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Processing Archivist for Global Collections, Harvard University (Cambridge)

Harvard University

Processing Archivist for Global Collections
Harvard Library

Job Summary

Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on July 1, 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.

As part of the Harvard University Archives (HUA) staff and reporting to the Harvard University Archives' Collections Services Archivist/Processing Manager, the Processing Archivist for Global Collections is responsible for arranging and describing HUA and HCL Americas, Europe, Oceania Division (AEOD) archival collections that contain or are fully comprised of materials in Slavic languages (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Polish). In collaboration with AEOD staff, the Processing Archivist for Global Collections will identify and prioritize unprocessed collections. Under the supervision of the HUA's Collections Services Archivist/Processing Manager, the Processing Archivist for Global collections will follow established guidelines and procedures used by Harvard University Archives.

This is a two-year residency.
Position Description
•    Appraisal of archival materials and collections at AEOD and HUA.
•    Creation of and updates to catalog records and finding aids.
•    Research support in the HUA reading room.
•    Archival instruction as part of HUA programs.
•    Participation in collection development activities in both HUA and AEOD, and participation in the Harvard Library community on committees, working groups, discussion groups, or in other collaborations.

Basic Qualifications
•    Master's degree in library/information science with a concentration in archival studies or the equivalent.
•    Minimum of 1-year professional work experience. Professional experience may include internships and volunteer experience.
•    Reading knowledge of one or more Slavic languages (Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Czech, Slovak, Polish).
•    Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. 

Additional Qualifications and Skills
•    Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and, antiracism (EDIBA).
•    Experience processing or surveying archival collections.
•    Experience managing complex projects.
•    Strong creative and analytical thinking skills.
•    Training and experience working with archival and library cataloging systems.
•    Experience with EAD encoding a plus.
•    Ability to adapt quickly to new organizational/library work settings.
•    Able to work independently and as part of multiple teams simultaneously; collaborative; flexible.

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

Harvard University Archives

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 - $70,000.00  / year

Closing Date

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2022-06-17 |  Quick link to this job