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Librarian, John G. Wolbach Library, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA

About Wolbach Library:
The John G. Wolbach Library combines the collections of the Harvard College Observatory (HCO) Library and the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) Library, forming one of the world's preeminent astronomical collections. The Wolbach Library provides shared resources to support the CfA community's continuously evolving needs. Wolbach Library staff build, organize, manage, house, and preserve collections of physical and digital research artifacts; offer reference services and consultation; provide services in online literature searches and interlibrary loan requests; and contribute to and draw from remote databases, including the NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS). The Wolbach Library participates in local, national, and international networks and cooperative activities to promote scholarly advancement, the sharing of information, access to recorded knowledge, and the empowerment of the astronomy and astrophysics community.

Our current and future priorities are to:

  • Facilitate the creation and sharing of new knowledge in Astronomy
  • Lower technical and social barriers that negatively impact the CfA community's ability to achieve its goals
  • Promote the work of the CfA community both internally and externally
  • Develop digital projects and priorities that continually challenge Wolbach library staff to excel at an international level
  • Seek strategic collaborations to ensure the sustainability of Wolbach's programs, services, and projects
  • Promote open science through outreach and training programs


Position Summary

The incumbent collaborates with the CfA and external partners to define, implement, and continuously support: services, programs, and collections that enhance research, teaching, learning, and access to resources at Wolbach. The community served by the Wolbach Library includes Smithsonian staff, Harvard faculty and staff, students, post-docs, the international astronomy community, and the public.


  • Responsible for preparation, coordination, execution and assessment of collaborative projects, programs, and events
  • Develops collaborative project objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and ensuring technical feasibility; reports and escalates to management as needed.
  • Ensures that projects are delivered on-time, within scope
  • Creates, maintains, and shares comprehensive project documentation with library staff
  • Maintains current knowledge of emerging trends in learning science, research methodologies, and research services
  • Conducts outreach and collaborates with current library stakeholders (e.g. NASA/SAO ADS), as well as stakeholders who are infrequent users or nonusers of the library and its services
  • Strives to provide equitable delivery of library services through the development of programs, practices, and behaviors which allow the library to actively support all members of the library's community
  • Contributes to Wolbach's monthly reports as required
  • Participates in daily circulation desk staffing

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Pay scale & grade
IS 09

$55,909 to $72,683 per year

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