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Associate Curator, Harvard University (Cambridge)

Harvard University

Associate Curator
Harvard Library

Job Summary

Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on June 28, 2022.

In partnership with Harvard's Administrative Fellowship Program and the ACRL Diversity Alliance, the Harvard Library Diversity Residency Program attracts talented librarians and, in particular, members of historically underrepresented groups, to provide meaningful professional working experience and to cultivate the professional goals and interests of the resident. Additionally, through a combination of events sponsored by the Harvard Library, the Administrative Fellowship Program and the ACRL Diversity Alliance, Residents have the opportunity to work in an academic environment complemented by career development experiences.

The Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America documents the lives of women of the past and present for the future and furthers the Harvard Radcliffe Institute's commitment to the study of women, gender, sexuality, and society. We seek a Curatorial Resident who will collaborate with the Library's curators to identify gaps in existing collections and develop and implement a robust strategy to broaden the Library's holdings.

This is a two-year residency.
Position Description

Under the direction of Library Curators, the Curatorial Resident will assist in all areas of collection development work:
•    Work collaboratively with the library's curatorial team to deepen our world-class collections for American women's and gender history, explore new areas for collection development and expand on existing collection strengths.
•    Assist curators with ongoing donor relations.
•    Correspond with donors, dealers, and vendors.
•    Assist in appraisal decisions and coordinate the transfer of archival collections, including arranging and receiving shipments.
•    Assist with physical and digital exhibits, events, and public programs.
•    Support day-to-day operations in the department, including management of department records and monitoring purchasing funds.
•    Contribute to department-level planning and the formulation of new policies and procedures.
•    Participate in and contribute to relevant Library and University-wide activities and committees.

Basic Qualifications
•    ALA-accredited MLS (Master's in Library Science) or equivalent degree.
•    Minimum of one-year professional experience working in a special collection/archives or cultural heritage institution. This experience could include internships or volunteer work.

Additional Qualifications and Skills
Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and antiracism.
Understanding of archival and library theory and practice, particularly the role and impact of acquisitions and appraisal on library and archives activities.
Demonstrated ability to work productively, both independently and collaboratively, in a highly collegial and team-based environment.
Ability to plan, manage, and complete multiple concurrent projects in a timely fashion.
Excellent communication skills.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Across the Harvard Library, our work is enriched by our diverse campus community. Our unique and wide-ranging abilities, experiences, and perspectives are integral to achieving Harvard University's mission of excellence in research, teaching, and learning for our patrons, our collections, and our workplace. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success.

We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world's most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society.

Harvard Library inspires collaboration, reflection, experimentation, and discovery connecting users to related disciplines and to University-wide teaching resources. The Library engages users through curated discovery, digital collections, reimagined physical space, and specialized research support. Today, Harvard Library's holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding access to digital resources. Harvard Library provides the University's faculty, students, and researchers-now and in the future-with exceptional experiences and comprehensive access to these materials.

Learn more about our contributions to the academic enterprise by visiting us at and about the Harvard University community at

The Harvard Library is a proud member of the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.

Job Function 

Sub Unit

USA - MA - Cambridge

Schlesinger Library

Time Status

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Appointment End Date

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Commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Harvard University views equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. We strive to create a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$62,700.00 - $69,999.98  / year

Closing Date

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2022-06-17 |  Quick link to this job