Librarian for American Indigenous Studies, Harvard University

By IS Lab May 25, 2021

Website Harvard University

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.

Harvard University’s Tozzer Library is the oldest library devoted to anthropology in the United States. One of the primary strengths of Tozzer is its collection of material related to Indigenous peoples of the Americas on topics such as language, art, religion and spirituality, and the archaeology of ancient civilizations. The Tozzer Library Resident for American Indigenous Studies will work closely with the Librarian for Tozzer Library to rethink how the Library provides support to Indigenous scholars. Indigenous scholars include members of Indigenous communities, faculty, students, museum staff, and independent researchers.

Job Responsibilities

  • Provides research support to scholars at Harvard and outside of Harvard.
  • Teaches library instruction sessions on topics such as navigating library catalogs and databases, and staying organized with citation management tools.
  • Creates online research tools to assist Indigenous scholars with identifying useful collections, services, and tools available at Tozzer Library.
  • Works collaboratively with the Librarian for Tozzer Library to research and develop outreach plans for Indigenous scholars both at Harvard and outside of Harvard.
  • Attends Harvard Library meetings and Anthropology Department meetings, in addition to participating in professional development activities.
  • Engages in assessment of Indigenous collections at Tozzer to identify growth opportunities, with an emphasis on works by Indigenous authors.
  • Develops a nuanced collection development policy for Indigenous materials at Tozzer Library that encourages responsible and thoughtful collecting.
  • Reviews Tozzer Library approval plans and journal subscriptions to ensure stronger Indigenous Studies coverage, and investigates opportunities for expanding digital collecting.
  • Coordinates with colleagues in other Harvard libraries with related collections to identify potential collaborations.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library/information science.
  • Up to three years of professional work experience.
  • Experience working with diverse communities.
  • Experience providing reference and research support.
  • Knowledge of library collection development practices.
  • Experience teaching library instruction sessions in academic settings.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Strong creative and critical thinking skills.
  • Experience with building library collections.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Indigenous Studies of North, Central, or South America.

To apply for this job please visit