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Cataloging Assistant, Harvard College Library, Cambridge, MA

To apply: Please send your cover letter and resume to Bill Connor, (no phone calls, please)


Title: Cataloging Assistant


Under the supervision of the Visual Resources Librarian, completes basic cataloging records for digital images of architectural or architectural subjects. Images and text records will appear in ARTstor and HOLLIS Images.


Duties and Responsibilities:

Using existing shelf list records for the 35 mm slide collection, completes data entry for a special project to digitize rarer and unique slides, primarily of architecture. Training in correct data entry as well as correct fielding of titles, locations, architects' or artists' names and additional access points will be provided. As directed, executes additional related cataloging projects under close supervision. May also participate in inventory and related tasks for the slide collection relocation project. Position located in the temporary location of the Fine Arts Library Digital Images and Slides Collection in Lamont Library.


Basic Qualifications 

  • BA in art or architectural history, classics, Asian studies or related humanities field. Interest in visual materials. Ability to adapt to changing priorities in a production-oriented workplace. Experience in a library, archive or museum required.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail a must.


Additional Requirements:

  • Familiarity with use of foreign languages in a library setting preferred.
  • Course work in library science or museum studies an asset.
  • Experience with digitization or cultural heritage metadata projects in a library, archive, or museum setting preferred.


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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.

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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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