Associate University Librarian for Research and Education
Join Harvard University as the Associate University Librarian for Research and Education, a leader within Harvard Library for research, teaching, and learning services across Harvard's libraries and more closely for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Harvard Library is a four-year old organization embedded in a four-centuries' old institution. Following a transformative change in 2012 that brought together a number of library operations for increased consistency and efficiency, the Library has come together to develop university-wide policies for collections and user services in support of research, teaching, and learning. An exciting library-wide digital strategy is evolving with a strong focus on innovation. Harvard is truly bringing its seventy-three libraries into one library system. Building on its leadership position established through its extraordinary collections, numbering over 20 million volumes, 400 million manuscripts, 10 million photographs, 1 million maps, and tens of millions of digital images, the Harvard Library will grow in new ways that will revolutionize the engagement of library staff in research, teaching, and learning.
The Associate University Librarian for Research and Education oversees a broad portfolio of responsibilities that include Access Services; Learning and Teaching Services in the Harvard College Library; Lamont Library and Maps, Media, Data, and Government Information. The incumbent also shapes Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) policy for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and provides leadership in RTL for the whole of Harvard Library. The AUL also will work closely with the director of the Harvard Graduate School of Education's Monroe C. Gutman Library in support of their mutual interest in teaching and learning.
The Library seeks a creative, innovative individual to advance strategic and visionary programs in support of user services and outreach to the public. Using a data-driven approach, the AUL for Research and Learning applies principles of assessment to develop and enhance the user experience. The AUL works in a highly collaborative manner with members of the Senior Management Team and the Library Leadership Team.
The incumbent oversees a broad range of services associated with all disciplines and levels of use. Librarians from many units and departments collaborate closely with the University's academic departments, cross-disciplinary programs and centers, as well as museums, computing facilities, and other libraries across Harvard's faculties. The AUL for Research and Education represents the Harvard Library in collaborative RTL relationships with Ivy Plus institutions and participates actively in professional organizations and meetings. Likewise, the AUL for Research and Education engages in both national and international instructional and outreach programs with other libraries, organizations, and cultural institutions.
Qualifications for this AUL role include demonstrated progression in increasingly responsible administrative roles in an academic library or research setting, with an expertise in the delivery of user-centered public services; strong leadership skills, including keen analytical and conceptual abilities and demonstrated ability to lead organizational change, inspire innovation, and delegate responsibility appropriately; demonstrated engagement in reference and instructional services, user experience, and assessment of services; and the ability to work creatively, and successfully in a leadership role in promoting communication, teamwork, diversity and inclusiveness in a highly complex organization. A graduate degree in library science or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience is required, with an additional advanced degree in an academic discipline preferred.
Inquiries, nominations, and applications (including cover letter and CV or resume) should be submitted electronically to:
263 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
Harvard is 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, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.