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Harvard Library Bulletin Editorial Assistant, Houghton Library, Cambridge, MA

Houghton Library seeks an intellectually curious, detail-oriented individual with an interest in academic writing for the position of Harvard Library Bulletin (HL) Editorial Assistant. Published by and housed in Houghton Library, HLB showcases scholarly research on collections from Harvard University libraries and archives. Between 2019-2020, HLB will go on hiatus in order to be reconceptualized as an online, open-access multimodal publishing platform. In addition to traditional text and still-image articles, HLB will also publish audio and video, virtual and augmented reality, and interactive content.

Reporting to HLB's Managing Editor, the Editorial Assistant will work with academic contributors and members of the HLB editorial team to review, edit, and prepare submissions for publication.

This is a less than half time position, working a maximum of 14 hrs per week.
 
Duties and responsibilities:

  • Manage the manuscript submission process and keep accurate records
  • Conduct and track correspondence with authors and communicate information to the Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief as needed
  • Facilitate double-blind peer review processes by securing reviewers, preparing manuscripts for review, and relaying reviewer comments to authors
  • Consult with Harvard Library staff to assess submissions' bibliographic correctness
  • Work as part of the editorial team to ensure consistent style, grammar, and formatting, and to develop and implement style guidelines for different genres of digital scholarship
  • Help authors locate images from Harvard Library collections as needed
  • Maintain post-publication relationships between authors and HLB
  • Participate in editorial meetings
  • Other duties as assigned


Basic qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree required
  • Proficiency with standard office and task-management software


Preferred qualifications:

  • Master's degree in humanities or library science
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Proven ability to be a collegial and effective member of a team
  • Demonstrated time-management, self-organization, prioritization, and problem-solving skills
  • Familiarity with the academic writing and scholarly editing process
  • Strong grasp of American English grammar
  • Experience in scholarly publication, scholarly communication, and/or digital humanities
  • Familiarity with or interest in rare books, manuscripts, and/or archival materials


To apply, send your cover letter and resume to Managing Editor, Mitch Nakaue, mitch_nakaue@harvard.edu.

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