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Humanities Information Associate (Temporary, Part-Time), Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

The MIT Libraries seeks a flexible, productive, and reliable Humanities Information Associate to assist with several humanities-related projects in the Hayden Library. These tasks will vary, but may include:

  • Completing research on assigned topics to help a humanities librarian prepare for research consultations and reference questions asked by MIT faculty, students, and staff. The subject areas might include literature, theatre, philosophy, media studies, and/or film.

  • Developing lists of books for the humanities librarian to order by reviewing collection development tools such as WorldCat, Books in Print, etc. In addition to the subject areas mentioned above, this work will likely include developing lists of language learning material such as phrasebooks, exercise books, and/or grammar materials to support students enrolled in Global Languages courses.

  • Testing and documenting assigned digital humanities tools for use in instruction sessions and/or digital humanities projects. Two possible examples include Voyant and Scalar.


This individual will report to Mark Szarko, a humanities librarian.



Preference will be given to a library and information science graduate student with the following qualifications:

  • Background in a humanities field, with knowledge of research practices and sources in the humanities

  • Excellent research skills

  • Coursework, experience with, and/or interest in learning more about:

    • Collection development

    • Teaching and learning

    • Digital humanities


Hours: Up to 10 hours per week, Monday-Friday. Hours flexible between 9am-5pm.

Wage: $15/hour, paid through MITemps

Available: Now through June 2020


To apply, please send a statement of interest and résumé or CV to Mark Szarko at by Friday, October 18. Please include the phrase "Humanities Information Associate Application" in the subject line.


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