Harvard University: Visual Resources Librarian

Harvard University

Position: Visual Resources Librarian

Deadline Date: Open until filled

Reporting to the Public Services Librarian, this position is
responsible for research support, collaboration, and outreach for visual
materials in the field of Islamic art and architecture to faculty, students,
and researchers. Visual materials collections include digital images and slides
for teaching as well as other formats documenting all aspects of Islamic art
and architecture in the Fine Arts Library including historic photographs,
postcards, and ephemera. Additional responsibilities include implementation of
appropriate and forward-looking image metadata schemes, digital access, and
participation in collection development and management. Works closely with the
Bibliographer in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and the
Photographic Resources Librarian in the Fine Arts Library and the faculty and
staff of the Aga Khan Program.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

Collection Management, Development, and Access
-Identifies, evaluates , and acquires images, digital resources, historic
photographs, and other visual materials for the library's teaching and research
-Assesses and selects historic photographs and other visual materials in the
Fine Arts Library's collection for digitization and preservation (in
consultation with the AKPIA Bibliographer and FAL Photographic Resources
-Works with AKPIA and other faculty members, students, fellows, and visiting
scholars to set collection priorities based on research and curricular needs
-Coordinates and prioritizes production of different digital products
(scanning, uploading, cataloging); tracks workflows and timely service to users
-Provides intellectual control for Islamic visual materials in OLIVIA, ARTstor
Shared Shelf project, and other catalogues including collaboration to establish
best practices and authority control
-Participates in planning and implementing projects involving visual materials
-Develops long-range planning for Islamic visual images collection in
consultation with AKPIA faculty and staff

Reference and Instructional Support
-Provides research services for visual materials in Islamic art and
architectural history for faculty, students, and researchers
-Selects and provides teaching images in appropriate formats and other visual
resources for classroom lectures and course websites
-Provides individual and group research support including in-class workshops
and personalized instruction
-Assists faculty and students in integrating GIS, Prezi , and other visual
tools in lectures, course websites
-Prepares online research guides, reference tools, and finding aids for Islamic
visual materials
-Assists with image research and provides images, as needed, for Muqarnas and
other Harvard and MIT AKPIA publications

Collaboration and Outreach
-Collaborates with diverse Harvard colleagues including the Loeb Design
Library, NELC, CMES, and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
-Collaborates with AKPIA Documentation Center at MIT, Archnet, and other
external initiatives on the creation and sharing of metadata, content, and
services for users of visual materials on Islamic art and architecture such as
-Works with other Harvard groups supporting interdisciplinary and digital
scholarship such as academic departments and programs, DASH, CGA, and the
Library Lab Initiative to develop content and research/teaching opportunities

Supervisory Responsibilities
-Supervises year-round student employees and temporary/project staff (as
needed) in the creation of item level and collection-level cataloging and
indexing for Islamic visual materials in all formats
-Working together with other stakeholders, develops special projects for access
to and dissemination of Islamic visual culture

Basic Qualifications:

-Master's degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience
-Advanced degree at the master's level or higher in the history of art and
architecture related to the study of the Islamic world, or the equivalent
combination of education, experience and/or background etc.
-3-5 years related professional library experience required
-Knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Persian, Turkish)
-Expertise in image metadata standards and online data creation and access
-Computer skills including databases and digital image file management, required
-Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills required

Additional Qualifications:

-Working knowledge of western European languages, especially French and
-Knowledge of the contemporary field of Islamic art and architecturehistorical
study and its constituents
-Knowledge of other archival collections projects related to visual culture and
history of the Middle East
-Ability to use a computer, monitor, keyboard, and mouse

Please apply with a cover letter and resume at the Harvad Employment

Apply Here: http://www.click2apply.net/wy6zy39