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Senior Archivist for Collections Services

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Knowledge and Library Services at Harvard Business School is looking for an energetic, collaborative, and enthusiastic Senior Archivist to lead the planning and administration of an integrated program for the discovery of and access to the extensive archival and historical collections of Baker Library, including textual, image, media, and digital resources. The successful candidate will be committed to providing excellent customer service by leading the Special Collections Processing program. He/she will manage the Processing Team, directing the ongoing application of cutting-edge practices of archival management, including emerging metadata standards and tools, ensuring productive and efficient processes that bring new collections from acquisition to research use, performing hands-on collections processing as needed, and seeking out opportunities for innovation.  The Senior Archivist serves as the departmental lead for exploration and use of archival discovery platforms, collection delivery tools, and other systems for management, access, and discovery of special collections materials. He/she assists the Director, Special Collections, with annual and multi-year strategic planning. He/she also works with the Director on the research and planning of short and long-term projects, tracking the progress of projects, in coordination with collection managers, preparing regular updates on project status, and serving as Project Manager  as assigned. In addition, he/she assists the Director in developing processing and special project budgets, reviewing monthly financial reports and advising the Director on appropriate steps regarding the budget. Collaborates with Baker Library’s Baker 3.0 Strategy and Infrastructure and Information Management Services groups to ensure that Special Collections’ collections services are aligned with overall KLS Baker 3.0 strategy and infrastructure. Actively contributes to HU and national archival communities by participating in committees and working groups, representing the interests of Baker Library Special Collections; and presenting at conferences to contribute to the greater archival community.

 

Required/Preferred Education, Experience, Skills:

 

MLS and/or M.A. in relevant subject area, 5+ years professional experience in archival practices and management of multiple collections of varied types, preferably in an academic or research library.  At least 2 years successful supervisory experience required.  Strong organizational skills and outstanding communication skills are essential. Demonstrated ability to initiate new programs and services and to manage a variety of projects in a complex and dynamic environment. Experience as lead processor on large-scale processing projects, managing multiple processors, setting and meeting goals, and developing metrics to measure progress throughout the project. Strong knowledge of and experience with archival and cataloguing standards for a wide array of formats including archival, textual, visual and digital materials. Knowledge of emerging trends and technologies in the archival field, including EAC-CPF, linked data, etc. Familiarity with accepted conservation and preservation methods applied to manuscript and rare book collections. Strong quantitative and analytical skills; excellent interpersonal and critical thinking/ problem-solving skills. Subject knowledge of American social and cultural history desirable. Budget management experience desirable.

 

Our expectations are that employees of HBS adhere to and represent our Community Values.  They are:

 

Respect for the rights, differences, and dignity of others

Honesty and integrity in dealing with all members of the community

Accountability for personal behavior

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