The Harvard Law School Library in partnership with the Harvard Library is seeking a Resident Reference Librarian. This residency offers the opportunity to participate with the ACRL Diversity Alliance and Harvard's Administrative Fellowship Program, which strives to attract talented early career librarians, and in particular, members of historically underrepresented groups, to provide meaningful professional working experience and cultivate the professional goals and interests of the resident. Additionally, in the first year, through the Administrative Fellows Program, currently in its 29th year of operation, offer residents the opportunity to work in an academic environment complemented by a career development program. This is a two-year residency beginning September, 2019.
Under the general direction of the Manager for Research Services, the resident works as a team member providing reference and research services in law and law-related disciplines, via print and electronic formats, to faculty and students of Harvard Law School, and to a broader research community.
The resident will participate in the day to day collection development activities of the Law Library with an emphasis on aligning the resident's interests and skills to collection development opportunities or projects in that area. The resident will work closely with selectors to participate in evaluating and selecting resources for acquisition. Other project-based work will entail weeding, collection assessment, and e-resources management. The fellow will report on an as need project basis to the Associate Director of Collections or his designee.
In addition, over the course of two years, the resident will have the opportunity to work on projects in other departments of the library which may include: the library as publisher with our Library Innovation Lab (LIL), working with manuscript collections in our Historical & Special Collections department, exploring new ways to manage digitization and working with our administrative team on special projects will provide a breadth of experience. The library will support the development and completion of a substantial project related to the shared interests of the resident and the library.
Provide coordinated reference and research services to Harvard law library patrons
Work closely with the school's students, including helping with orientation support and acting as a liaison to various law school student communities
Teach research concepts and skills both in and out of the classroom
Participate in the development of instructional materials
Develop and maintain research guides
As a member of the research team work with HLS journals and clinics
Participate in evaluating and selecting resources for acquisition in all formats
Participate in collections analysis and weeding projects
Participate in collections-oriented committees and working groups both within Harvard Law School Library and Harvard Libraries
Assist in E-Resource management and acquisitions
Coordinate evaluation of vendor offers to the Harvard Law School Library;
Prepare and present information to appropriate library groups to help inform collection decisions
Participate in library outreach, communications and social media
Work on projects with other departments based on fellow's interest and institutional needs
Actively continues ongoing professional development, including maintaining a high degree of expertise in many facets of research service including information technology, knowledge of legal and law-related information sources, sources for business and corporate information, and instructional methods
Serves on local and University-wide committees
ADMINISTRATIVE FELLOWS PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
In your cover letter, please write a Statement of Purpose/Interest that briefly describes your professional and academic interests as related to employment with Harvard University, and more broadly, the field of Higher Education and how participation in the Administrative Fellowship Program can help advance these interests. Be sure to explain:
1. Why you are seeking a Fellowship 2. What you hope to gain from the experience 3. How you might contribute to the hiring department
Diversity & Inclusion at the Harvard Library
Across 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 invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities 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.
Harvard Library inspires collaboration, reflection, experimentation, and discovery connecting users to related disciplines and to University-wide teaching resources. The Library engages users through curated discovery, digital collections, reimagined physical space, and specialized research support. Today, Harvard Library's holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding access to digital resources. Harvard Library provides the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with exceptional experiences and comprehensive access to these materials.
The Harvard Library is a proud member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.
Salary Grade: 056
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree in library/information science
Minimum of two years of professional library experience
Demonstrated commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Interest in academic libraries
Experience working effectively on a collaborative team or group project.
Demonstrated clear and effective written and verbal communication
Ability to exercise sound judgment in the implementation of library policies, practices, and priorities.
Interest or experience in law or law librarianship
Ability to read more than one language desired, but not necessary
Demonstrated experience working directly with customers/patrons
Enthusiasm for learning and trying new things
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: 49377BR
About Harvard University Library
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.