Open Until Filled. Application Review Begins: Monday February 27, 2017.
The Widener Library at Harvard University is inviting applications for Head of its Slavic Division.
The Head, Slavic Division in the Harvard College Library has the primary responsibility, through the management of a team of specialists in Slavic and Eastern European languages, for collection development, technical services, reference, research and instructional services for users of Slavic information resources. Additional responsibilities include developing policies and procedures and formulating specific goals to fulfill the Library’s mission. The incumbent will also support outreach efforts which may include planning and guiding digitization projects, organizing or contributing to exhibitions, and engaging alumni, benefactors, the University community and the wider public in topics supported by the expertise of the staff and the collections. This position supports the research needs of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, scholars affiliated with the Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies and the Ukrainian Research Institute, as well as researchers throughout Harvard University, and the international scholarly community. Harvard Library’s Slavic holdings are among the largest in North America.
The Head, Slavic Division, will lead in developing strategies for collaboration with other university and research partners to increase access to information and to develop partnership which extend the Library’s capability to meet academic needs. The Library seeks a creative and innovative leader with excellent negotiation skills and a commitment to teamwork.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Identifies collection development needs by maintaining a close working relationship with FAS faculty as well as scholars and researchers both inside and outside of Harvard. Ensures appropriate collection development, in all formats and language areas supported by the Division, in accord with FAS priorities.
Is knowledgeable about scholarly communications and open access in libraries and in the university. Works with faculty, graduate students, and colleagues to increase awareness of DASH and the work of the Office for Scholarly Communication.
Oversees and coordinates technical services functions, including vendor relations, acquisitions, and cataloging, and ensures that workflows are optimized and work is accomplished efficiently and in a timely manner, in collaboration with Information and Technical Services and other parts of the Harvard Library.
Integrates with activities in Research, Teaching, and Learning to deliver a variety of services and partners with faculty in achieving academic mission.
Conducts independent research to support collection development, technical services and reference activities.
Provides instructional services to students to more effectively use the collection.
Manages all aspects of the Division’s work, monitors effectiveness, ensures productive and balanced operations, fosters teamwork within the division and with other units.
Manages staff performance and development and creates and sustains a goal-oriented, productive work environment.
Develops policies and procedures and formulates specific goals to fulfill the Division’s mission.
Collaborates with other university and research libraries to increase access to Slavic information resources in a cost-effective manner.
Participates in library committees, task forces, and programs. S/he is active professionally through service in relevant library organizations, research and publishing, or other means.
Contributes to fund-raising in the Harvard Library through the identification of projects or areas which would make compelling fundraising targets.