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Cataloging Assistant, Harvard College Library, Cambridge, MA

Cataloging Assistant for Welch Collection (less than half time position)

Note: this is a less than half time position, working fewer than 17.5 hours per week.

Works with the Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art & Architecture to catalog digitized slides from the Stuart Cary Welch Islamic and South Asian photograph collection. May also assist in preparing slides for digitization.

The Stuart Cary Welch Collection consists of over 60,000 35mm slides of the Islamic and South Asian artworks that were the subjects of Welch's research, taken over the course of his long career. As slides are not always individually identified, this position will research the subjects of the photographs and enter metadata about the images into our digital catalog. If needed, the position will also accession slides, orient slides for scanning, re-shelve slides, and return books.

Basic Qualifications:

Strong research skills with both digital and print resources. Experience with image research and/or image cataloging, preferably in Shared Shelf/JSTOR Forum or similar image cataloging tools. Knowledge of or experience with Islamic and/or South Asian art.

Additional Qualifications:

Strong interest or background in visual materials and art history, specifically in an Islamic and/or South Asian context, is preferred. Accuracy and attention to detail is a must. Reading knowledge of English and at least basic working knowledge of one of more of the following languages would be helpful: Persian, Arabic or Indic languages (Sanskrit, Hindi, Urdu). Hours available are Monday through Friday 9am-5pm.

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