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Visual Collections Assistant, Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA

Temporary Visual Collections Assistant - Historical & Special Collections, Harvard Law School Library


The Historical & Special Collections ("HSC") team in the Harvard Law School Library seeks a flexible and engaged person who seeks experience in a busy and multifaceted special collections department. The Harvard Law School Library is preparing for a renovation project that will require HSC to manage the movement of artwork under its purview. The Temporary Visual Collections Assistant will assist HSC by managing reproductions and imaging requests, assisting with art-related projects, and other renovation-related tasks.

This is a part-time, temporary position, 10 hours per week for approximately 13 months from June 2018 through June 2019. The position reports to Lesley Schoenfeld, Public Services & Visual Collections Administrator, Historical & Special Collections.


Typical Duties

  • Respond to researchers' requests for reproductions of HSC's large and varied collection including modern manuscripts, rare books, and visual materials: Locate materials in the collection and consult with curators on requests; reproduce them in-house or liaise with Harvard Library's Imaging Services team; and retrieve image files from Harvard's Digital Repository Service.
  • Track and monitor reproduction requests and communicate with researchers.
  • Assist Public Services & Visuals Collections Administrator with renovation-related physical plant projects, mainly involving the movement and transportation of artwork throughout the building and campus.
  • Support research, imaging, and conservation projects by requesting, delivering, and retrieving HSC's materials from various campus locations.
  • Other duties as assigned.



Monday - Friday, 10 hours per week; 2-4 days per week, 3-5 hours per day between the hours of 9:30 am and 5 pm.

The term of the position runs approximately from June 2018 through June 2019.


Experience and Education


  • BA degree
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Familiar with MS Office environment
  • Ability to lift 40 pounds; load, transport, and unload library materials on a cart; use a stepladder to shelve and retrieve books; operate hand-cranked compact shelving, and move artwork


Strongly Preferred

  • Experience working in a library special collections environment
  • Experience handling special collections or art materials
  • Experience with Photoshop and archival scanning


Salary and Benefits

$15 per hour, no benefits


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