Reporting to the Visual Resources Librarian, this position is responsible for research support, outreach, and collaboration, through visual materials in the field of Islamic art and architecture, to faculty, students, and researchers. Working in a patron-oriented service environment, this position provides assistance in all aspects of research, teaching, and learning with Islamic visual materials held the Fine Arts Library, as well as with related online resources. Visual materials collections in the Fine Arts Library document all aspects of Islamic art and architecture in all formats, including digital images, 35mm and glass lantern slides for teaching, historic photographs and albums, illustrated publications, postcards, and ephemera. Additional responsibilities include implementation of appropriate and forward-looking image metadata schemes, digital access, participation in collection development and management, and assisting in the development and promotion of Fine Arts Library resources and services. The incumbent works closely with the Bibliographer in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and the Photographic Resources Librarian in the Fine Arts Library, as well as the faculty and staff of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Collection Management, Development, and Access:
Acquires, evaluates, and identifies visual resources in all formats for the FAL's image teaching and research collection in Islamic art and architecture.
Works with AKPIA and other faculty members, students, fellows, and visiting scholars to set collection priorities based on research and curricular needs.
Works with the Visual Resources Librarian to coordinate and prioritize production of different digital products (scanning, uploading, cataloging) to ensure timely service to users.
Coordinates workflow and quality control of digitization of Islamic collection materials, working closely with Harvard imaging staff or designated outside vendors, as directed.
Provides intellectual control for Islamic visual materials in ARTstor Shared Shelf and other catalogues, including collaboration with other staff to establish best practices and authority control, as well as the application of innovative methodologies for efficiency in metadata creation.
Together with the Visual Resources Librarian, develops long-range objectives for Islamic visual image collections and plans and implements projects involving the digitization and/or publication of Islamic visual materials.
In collaboration with the AKPIA Bibliographer and the FAL Photographic Resources Librarian, assists in the assessment and selection of historic photographs and other visual materials in the Fine Arts Library's collection for digitization, preservation, or special projects.
Reference and instructional support:
Provides research services for visual materials in Islamic art and architectural history for faculty, students, and researchers throughout the University community.
Selects and provides images in appropriate formats for teaching and other visual resources for classroom lectures and course websites.
Provides individual and group research support including in-class workshops and personalized instruction.
Assists faculty and students in integrating visual and presentation technologies in lectures, course websites.
Prepares online research guides, reference tools, and finding aids for Islamic visual materials.
Assists with image research and provides images, as needed, for Muqarnas and other Harvard and MIT AKPIA publications.
Advises users on copyright and intellectual property issues regarding image reproduction and publication.
Collaborates with the Fine Arts Library staff in reviewing, developing, and promoting patron-oriented services offered by the library.
See more duties and responsibilities in the Additional Information section
Position will remain posted until filled, however applications will be reviewed beginning August 23, 2017.
Duties and Responsibilities continued:
Collaboration and outreach:
Collaborates with diverse Harvard colleagues including the Loeb Design Library, Near Eastern Languages and Civilization, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program.
Collaborates with AKPIA Documentation Center at MIT, Archnet, and other external initiatives on the creation and sharing of metadata, content, and services for users of visual materials on Islamic art and architecture.
Works with other Harvard groups supporting interdisciplinary and digital scholarship, e.g., DASH, CGA, metaLab, and Digital Humanities, to develop content and research/teaching opportunities.
Seeks and collaborates with other stakeholders to develop projects for access to and dissemination of Islamic visual culture.
Serves with the Visual Resources Librarian on University-wide library working groups for image metadata tools and standards, as needed.
Collaborates in the creation of online and physical exhibits of related Fine Arts Library materials such as illustrated books, albums, photographs, and postcards, etc.
Contributes to the promotion of Fine Arts Library materials related to the Islamic world, using social media tools, online exhibition platforms, and emerging technologies.
Supervises year-round student employees and temporary/project staff (as needed) in the processing, description, indexing, and dissemination of Islamic visual materials in all formats
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Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
Master's degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience
3-5 years of academic library experience or equivalent experience
Graduate study in the history of art and architecture related to the study of the Islamic world, or the equivalent combination of education, experience, and/or background
Familiarity with at least one Middle Eastern language (Turkish, Persian, Arabic), with willingness to develop competency with additional Middle Eastern languages
Expertise in image metadata standards and online data creation and access Well-developed computer skills including databases, digital image file management, presentation tools, and social media
Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills Working knowledge of western European languages, especially French, German, and Italian
Knowledge of the historic and contemporary fields of Islamic art and architecture and historical study and their constituent disciplines.
Familiarity with other archival collection projects related to visual culture and history of the Middle East
Demonstrated expertise with Excel, Word, Powerpoint, Photoshop, Bridge, Shared Shelf, and content management systems
Ability to use a computer, monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
Ability to lift and move objects and boxes up to 20lbs.
All duties are accomplished in a library/office/classroom environment.
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