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Antiracism Librarian, Harvard University (Cambridge)



Antiracism Librarian

Harvard College Library


Job Summary

Although this position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on April 29, 2024.

The Harvard Library Office for Antiracism seeks a highly motivated, exceptionally organized, and strategic thinker to serve as its inaugural Antiracism Librarian. The Antiracism Librarian supports library-specific tasks associated with Harvard Library’s Antiracism Strategy. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Antiracism, the Antiracism Librarian will be vital in executing the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Antiracism (EDIBA) programs, events, and training offered by the Harvard Library Office for Antiracism. The Antiracism Librarian will work across the library system and collaborate with staff on various library focused activities that align with the Harvard Library Antiracism Strategy.

Position Description


• In collaboration with the Antiracism staff, serves as a strategic thinker to support Harvard Library’s Antiracism Strategy.

• Writes analytical reports, and creates library wide communication plans to distribute findings to key stakeholders.

• Partners across the library organization to infuse Harvard Library’s Antiracism Strategy into library services, collections, and spaces. Participates in the ongoing review and refinement of these policies.

• May research, develop and implement training initiatives and an assessment plan for the EDIBA Learning Journey, Harvard Library’s Antiracism Education and Training Initiatives, in consultation with HLOA staff.

• Collects, manages, and assesses feedback on EDIBA Reading Room and other Harvard Library Office for Antiracism programs and workshops.

• Serves on the Antiracism Education Team to develop trainings and organizational development activities that lead to sustained individual, organizational, and system change for Harvard Library in alignment with the Harvard Library adopted EDIBA Learning Journey.

• Keeps current on diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging literature and effective strategies for implementation.

Library Collaborations:

• Represents the Harvard Library Office for Antiracism on the Antiracism Collections Team (ACT) and provides support on building a library collection that aligns with the Harvard Library Antiracism Strategy.

• Creates, implements, and manages a Collection Development and Reading Room Refresh Policy for the West Stacks Reading room (the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Antiracism collections).

• Manages and administers the Bryant Fellowship Program: The Douglas W. Bryant Fellowships offer awards of $500 to $2,000 to support independent research or scholarly activities by Harvard Library staff that focus on the library’s antiracism strategy, which focuses on people, processes, and professional development in the context of research libraries.

• Represents Harvard Library Office for Antiracism on Harvard Library’s EDIBA Digitization working group.


• Creates staff Wikis and LibGuides to support antiracism initiatives for Harvard Library.

• Provides updates to the Staff Wiki, EDIBA Team SharePoint, office website and social media in relation to related projects.

• Writes blog posts, emails, social media content etc. to update the Harvard Library community and key stakeholders.

Programming and Events:

• Co-leads and manages activities and events sponsored by the Harvard Library Office for Antiracism.

Basic Qualifications

• MLS or MIS from a master’s program accredited by the American Library Association.

• 3+ years of relevant work experience in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work is required; a combination of education and experience may be considered.

Additional Qualifications and Skills

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills required.

• Demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and anti-racism.

• Strong analytical skills and ability to effectively organize and display data.

• Ability to prioritize work in an environment with multiple and conflicting interests.

• Adaptability and flexibility to meet shifting needs.

• High level of proficiency with MS Office, Google Drive, SharePoint, Zoom, Adobe Acrobat, etc.

• Willingness to continuously adapt to new technical skills if needed.

• Attendance at off-site meetings might be needed from time to time (e.g., in the Cambridge area or at other Harvard locations), and hours outside of standard working may be required a few times a year.

Working Conditions

• The position will be based on our Cambridge, MA campus, and you must be on-site for at least 3 days per week. There is the opportunity for a flexible or hybrid work model compliant with Harvard University remote work policies.

Work Format Details

This is a hybrid position that is based in Massachusetts. Additional details will be discussed during the interview process. All remote work must be performed within one of the Harvard Registered Payroll States, which currently includes Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Virginia, Washington, and California (CA for exempt positions only). Certain visa types and funding sources may limit work location. Individuals must meet work location sponsorship requirements prior to employment.


We invite you to visit Harvard's Total Rewards website ( to learn more about our outstanding benefits package, which may include:

• Paid Time Off: 3-4 weeks of accrued vacation time per year (3 weeks for support staff and 4 weeks for administrative/professional staff), 12 accrued sick days per year, 12.5 holidays plus a Winter Recess in December/January, 3 personal days per year (prorated based on date of hire), and up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents who are primary care givers.

• Health and Welfare: Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits, disability and life insurance programs, along with voluntary benefits. Most coverage begins as of your start date.

• Work/Life and Wellness: Child and elder/adult care resources including on campus childcare centers, Employee Assistance Program, and wellness programs related to stress management, nutrition, meditation, and more.

• Retirement: University-funded retirement plan with contributions from 5% to 15% of eligible compensation, based on age and earnings with full vesting after 3 years of service.

• Tuition Assistance Program: Competitive program including $40 per class at the Harvard Extension School and reduced tuition through other participating Harvard graduate schools.

• Tuition Reimbursement: Program that provides 75% to 90% reimbursement up to $5,250 per calendar year for eligible courses taken at other accredited institutions.

• Professional Development: Programs and classes at little or no cost, including through the Harvard Center for Workplace Development and LinkedIn Learning.

• Commuting and Transportation: Various commuter options handled through the Parking Office, including discounted parking, half-priced public transportation passes and pre-tax transit passes, biking benefits, and more.

• Harvard Facilities Access, Discounts and Perks: Access to Harvard athletic and fitness facilities, libraries, campus events, credit union, and more, as well as discounts to various types of services (legal, financial, etc.) and cultural and leisure activities throughout metro-Boston.

Job Function


Department Office Location

USA - MA - Cambridge

Job Code

386057 Library Professional

Work Format

Hybrid (partially on-site, partially remote)



Salary Grade



HL Office for Antiracism

Annual Salary Range

$74,200 to $126,200


00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Time Status


Pre-Employment Screening

Criminal, Education, Identity

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.

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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$74,200.00  / year

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2024-03-26 |  Quick link to this job