Collections Strategist and Scholarly Communications Librarian

Cambridge, MA
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Created: May 28, 2015


Collections Strategist and Scholarly Communications Librarian
(Harvard University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Massachusetts)
School/Unit Harvard Graduate School of Education
Job Function Library Time
Status Full-time
Department Gutman Library Salary Grade 058 Union 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities

Reporting to the Director and Librarian of the Monroe C. Gutman Library and in support of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) mission, the Collections Strategist and Scholarly Communications Librarian leads the evaluation of collections and content needs throughout HGSE, strategically builds the collections and content for the Gutman Library and coordinates relationships with the Harvard Library in the areas of collections and scholarly communications.

The librarian engages with the HGSE community and applies knowledge about the HGSE curricula and research to stewarding the Gutman Library collection in support of the teaching, research and learning of the immediate and broader education community of scholars and educators. The librarian develops the direction and scope of the collection, evaluates and analyzes collections on a continuous basis, formulates policies, and manages the collections budget.

This position selects materials for the collections, including electronic resources, data, media, images and other types, to ensure a leading, intellectually relevant and future-minded collection and collaborates with other collection development librarians across Harvard's schools in cooperative purchasing efforts. Working as a team with research and teaching, and public services managers, the librarian contributes to daily management of Gutman Library and its services.

  • Plans collection development strategies and policies and serves as principal resource on collection development issues and selection.
  • Engages with the HGSE community regarding library resources and their uses in teaching and research.
  • Educates HGSE community on scholarly communication including open access, the Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) repository and liaises with Harvard Library's Office of Scholarly Communication. Member of the Library Services Coordination Team with Access, Technical and Public Services colleagues.
  • Uses assessment methods, analyzes current and retrospective collection strength and makes recommendations for programmatic change in the collections and builds the collection in designated areas.
  • Manages the materials budget for Gutman Library and reviews spending on a bi-weekly to monthly basis and coordinates budget management with the Shared Services Acquisitions, Serial and E-Resources, and Financial Departments, releasing funds as needed.
  • Represents Gutman Library in cooperative collection development efforts across Harvard and other institutions.
  • Oversees the Distinguished Authors Series of book talks Partners with IT to develop and promote data management solutions.
  • Represents the Library on Harvard Library and external committees, councils and project teams. Responsible for gifts of library materials.
  • Collaborates with research and public services on collection uses and research needs.
  • Participates in library outreach programs within Harvard and beyond.
  • Supervises Collection Development student assistants. May supervise 1-2 staff.

  • Keeps current in ongoing developments in the profession.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 
Basic Qualifications
  • Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent advanced degree
  • Minimum 3 years library experience
  • Ability to work effectively and collegially with faculty, students, staff and external associates
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member in a fast paced environment and collaborate effectively in a diverse academic community
  • Understanding of the scholarly research environment
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends in scholarly communication, publishing, research, and information technology
  • Physical demands: Ability to lift a minimum of 40 lbs.

Additional Qualifications
  • Second Master's degree or Ph.D in a relevant subject area preferred Excellent communication skills 
Additional Information Please attach resume and cover letter as one document. 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 which values diversity.

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