The Loeb Music Library seeks a service-oriented Assistant Keeper for its Isham
Library, a world-class collection of 30,000 musical sources on microfilm,
printed facsimiles, rare books and musical scores, as well as other resources
in support of research with the primary sources of music.
TYPICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Assist with managing the operation of the Isham Library and Merritt Room rare
Serve the Isham Library's clientele, which includes a wide range of scholars,
students and musicians, members of the Harvard community, visitors and remote
users who desire access to primary sources and microfilms of music
manuscripts, early prints and rare books
Respond to complex reference questions concerning musical sources
Arrange, describe and process paper-based archival collections and create EAD
Create order records for new acquisitions and assist in the receipt and
processing of new orders. Assist the Keeper in managing correspondence with
libraries and other repositories of unique musical materials
Assist with the research, planning, and execution of exhibits
Assist in the training and supervision of student staff in Isham
HS Diploma or equivalent required.
Strong background in European classical music essential, including knowledge
of historical forms of musical notation.
Minimum of 3 years of relevant professional experience.
Bachelor's degree in music preferred.
Comprehensive knowledge of additional areas of musical scholarship such as
non-Western music and jazz highly desirable.
Reading knowledge of at least one Western European language preferred.
Experience with EAD standards and practices, ALEPH, HOLLIS, or other ILS
system and experience creating finding aids highly desirable.
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills in service of tactful
communications; sensitivity to concerns of multiple constituencies
simultaneously; excellent written and verbal communications.
Demonstrated research and problem-solving skills and service orientation.
Demonstrated ability to perform detailed work accurately and efficiently in a
productivity-oriented environment; excellent organizational skills.
Founded in 1638, Harvard has a rich legacy of libraries that continues into
the 21st century. In total there are over 70 libraries at Harvard that
comprise the Harvard library system, with combined holdings of over 16 million
items. More than 11 million of those items are part of the collection of a
centrally administered unit within the Faculty of Arts and Sciences that is
referred to as the Harvard College Library (HCL). It is comprised of Widener,
Lamont, Birkhoff Mathematical, Cabot Science, Chemistry and Chemical Biology,
Fine Arts, Harvard-Yenching, Houghton, Loeb Music, Physics Research, and
Tozzer libraries and the Harvard Film Archive, Harvard Map Collection, and the
Harvard Theatre Collection.
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