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User Needs and Assessment Librarian

Harvard University
Job Location:
Allston, Massachusetts
Harvard Library


Job Summary

Although the position will remain posted until filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply byend of dayonJune 25, 2021.

In partnership with Harvard's Administrative Fellowship Program and the ACRL Diversity Alliance, the Harvard Library Diversity Residency Program attracts talented librarians, and in particular, members of historically underrepresented groups, to provide meaningful professional working experience and to cultivate the professional goals and interests of the resident. Additionally, through a combination of events sponsored by the Harvard Library, the Administrative Fellowship Program and the ACRL Diversity Alliance, Residents have the opportunity work in an academic environment complemented by career development experiences. This is a two-year residency.

One of the greatest impacts that COVID-19 has had on our work environment is access: the closure of our physical spaces and restrictions on access to our collections and in-person services. The pandemic has underscored the importance of providing our users with alternative ways of using the library through welcoming, easy-to-navigate, and accessible services and tools so our users continue to receive the highest-level of research support, regardless of where they (or we) are physically located.

Work with Harvard Business School's Knowledge & Library Services (KLS) team to accelerate the evolution of our work due to the COVID-19. Help us to determine how to best incorporate the new services and products developed during the pandemic into our ongoing suite of library offerings and refine them.

The User Needs and Assessment Librarian will be part of a dedicated, customer-service oriented cross-KLS team seeking to proactively meet the needs of our users. Reporting to the Director, Curriculum & Learning Services (CLS), this position will observe and analyze the use of library collections, services, and resources; seek to understand customer preferences; and identify emerging trends in the field of business librarianship and information management. Theywill collaborate with colleagues to collate that information into concrete recommendations for improvements and innovations in library services, and in the design and functionality of the library's physical and virtual spaces.

Job-Specific Responsibilities

The individual in this role will:

  • assist in the development and implementation of a KLS-user research and assessment program to inform servicedesign
  • coordinate assessment data collection, analysis, and documentation to ensure the development of products and services is driven byevidence
  • assist in the user-centric, ongoing development of the library's web presence, employing student, faculty and staff- focused usability testing and industry standards to inform the strategy and goals of thesite
  • provide monthly analysis of web analytics and search logs to inform websitedevelopment
  • conduct an accessibility review of the Baker Library website and make recommendations for a remediation plan in coordination with ProductOwners
  • under the supervision of Baker Library website Product Owners, QA and provide feedback on sitedevelopment
Basic Qualifications
  • Master's degree in library/information science
  • Up to three years of professional work experience
Additional Qualifications and Skills
  • Ability to collaborate effectively within the department, across Knowledge & Library Services, and the Harvard Library.
  • Customer-focused mindset
  • Proven ability to set priorities,meet multiple deadlines, and share work/projects with multiplestakeholders
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.
  • Exhibit excellent critical thinking and problem-solvingskills
  • Experience with user needs assessment
  • Experience with web accessibility best practices
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in information access
  • Interest in learning about contemporary and historical business research
Physical Requirements
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

Working Conditions
Possible hybrid work environment (remote and onsite)

Additional Information
About the Harvard Library and our Commitment to Antiracism
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.

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.

Learn more about our contributions to the academic enterprise by visiting us at and about the Harvard University community at

Job Function

USA - MA - Allston

Job Code
386056 Library Professional


Harvard Business School, Baker Library - Knowledge & Library Services (KLS)

Time Status

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

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EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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