Librarian of the Harvard-Yench

Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Cambridge, MA, US
Cambridge, MA
30+ days ago

Basic Qualifications

  • ALA accredited MLS or equivalent experience in academic library administration.   

  • A minimum of ten years professional experience. 

  • 6 or more years management experience.  

  • Knowledge of a minimum of one East Asian language. 

  • Demonstrated knowledge in East Asian languages, culture, history, and civilization. 

  • Demonstrated record of collaboration at intra- and interinstitutional levels. 

  • Demonstrated knowledge or experience with print and digital publishing in East Asian countries.   

Additional Information

About Harvard-Yenching Library 

With collections of over 1.5 million volumes and extensive visual, manuscript, and other special collections, Harvard-Yenching Library is the third largest library in the Harvard Library system and the preeminent academic research collection related to East Asian studies outside of Asia. The Harvard-Yenching Library supports curriculum and research of faculty and students across the University as well as international visiting faculty and scholars. 


Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging and Anti-Racism at Harvard Library

Harvard University aims to be the world’s recognized leader in sustainable inclusive excellence by fostering a campus culture where everyone can thrive. Working in close collaboration with offices across the university, the Harvard Library is becoming one of the campus leaders in advancing equity, diversity, inclusion, belonging and antiracism. We believe that an inclusive environment that cultivates and promotes understanding, respect, and collaboration across our diverse workforce enables our success. As well, we believe that our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world’s most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also advance our diverse society.  
Harvard Library’s core values are the foundation upon which our antiracism agenda is being developed. Our values emphasize that we lead with curiosity, seek collaboration, champion access, aim for the extraordinary, and cultivate and celebrate diversity in our collections and our community to construct a more inclusive and just world. Our focus on antiracism is a commitment to live our values. It is about building not only a better organization, but a better research library – an exemplary antiracist research library. We aspire to be global leaders in expanding world knowledge and intellectual exploration, and that starts on our campus, where we are a center for knowledge supporting our faculty and students in pursuing antiracism through their research, teaching and learning.  
Our commitment to antiracism is a commitment to addressing other forms of discrimination as well, such as those based on gender, sexuality, religion or ability. Our antiracism work will continue a strong record of diversity initiatives, ranging from targeted collection development and the design of inclusive spaces to a learning journey for staff and a focus on employee recruitment and retention. We are deeply committed to increasing diversity in the profession, through activities such as our longstanding membership in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).  
Harvard Library is the world’s largest academic library. Established in 1638, we are the oldest library system in the United States. We invite individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members across 28 libraries. Our collections number over six million digitized items, 20 million volumes, 400 million manuscripts, one million maps, and tens of millions of digital images, and our rare and special collections are amongst the most remarkable in the world. We collect collaboratively with peer institutions and facilitate international open access, multiplying our users’ access to materials and advancing equitable models of scholarly communication.   
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