2018-2020 Administrative Library Fellow- MA

Approximate date of posting June 6, 2018

Position: Administrative Fellow (Houghton Library)

  • Eligibility Minimum basic qualifications include an advanced degree in Library Science, Archival Studies, and/or English, History, Art History, Theatre, or other subject areas relevant to the collections of Houghton Library.
  • Up to three years, or equivalent, of work experience in a library, archive, museum, or in publishing
  • Participants must be eligible to work in the United States (visa sponsorship cannot be offered)

Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Company/Organization  Harvard University Houghton Library

Schedule/Hours Full time

Time Frame 2 years Begin in September 2018

Compensation: Minimum $58, 855.00


Description:.  Harvard University’s Administrative Fellowship Program is one of the cornerstones of our diversity and inclusion efforts. We seek to attract talented professionals, and in particular members of historically underrepresented groups, to promote leadership opportunities and careers in higher education. The University encourages applications from individuals from diverse backgrounds and others who may contribute to the diversity of Harvard’s leadership. To this end, the Administrative Fellowship Program offers a twelve-month talent management experience complemented by a professional development program

Houghton Library is pleased to offer a two-year Harvard Library Diversity Fellowship to immerse a rising leader in the library and archives profession in a wide variety of activities related to the management of a world class repository of rare books, manuscripts, archives, and other rare and unique library materials.  Over the course of the two years, the Fellow will be exposed to and make contributions to the major functions of the library including scholarly communication, public programs, researcher services, and other areas as opportunities present themselves. The Fellow will also have the opportunity to meet and work with curators, librarians and archivists in other libraries that comprise the Arts and Special Collections of the Harvard College.
A signature project will be core to the Fellow’s experience. The incumbent will primarily work with the editorial team for the Harvard Library Bulletin (HLB), a peer-reviewed scholarly journal published by Houghton Library on behalf of Harvard Library. This position will allow the Fellow to develop expertise in scholarly communication, an area of rising emphasis in librarianship which is predicted to grow as an increasing number of university libraries assume responsibility for scholarly publishing and university presses.  All fellows will participate in a professional enhancement educational program in addition to a full-time work assignment.

Scholarly Communication

  • Join the editorial team of the Harvard Library Bulletin. Collaborates with colleagues to relaunch the HLBas an online, open access journal, forming and stewardship of a new advisory board, working with colleagues in the Arts and Special Collections of Harvard College Library to expand the scope of the HLB’s content and increase its contributor-base, and in managing submissions, the peer-review process, and image copyrights and permissions.
  • Edit other print and multimedia publications as required, and help maintain Houghton’s social media calendar, generating compelling and coherent content across the library’s different social channels.
  • Coordinates with librarians, editors and other scholarly communication professionals at the library and across campus.

Scholarly & Public Programs

  • Contribute to planning and execution of programs, such as lectures, symposia, conferences, tours and outreach events.

Public Services

  • Help facilitate researcher access to collections in the Reading Room, monitoring their use, and providing reference and instruction.
  • Partner with instructors to contribute to Houghton’s object-based teaching program, as expertise and time allow.
  • Engages with the profession through local and national conferences and events.

Website: https://hr.harvard.edu/administrative-fellows-program

How to Apply: On your cover letter, please write a Statement of Purpose/Interest that briefly describes your professional and academic interests as related to employment with Harvard University, and more broadly, the field of Higher Education and how participation in the Administrative Fellowship Program can help advance these interests.  Be sure to explain:

  1. Why you are seeking a Fellowship
    2. What you hope to gain from the experience
    3. How you might contribute to the hiring department


Deadline: Recruitment and Selection Timeline:

June 25, 2018 – Application deadline

July 9 – August 10, 2018 – Rolling interviews of internal candidates/check-in with supervisors

August 17, 2018 – Selection decisions for FY19 Resident Fellows announced

September 2018 –Program Orientation


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