfully in a collaborative, team-based environment. Demonstrated ability to manage workflow and multiple tasks; attention to detail; negotiation and problem-solving skills. Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language preferred, as is broad knowledge of American, modern European culture and history or history of medicine and science. Must be able to lift 40 pounds and work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: 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, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Internal Number: 46898BR
About Harvard University
Harvard University is devoted to excellence in teaching, learning, and research, and to developing leaders in many disciplines who make a difference globally. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world. The University has twelve degree-granting Schools in addition to the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, offering a truly global education. Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States.