The Critical Pedagogy Research Librarian (CPRL) is responsible for providing critical research and curriculum support for the diverse community of learners at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). With the aim to build more inclusive and equitable HGSE learning environments, the CPRL encourages the integration of critical information literacy philosophies within Gutman Library's instruction and research services. Reporting to HGSE Gutman Library's Associate Director for Student Academic Services, the CPRL uses critical pedagogy to guide colleagues to rethink the expectations and goals commonly instilled within library instruction, research services, assessment, program design, and collection development.
The Critical Pedagogy Research Librarian serves as an active member of Gutman Library's Research Services Team and the larger Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) Team. The position leverages critical pedagogies to interpret the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the RUSA Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers.
Critical Pedagogy Duties
Understand the historical dimensions of civil rights, disability rights, human rights, and Indigenous rights to support students, faculty, staff, and alumni in their library-based research.
Apply knowledge of critical race theory, feminist theory, postcolonial theory, postmodern theory, and queer theory to a wide array of responsibilities, including but not limited to collection development, digital scholarship curation, library instruction, research assistance, and scholarly communication support.
Work in conjunction with all Gutman Library team members to continuously improve learning and adoption of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging across all facets of the organization.
Provide expertise and research support for HGSE, Gutman Library, Harvard Library, and university-wide initiatives that deconstruct the problems of white supremacy, structural racism, global economic inequality, and gender-based oppression.
Research Services Duties
Serve as the liaison to the Human Development and Education Ed.M. program and to the equity and opportunity courses.
Consult with and instruct library users in devising research strategies.
Identify appropriate research materials to use within consultations and instruction.
Provide library instruction via research consultations, reference queries, and curriculum-integrated classes.
Develop instructional materials, including LibGuides, online learning objects, and other forms of curricular content.
Collaborate with colleagues and stakeholders to improve library services and programs through data-driven and research-based assessment methodologies.
Promote research services across the HGSE community.
Participate in programs and initiatives to support user outreach.
Represent Gutman Library on HGSE and Harvard Library committees.
Work closely with the Gutman Library Learning Design team to lead projects related to user research, needs analysis, and instructional design.
Participate in the design, development, and implementation of program and service assessment activities.
Share in the management of teaching research data discovery, interpretation, and visualization.
The Critical Pedagogy and Research Librarian should possess:
An active awareness and broad understanding of current issues in education-focused reference, instruction, and scholarly communication.
Ability to effectively communicate these issues to HGSE faculty, staff, students, and other members of the University community.
Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral skills, including presentation and teaching skills.
Careful attention to detail and rigor in documentation.
Proficiency in citation management tools (e.g. Zotero, EndNote, etc.)
A professional service trajectory related to the position's duties and responsibilities.
HGSE is a diverse community of learners, teachers, and employees who are passionate about changing the world through education and striving for maximum impact in the field of education.
HGSE Human Resources values diversity in all forms, and believes that each employee brings a set of diverse experiences and identities to the workplace that makes us stronger, encourages innovation, and enhances our collective contributions. We continue to develop and support a workforce that reflects the diversity of those we serve; fosters an environment that allows each individual to belong and to bring their best self to work; and creates the conditions that empower employees to contribute their full potential to advancing the work of the school. We do this by:
Hiring and retaining staff reflecting the diversity of those we serve;
Providing employees opportunities to learn, grow, and be challenged;
Reviewing and ensuring fairness and equity in HR practices and policies including but not limited to hiring, promotion, and compensation;
Developing strong relationships and partnerships internal and external to our community to advance diversity and inclusion;
Communicating transparently and respectfully; and
Fostering an inclusive, respectful, and professional work environment
We regret that the Harvard Graduate School of Education does not provide Visa sponsorship.
About the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Many choose to work at the Harvard Graduate School of Education because they believe in our mission and are excited by our vision for the future. We have a reputation as a great place to work, for our excellent leadership, and we are a strong community that values diversity. For more information about HGSE, its programs, research, and faculty, please visit: www.gse.harvard.edu
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree in library or information science, or an equivalent graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program.
Minimum two years' reference and instruction experience in an academic or research library environment.
Experience working with a diverse community and commitment to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) within the curriculum and across the community.
Applicants wishing to be considered must submit a cover letter in addition to their CV.
Second graduate degree or an undergraduate degree closely related to adolescent studies, child development, counselor education, critical race theory, educational psychology, ethnic studies, human development, or sociology.
Knowledge of education, psychology, or other social science information resources.
Demonstrated skill and comfort in preparing and conducting library instruction.
Knowledge of altmetrics, bibliometrics, digital literacy, and information literacy.
Ability to create and maintain a scholarly research agenda related to the position's duties and responsibilities.
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: 52906BR
About Harvard University Graduate School of Education
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.