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Library Assistant Modern Book and Manuscript (Less Than Half Time), Houghton Library (Cambridge)

Duties and Responsibilities: 

·         Assists the department with basic office functions, such as filing, photocopying, and helping with mailings.

·         Helps the associate curator respond to requests to reproduce material from the department’s collections.

·         Supports the department's digitization program by preparing metadata and performing quality control checks, especially on the Emily Dickinson Family and Herman Melville Digitization Projects.

·         Partners with technical services colleagues to assist with processing, cataloging, or rehousing departmental collections. 

·         Occasionally cross-checks lists of offered items against the Harvard Library catalog to assist with acquisition work.

·         Occasionally contributes research, analysis, and reports that contribute to the work of the department.


Must be scheduled 9-5, Mon.-Fri.

Additional Information/Comments:

The Houghton Library is the main repository for rare books and manuscripts within the College Library.  The Modern Books and Manuscripts Department is the largest of its curatorial departments, with responsibility for materials 1800-present, and including substantial holdings in literature (Emily Dickinson, John Keats, Marguerite Yourcenar, Pedro Salinas, Gore Vidal, etc.), history, philosophy, and music, with a focus on American, European, and Russian materials.

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.


·         Completion of high-school degree. 

·         Comfortable with desktop and cloud-based office environments and software including Microsoft programs and Google Drive. Facility with Excel preferred. 

·         Excellent attention-to-detail.

·         Ability to work independently. 

·         Interest in library work and rare books or manuscripts preferred.

Full/Part Time

Part Time



Salary Range

$18.00 - $20.00  / hour

Closing Date

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2023-01-25 |  Quick link to this job