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Part-Time Reference Assistant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

The MIT Department of Distinctive Collections houses one of the premier collections on the history of science and technology in the United States. The Reference Assistant will work under the direction of the Archivist for Researcher Services to support reference, access, instruction, and outreach activities.


Tasks may vary, but will include:

  • Work at the reference desk, maintain reading room, reference supplies and records
  • Respond to remote and on-site questions
  • Support public services activities, including reference, access, outreach, and instruction




  • Ability to work independently and with a team important.
  • One year experience doing reference in archives or special collections.
  • Accuracy and an eye for detail very important.
  • Must be able to lift record carton size boxes (up to 40 lbs.).
  • Customer service experience.
  • Tolerance for a high degree of ambiguity.


  • Experience conducting research in archives, libraries, and on the internet.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Word, Excel, Notepad, Aleph, ArchivesSpace, and Adobe applications.
  • An appreciation for history. 


Through June 30, 2020 (available immediately)

Hours: 24 hours per week, Monday-Thursday between 9:30 AM and 4:30 PM 

Salary: $18 per hour.


Walking distance from MIT/Kendall MBTA stop (Red Line) and #1 MBTA bus


To Apply:

Email resume to:

Nora Murphy


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