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Library Assistant (Temporary), Harvard University, Preservation Services (Cambridge)

**This is a 90-days Temporary Position**

Under the supervision of the Collections Conservator and according to established treatment procedures and production standards, contributes to the conservation of general/circulating collections by performing the following duties:

Duties and Responsibilities
1.      Constructs or modifies appropriate protective enclosures for fragile and/or vulnerable library materials. Uses established techniques that promote quality and productivity. Keeps accurate statistics on all treatments performed.

2.      Uses a labeling program to create accurate labels for protective enclosures or books.

3.      Handles all materials in a manner consistent with preservation policies and established library practices.

4.      Performs routine laboratory maintenance procedures.

5.      Performs quality assurance checks on materials returning from the commercial library bindery.

6.      Demonstrates open and honest communication, an attitude of respect and inclusion, and a positive approach to carrying out duties and responsibilities. Participates in the resolution of problems.

Physical Demands

·         Occasionally lifting and moving loads weighing up to 40 pounds.

·         Ability to handle sharp tools and small instruments, climb step stools and small ladders, and operate heavy equipment (board shears, book presses, power cutters, etc.)

·         Use of appropriate safety measures, as tasks may involve exposure to dust and mold or the use of light solvents.

·         Standing for extended periods and/or bending, walking, and sitting

·         Ability in close vision and color vision

·         Routine use of photocopiers, scanners, and computers

Work Environment

·         Work is typically performed in one of the multiple conservation spaces

·         The noise level is usually moderate.

·         Exposure to dust and mold is possible.


Schedule: Monday-Friday, between 8 am and 5 pm

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.


Basic Qualifications

·         High school diploma or equivalent required.

·         Excellent communication skills required, both oral and written. Legible handwriting.

Additional Qualifications

·         Experience in bookbinding or book conservation 

·         Capacity to read and interpret documents such as bibliographic data

·         Solid analytical and problem-solving skills

·         Demonstrated ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and precision in a production setting

·         Ability to work collaboratively, initiate and adapt to change, and be flexible

·         Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work productively in a team environment with minimal supervision.

·         Ability to perform repetitive work tasks with overall accuracy, effectiveness, and attention to detail.

·         Experience with MS Windows-based software preferred.

Full/Part Time





$20.00  / hour

Closing Date

How to Apply

To apply, send cover letter and resumes to Lauren Telepak, email: 


2023-05-05 |  Quick link to this job