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Commercial Library Binding Assistant (Less Than Half Time), Harvard University (Cambridge)

***This is a Less Than Half Time (LHT) position with up to 14 hours per week that will end on 06/30/2024***

Under the supervision of the Preservation Review Librarian for Harvard Library and according to established commercial library binding procedures and production standards, contributes to the conservation of general/circulating collections in Harvard Library by performing the following duties:


·         Prepares serials, monographs, dissertations, and theses for commercial library binding.

·         Uses commercial bindery preparation software (ABLE) to communicate binding instructions to vendor

·         Consults Alma and other sources, including serials catalogers, to ensure bindery instructions in ABLE are correct.

·         Maintains serials title records in ABLE.

·         Packs, unpacks, performs quality assurance and shelf preparation for all shipments.

·         May select items for binding, in consultation with library staff.

·         As needed, assists in locating customer requests.

·         As needed, identifies missing periodical issues or limited retention titles and notifies appropriate library staff to initiate replacement or de-accession.

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

·         As needed, assists in responses to emergencies involving library materials.

·         Contributes to unit goals by accomplishing related duties as required including participation in team projects. Demonstrates open and honest communication, an attitude of respect and inclusion, and a positive approach in carrying out duties and responsibilities. Participates in the resolution of problems.


·         This position involves regularly lifting and moving loads weighing in excess of 40 pounds

·         Job requires the ability to handle sharp tools, climb step stools and small ladders, and operate heavy equipment (power cutters, etc.)

·         Using appropriate safety measures, as tasks may involve exposure to dust and mold

·         Some tasks involve standing for extended periods and/or bending, walking, and sitting

·         Job requires ability in close vision

·         Routine use of photocopiers, scanners, and computers


·         Work is performed in a busy office environment 

·         The noise level is usually moderate

·         Exposure to dust and mold possible


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.



·         High school diploma or equivalent required

·         Excellent communication skills required, both oral and written


·         College degree preferred

·         Capacity to read and interpret documents such as bibliographic data, and familiarity with Alma and ABLE

·         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 to 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

Part Time




$25.00  / hour

Closing Date

How to Apply

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Keala Richard, Preservation Review Librarian:


2023-10-31 |  Quick link to this job