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Public Services Assistant, Baker Library Special Collections, Harvard Business School (Boston)

Excellent opportunity to contribute toward the daily public services operations and generally support a special collections department. Staffs the Reading Room for two hours per week, serving as the public face of Baker Library Special Collections, assisting users, answering questions, and ensuring the safety and security of collections. Provides reference services for remote researchers by answering basic questions as assigned by Public Services staff and conducting research in holdings. Locates, retrieves and re-shelves collection materials from secure stacks. Processes collection duplication requests. Supports public services team projects. Performs routine clerical tasks and other duties as assigned. 

May assist with stacks management projects, including barcoding, shelf reads, and inventories on a limited basis.

Available immediately, this is a 14 hour per week, year round position. Hours must be completed between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Preference will be given to graduate students. 

Baker Library Special Collections collects rare and unique materials that focus on the evolution of business and industry. The collections span eight centuries beginning in the late 1300s to the present day and include corporate archives, manuscripts, account ledgers, rare books, broadsides, photographs, films, electronic records, and company annual reports. The extensive holdings of the Harvard Business School Archives include the records of the School from its founding in 1908 to the present day. These rich and varied collections support research in a remarkably diverse range of fields such as business, economic, social, and cultural history as well as the history of science and technology.  


Library experience and/or customer service experience. Excellent communication and organizational skills. Strong attention to detail. Ability to multi-task and to complete work in a timely manner. Sensitivity to proper care and handling of special collections materials. 

Full/Part Time

Part Time





Closing Date

How to Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter to Heather Oswald, or Baker Library Special Collections, Knowledge and Library Services, Harvard Business School, Boston, MA 02163. No phone calls please.


2019-11-06 |  Quick link to this job