Reference Associate, Department of Distinctive Collections

Massachusetts, United States
11 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Functional Area: Libraries
Department: Libraries
School Area: Libraries, MIT Press, Tech Review
Employment Type: Full-Time Temporary
Employment Category: Non-Exempt
Visa Sponsorship Available: No
Schedule: 35 hrs/wk. 

Working at MIT offers opportunities, an environment, a culture – and benefits – that just aren’t found together anywhere else. If you’re curious, motivated, want to be part of a unique community, and help shape the future – then take a look at this opportunity.

REFERENCE ASSOCIATE, DEPARTMENT OF DISTINCTIVE COLLECTIONSMIT Libraries, to work with researchers in the reading room and online, with particular emphasis on providing support for digitization initiatives; contribute to management of collections; assist with developing and maintaining documentation; and actively interface with many internal groups. Digitization duties include responding to requests for digitization of collection materials; coordinating programmatic digitization initiatives; preparing items for digitization; engaging in rights review; and contributing to user-focused metadata creation and workflow development for patron-driven and programmatic digitization.  Patron support includes working regular shifts in reading room at the reference desk, responding to remote/on-site questions from patrons; helping create and maintain staff-facing documentation on reading room operations and other patron-service functions; assisting with developing and implementing policies and procedures; and creating LibGuides and participating in the creation of other patron-supporting tools/documentation/outreach.  Collection management work includes assisting with collection maintenance in reading room and stacks, processing deliveries, and paging and re-shelves items.  Will also work on special projects and perform other duties as assigned. 

Job Requirements

REQUIRED: two years’ direct/related experience; experience working in a special collection, archive, or research center; strong public service and user experience orientation; interest in developing reference skills and working with primary sources; aptitude for detail and accuracy; good organizational skills; and ability to lift boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.  Preference will be given to those with one or more of the following - completion of courses in archives and special collections and/or reference, understanding of best practices for handling unique and rare materials and digital imaging, experience with Aeon and ArchivesSpace, strong writing and editing skills, and experience with outreach. Job #17689-5

This is an eighteen-month term position

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.