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Assistant for Special Collections (Less Than Half Time), Harvard Yenching Library (Cambridge)

**This is a LHT (less than half time) position that will work 14 hours or less per week.**

The LHT position to the special collections will assist the Curatorial Assistant of Special Collections to maintain the Rare Books Reading Room Services and the Rare Book Room stacks, as well as daily operations, such as retrieving and reshelving rare books, opening /packing bins of materials delivered from and returned to the Harvard Depository and Image Services, etc. The Assistant also needs to help with the ongoing projects for the Special Collections as needed.  

Duties and Responsibilities:

Maintains Rare Books Reading Room patron services.

Retrieves and shelves the rare books and other special collection materials in the Rare Book Room. Re-arranges the rare book stacks, including reshelving, stacks reading, etc.

Sends/ retrieves books from/to image services.

Box replacements.

Classes preparation and services.

Uses Aeon system and Alma system to manage the retrieval and delivery of the Special Collections kept at the offsite storage.

Provides other related duties as assigned.


•           Ability to occasionally lift and move loads weighing more than 25 pounds. 

•           May be required to bend, squat, stretch, and climb small step stools when needed to retrieve books and shelve them.


•           Work is performed in a library setting

 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

·         Ability to read traditional Chinese characters is preferred.

·         A college degree is required (current college degree candidates are welcome)

·         Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Additional Requirements: 

·         Advanced knowledge of East Asian history and culture preferred.

·         Previous library experience with Special Collections in an East Asian library setting is preferred.

·         Knowledge of the rare book and the special collection materials preferred. 

Full/Part Time

Part Time



Salary Range

$19.00 - $20.00  / hour

Closing Date

How to Apply

To apply, send cover letters and resumes to Annie Wang, Curatorial Assistant for the Special Collections via email at


2023-05-17 |  Quick link to this job