| Harvard Library is a four-year old organization embedded in a four-centuries' old institution. Following a transformative change in 2012, which 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. The Harvard Library is 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 to grow in new ways which revolutionize the engagement of library staff in research, teaching, and learning. The largest university library in the world, Harvard Library administers a budget of over $175 million and a staff of over 700.|
The Associate University Librarian for Research and Education oversees a broad portfolio of responsibilities, including Access Services; Learning and Teaching Services in the Harvard College Library; Lamont Library and Maps, Media, Data, and Government Information; Science and Engineering Information Services. The incumbent shapes Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) policy for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and provides leadership in RTL for the 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.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned:
Works closely with instructional technology units throughout Harvard to project effectively the library's resources and services within a quickly evolving and increasingly online infrastructure for teaching, learning, and research. Linking the traditional research collections that remain the Library's most distinguishing feature with the University's learning platforms is a continuing and central challenge. The programs of research services and instruction are continuously evolving and the opportunities for collaboration are numerous.
See additional duties and responsibilities in the "Additional Information" section below.
Duties and Responsibilities continued:
Specific programs to ensure ongoing communication with individual academic departments and a variety of user constituencies—first year undergraduates to upperclassmen preparing senior theses; teaching fellows and international students; graduate students and visiting scholars; research programs and centers—are crucial as well. Accordingly, devising appropriate measures of performance and assessment for the entire range of research and instructional services is a critical responsibility.
In collaboration with the VP for the Harvard Library and the Library Leadership Team, the AUL shares in Library-wide planning, policy development, resource allocation, and personnel management; contributes to the development of strategic initiatives; and plays a key role in developing a shared vision for the Library's future. Library leaders are also expected to promote teamwork, diversity, and inclusiveness.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
There are no notable physical demands associated with this position.
WORK ENVIRONMENT The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work associated with this position is performed in an office setting.
In the course of 375 years, Harvard's Library has grown from a single collection of 400 volumes to a 73-unit library system whose holdings include nearly 17 million volumes, more than 21 million digital files, 10 million microforms, 8 million photographs, and an estimated 400 million manuscript items.
For additional information visit the Harvard Library web site at: http://lib.harvard.edu/about-us
Salary Grade: 062
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary