Hours: 35 hours per week, Monday- Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, a research center supporting scholarship in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies, seeks a Pre-Columbian Studies Librarian. The Pre-Columbian Studies program at Dumbarton Oaks welcomes an international cohort of scholars for residential fellowships annually as well as other researchers utilizing the collections. The Pre-Columbian Studies Librarian develops in-depth collections supporting scholarship relating to Pre-Columbian Central and South American cultures with historical emphases on art, archeology, and related fields. Pre-Columbian library collections encompass current scholarship, rare books, manuscripts, and photographic documentation.
Duties and Responsibilities
Evaluates, selects, and curates collections including monographs, serials, archival collections, and rare books in Pre-Columbian studies
Provides research support to resident Fellows, Dumbarton Oaks staff, and visiting scholars
Collaborates with the Reader Services Librarian in responding to reference inquiries
Identifies digitization priorities for Pre-Columbian library collections
Advises projects involving Pre-Columbian collections, including collection management, preservation, and reformatting
Prepares exhibitions, both on-site and online, using the library’s collections
Represents the Dumbarton Oaks Library to external professional and scholarly constituencies
Performs related duties as needed
ALA-accredited MLS or foreign equivalent, or PhD in a field relevant to Pre-Columbian studies. 3-5 years of experience in an academic or research library. Demonstrated interest and engagement with trends and practices in academic libraries. Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly trends and practices in Pre-Columbian Studies. Strong knowledge of Pre-Columbian art history, archaeology, and the bibliography of these fields. Fluency in English and Spanish.
Experience working on Digital Humanities projects. Demonstrated involvement in national or international programs or initiatives. Demonstrated active involvement in professional or scholarly associations. Working knowledge of additional western European languages. Strong commitment to user-centered services. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Proven ability to work independently and in a collaborative environment.
Accepting applications until April 24, 2019. Please forward résumé and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications by clicking the link below. This position is open until filled.
Dumbarton Oaks is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
About Dumbarton Oaks
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection is the legacy of Robert and Mildred Woods Bliss to Harvard University and to the humanities. The multiple aspects of the Blisses’ gift include historic gardens and buildings, world-class collections for researchers and the public to enjoy, and generous support for fellowships and scholarly endeavors on the local, national, and international levels.
Our mission is, first, to maintain what we have been entrusted by the Blisses to preserve. Second, to support the pursuit of the humanities as a whole, with particular focus on the disciplines of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies. Third, to honor the intention of the donors by achieving the greatest mutual advantage between Harvard and Dumbarton Oaks. Fourth, to serve the larger public through the museum, garden, and Friends of Music.