Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by end of day on June 19, 2023.
The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library seeks an innovative, collaborative, and user-centered Curator for the Archive of World Music to build, manage, and promote use of the Library's Archive of World Music (AWM). The AWM is a collection of field and commercial recordings and accompanying material collected world-wide with a focus on Africa, Asia and the Middle East. It includes archival collections in various formats including manuscripts, audio, and visual materials. This position offers the opportunity to work with the collections of a world-class music library, and to inspire broad and creative use of those collections among existing and as-yet untapped audiences. The incumbent will steward and develop AWM collections and build programs and services connecting students, faculty, and the broader community with the rich resources contained in the AWM. They will actively collaborate with colleagues across all areas of the Library's work. This position reports to the Richard F. French Librarian of the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library.
Develops and implements collection development policies, selects materials for the AWM.
Researches and evaluates potential purchases and donations for the AWM in consultation with colleagues and faculty members.
Liaises with AWM donors. In consultation with colleagues, prepares deed-of-gift paperwork, tracks and maintains relevant documentation for collection materials.
Identifies potential grant opportunities relevant to the AWM, develops proposals and/or contributes information or proposal ideas for grant development.
Establishes priorities for AWM collections for digitization, preservation, or special projects in collaboration with Music Library colleagues. Contributes to the development of digitization and preservation strategies for media and special collections held across the Music Library.
Maintains awareness of digital scholarship within ethnomusicology and related fields, identifies and pursues opportunities to highlight AWM collections through digital scholarship.
Collaborates with faculty, instructors, and other librarians to provide direct instruction to undergraduate and graduate students for classes, orientation sessions, and other related educational activities utilizing AWM collections. Works with faculty, instructors, and other librarians to identify opportunities to integrate AWM collections into course curricula and assignments.
Provides expert research assistance relating to the holdings of the AWM and related collections held at Harvard and elsewhere.
Collaborates with Music Library colleagues and others to organize outreach promoting the AWM, including social media, exhibits and programming, online exhibitions, and projects utilizing emerging technologies.
Engages in outreach to Music Department faculty and graduate students to promote deposit of their research collections. Engages with stakeholder communities represented in AWM collections.
Sets processing priorities, develops documentation and workflows for AWM archival collections. Processes selected collections, supervises students and/or project staff completing processing work. Works with colleagues in the Arts, Archives, and Special Collections portfolio's Technical Services for Archives and Special Collections Department to identify opportunities to streamline and/or coordinate workflows.
Works with Information & Technical Services colleagues and others to set cataloging and processing priorities for commercial recordings in AWM collections.
Maintains awareness, understanding and recognition of legal issues resulting from working with unpublished collections concerning areas such as copyright, privacy, confidentiality, right-to-know, and ownership.
Maintains awareness of ethical issues relating to the stewardship of cultural heritage collections. Implements best practices and contributes to efforts to educate colleagues across the Harvard Library.
Serves on Library and University committees as appropriate.
Remains current on developments in the field and represents the Library at relevant professional and scholarly meetings and conferences; contributes to the profession with research, presentations, publications, and/or participation in professional organizations.
Supervises student assistants and temporary/project staff (as needed).
Advanced degree(s) in Ethnomusicology, Library Science, and/or another subject area relevant to the collections of the AWM.
Minimum two years related professional experience.
Demonstrated experience supporting the information needs of faculty, students, and advanced researchers.
Additional Qualifications and Skills
ALA-accredited MLS preferred.
PhD in a subject relevant to the collections preferred.
Strong service orientation.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with culturally diverse library users and colleagues.
Demonstrated commitment to supporting efforts to foster equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging, and antiracism in library, university, and professional contexts.
At least two years professional experience in an academic setting with collection development, teaching, and/or outreach activities.
Ability to learn new technologies and systems; enthusiasm for adopting innovative approaches that expand access to collections and to facilitate their use in research, teaching, and learning
Working knowledge of library-specific software such as ArchivesSpace. Working knowledge of DACS, EAD, EAC-CPF and MARC, as well as other archival content and communication standards.
Familiarity with transliteration schemes and non-Western concepts and scripts. Ability to work with information resources in a variety of languages.
Familiarity with basic preservation and conservation issues related to archival materials, particularly audio and visual formats.
Familiarity with legal and ethical issues related to cultural heritage and archival collections.
Record of engagement with professional groups and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature.
This position includes lifting and moving of materials weighing up to 40 pounds and pushing heavily loaded book trucks.
The position is based on onsite in Cambridge, MA.
There may be the opportunity for a flexible or hybrid work model compliant with Harvard University flexwork policies.
Work location is responsive and subject to change based on business needs.
Work is normally performed in a library environment. Some work requires contact with heavy dust, dirt, and/or mold.
Salary Grade: 057
Union: 00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary
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