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Multimedia Specialist, Harvard University / Harvard College Library

Reporting to the Multimodal Learning Librarian, this position is responsible for the management and administration of the Multimedia Lab in Lamont Library, including a team of student assistants that assist all lab users. This position interviews, hires, trains and supervises a team of student assistants to provide help and basic problem-solving assistance with multimedia equipment and software available to users in the Lamont Media Lab and in the Cabot Science Library Media Studios. The student team is comprised of about 20 staff members covering 90 hours/week in the Lamont Media Lab and 50 hours/week concurrently in the Cabot Science Library with Media Studio support.

As part of the Media Services team, the Multimedia Specialist instructs students and staff on the principles of media tools and authorship with media, assists them with projects of sophisticated technical composition, and may produce similar materials on behalf of the Library. This position is responsible for connecting users to media and multimedia collections of Harvard University in order to promote and advance scholarship. Through these activities, this position promotes the development of media literacy throughout the Harvard community. The position also collaborates with library colleagues, teaching faculty, teaching fellows, academic administrators and the FAS Academic Technology Group to integrate opportunities for students to discover, critically evaluate, and ethically use multimedia in diverse formats in their curricular work.

Oversees the Multimedia Lab in Lamont and support of the Media Studios in the Cabot Science Library:
Supervises a team of student assistants who provide front line assistance to Multimedia Lab users on the authoring of multimedia projects, use of theLamont Library Media Lab and with use of the Media Studios in the Cabot Science Library. Hires and trains students as needed. Coordinates with other members of the Media Services unit and with members of the Cabot Science Library staff to delegate unit or training projects to the students, and assists in overseeing the completion of those projects. Serves as a backup to student Multimedia Lab coverage, as needed.
Provides front line support of the equipment comprising the Multimedia Lab: computers, peripherals, software, and is backed up by the Multimodal Learning Librarian, Harvard University Information Technology and library IT groups.  Provides backup support and troubleshooting for the Media Studios and computers in the Cabot Science Library.
In collaboration with other departments, manages access to loanable cameras, microphones, green screens, and other multimedia equipment in Lamont Library. This position also oversees training needs in the use of the loanable equipment.
Assesses workflows, equipment, services, and the user experience of the Multimedia Lab and library services; makes recommendations for improvement to the Multimedia Librarian. 
Keeping aware of current trends, makes purchasing recommendations to the Multimedia Librarian for equipment, software and hardware.
Provides training on Lab uses and technologies.
Works with the Design and Multimedia Specialist to manage Lab web presence, including creating and updating sections.
Administers statistics for the Media Services department.
Oversees the creation and maintenance of necessary documentation of the Lab and related computing stations with authoring software throughout the Lamont Library, including procedures, inventory, and detailed troubleshooting guides.  May assist with documentation and signage for Cabot media spaces, as well.

Maintains current awareness of developing trends in multimedia research, teaching, and learning. Adopts new findings as appropriate and keeps staff and patrons updated. Is familiar with the collaborative Learning Spaces equipment in Lamont Library for instruction and backup with technical assistance.
Participates in service to the Library and the University. Serves on working groups and committees as appropriate.
May support the Multimodal Learning Librarian by participating in unit projects, such as the creation of instructional media, video production and editing.
​May lead workshops for students and staff relating to authoring and library resources across different modes of leaning and forms of content, customizing them to the audience as needed.

Diversity Statement:

​At 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 encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply 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.
A global leader, the Harvard Library is a pre-eminent research library that acquires, disseminates, and preserves knowledge. Harvard's Library holdings range from traditional print collections to rapidly expanding inventories of digital resources. It is the work of the Harvard Library to provide the University's faculty, students, and researchers—now and in the future—with comprehensive access over time to all of these materials.
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When applying for this position, please submit a cover letter.

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 or any other characteristic protected by law.


Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent understanding of the research process, libraries, and the academic environment
2+ years of experience leading media production or post-production projects

Additional Qualifications

Degree in library science, IT, or equivalent
Knowledge of computer science, including basic web production, troubleshooting, hardware installation, networking, and user profiles, especially on Mac computers.
Very strong IT troubleshooting skills
Strong customer service orientation
Excellent critical thinking, interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written). Ability to communicate well with faculty, staff and users at all levels and from diverse backgrounds
Supervisory experience
Ability to work collaboratively and participate in a team environment
Basic knowledge of data visualization methods and trends
Training or teaching experience with skills in curricular design
Adaptability and flexibility to succeed in an ambiguous environment of constant change
Knowledge of current research practices and experience in the effective applications of technology in research, education, and 21st century academic library trends and practices.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




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