Repository Manager

Cambridge, MA
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Created: August 19, 2013


The Harvard Library's Office for Scholarly Communication is looking for a technically-savvy and charismatic Repository Manager with a passion for democratizing access to knowledge.

As part of our team of librarians, scholars, and software engineers, you will work on the cutting edge of the open access movement to make academic research produced at Harvard and elsewhere available to anyone, throughout the world, free of charge.

This position is part technical; you will work closely with software developers to maintain and improve our repository, and research new technological directions for tools to support open access.  But it also has a big education and outreach component; working closely with the program manager, you will serve as a front-line representative of the OSC to help increase the awareness and visibility of open access issues within and beyond the University.

Your responsibilities will include:
  • Facilitate deposits into DASH, Harvard's central open-access repository (based on the open-source Dspace platform)
  • Expand the content and reach of DASH
  • Continuously improve repository workflow, data quality, and reporting tools
  • Create new programs and outreach across the University including work with Open Access Liaisons group to support faculty at individual schools
  • Educate faculty, faculty assistants, graduate and undergraduate students and library staff about Open Access
  • Conduct user needs analysis, product evaluation, selection, customization, testing, implementation and support
  • Identify key operational/service problems and use judgment to identify solutions
  • Hire and supervise administrative assistant; students; interns, etc.  Assist with writing performance reviews and managing career development opportunities
  • Research, recommend, and test new technology
  • Write and edit communication, reports, web sites
  • Assist with problem resolution and performance management for websites 
Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor degree required or equivalent education or work experience
  • Minimum of four - five years of library or academic experience required
  • Master in Library Science required or equivalent graduate degree
  • General knowledge of copyright laws and fair use required
  • Excellent communication – both verbal and written required
  • Proficiency with web authoring tools and other Internet and database applications required
  • Working knowledge of library metadata standards required 
Additional Qualifications
  • Understanding of library systems in academic settings preferred
  • Demonstrated advanced working knowledge of specialized library operations; e.g. technical processing, record management, circulation or conservation
  • Generally requires reading knowledge or competency with one or more foreign languages
  • Strong analytical and communication skills required
  • Strong Microsoft office Suite and web editing skills
  • Some Unix scripting ability preferred
  • Frequent use of a computer keyboard and mouse 
Additional Information  The Harvard Library Office for Scholarly Communication was formed in 2008 with a charge to the Library from the Harvard Provost to spearhead campus-wide initiatives to open, share, and preserve scholarship.The OSC benefits from the oversight of a University-wide faculty advisory committee that provides advice on specific programs and policies.

With support from OSC, open-access policies are now in place in most of the Harvard schools. These policies were voted on by the faculty and grant an automatic license to Harvard for scholarly articles authored by faculty members.

Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard (DASH) is the University wide, open-access, repository used to house articles that fall under the faculty open access policies. Visitors to DASH can locate, read, and use up-to-the-minute scholarship from Harvard. DASH is crawled by search engines and indexes so a broad range of communities have the ability to discover materials in DASH. Faculty, or faculty assistants, have the ability to submit articles directly to DASH. Articles can also be emailed to OSC or faculty can request a student to help with the process.

OSC is undertaking many other activities related to open access, including online distribution of PhD dissertations, and education and outreach to faculty on the importance of the policies and the procedures for supporting them. To learn more about OSC, please visit:

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