| Harvard University seeks a progressive, user-centered, and innovative librarian to provide leadership for the Fine Arts Library, one of the leading libraries in the world for the study of art, architecture, and visual culture from antiquity to the present. Reporting to the Director of Arts and Special Collections of the Harvard College Library, the Herman and Joan Suit Librarian leads and manages the staff, budget, operations, and programs that support a diverse array of research and teaching activities centered in the Fine Arts Library's collection of books, journals, visual resources, special collections, and other materials. The Librarian represents the Fine Arts Library to individuals and groups of faculty, students, researchers, donors, the arts community, the media, and other external constituents. The successful incumbent will possess broad knowledge of art history; enthusiasm for working with faculty and students; proclivity for adopting new technologies that will improve access to and use of the Fine Arts Library holdings; and a collaborative and collegial outlook and spirit. |
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
See the Additional Information section for more duties and responsibilities.
- Leads and manages the Fine Arts Library by developing, articulating, and implementing strategic vision and directions, overseeing day-to-day operations and special projects, establishing priorities, and coordinating work with units in the Harvard Library and other groups on campus.
- Supervises and develops a staff of eight professional librarians and library assistants, as well as project staff, interns, and students dedicated to Fine Arts Library activities.
- Builds strong relationships with faculty and students to learn about research and teaching on campus and to align acquisition of library materials and resources with current academic priorities.
- Manages the Library operating budget (ca. $4.8 million).
- Collaborates with managers and staff in Arts and Special Collections of the Harvard College Library and several Harvard Library departments including Access Services; Administration; Communications; Facilities; Financial Planning and Analysis; Information and Technical Services; and Preservation, Conservation, and Digital Imaging.
- Develops, coordinates, implements, and regularly updates an evolving and forward-looking strategy for collection development of library materials that encompasses a wide range of materials and formats, advances an intentional approach for unique and distinctive materials, and works in coordination with other libraries, networks, and organizations such as Ivy Plus and HathiTrust.
- Provides leadership for the teaching, library, and information management objectives of the University and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, including open access, online education, and business models that minimize barriers to students' and scholars' access to information.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities:
Founded in 1638, Harvard has a rich legacy of libraries that continues into the 21st century. In total there are over 70 libraries at Harvard that comprise the Harvard library system, with combined holdings of over 16 million items. More than 11 million of those items are part of the collection of a centrally administered unit within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that is referred to as the Harvard College Library (HCL). It is comprised of Widener, Lamont, Birkhoff Mathematical, Cabot Science, Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Fine Arts, Harvard-Yenching, Houghton, Loeb Music, Physics Research, and Tozzer libraries and the Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Map Collection, and the Harvard Theatre Collection.
- Stays abreast of trends in art and architectural history, including the specific tools and initiatives that support creative discovery and use of all forms of visual culture. Embraces new technologies that support these efforts.
- Builds and maintains strong collaborative working relationships with staff and libraries that comprise Arts and Special Collections of the Harvard College Library (Eda K. Loeb Music Library, Harvard Film Archive and Houghton Library), and with other Harvard libraries, museums, and research centers including the Frances Loeb Library of the Graduate School of Design, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Villa I Tatti, and the Harvard Art Museum.
- Participates in standing committees, councils, working groups, and other activities in the library and on campus.
- Participates in fundraising and development efforts on behalf of the Fine Arts Library.
- Builds and maintains an active professional and scholarly profile through participation in professional organizations on the regional, national and international level and through research, publication, and/or other activities.
Position will remain posted until filled, however applications will be reviewed beginning Friday January 20, 2017.
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Salary Grade: 059
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary