Reporting to the Public Services Librarian, this position is responsible for research support, collaboration, and outreach for visual materials in the field of Islamic art and architecture to faculty, students, and researchers. Visual materials collections include digital images and slides for teaching as well as other formats documenting all aspects of Islamic art and architecture in the Fine Arts Library including historic photographs, postcards, and ephemera. Additional responsibilities include implementation of appropriate and forward-looking image metadata schemes, digital access, and participation in collection development and management. Works closely with the Bibliographer in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and the Photographic Resources Librarian in the Fine Arts Library and the faculty and staff of the Aga Khan Program.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
Collection Management, Development, and Access
- Identifies, evaluates , and acquires images, digital resources, historic photographs, and other visual materials for the library’s teaching and research collection
- Assesses and selects historic photographs and other visual materials in the Fine Arts Library’s collection for digitization and preservation (in consultation with the AKPIA Bibliographer and FAL Photographic Resources Librarian)
- Works with AKPIA and other faculty members, students, fellows, and visiting scholars to set collection priorities based on research and curricular need
- Coordinates and prioritizes production of different digital products (scanning, uploading, cataloging); tracks workflows and timely service to users
- Provides intellectual control for Islamic visual materials in OLIVIA, ARTstor Shared Shelf project, and other catalogues including collaboration to establish best practices and authority control
- Participates in planning and implementing projects involving visual materials
- Develops long-range planning for Islamic visual images collection in consultation with AKPIA faculty and staff.
Reference and Instructional Support
- Provides research services for visual materials in Islamic art and architectural history for faculty, students, and researchers
- Selects and provides teaching images in appropriate formats and other visual resources for classroom lectures and course websites
- Provides individual and group research support including in-class workshops and personalized instruction
- Assists faculty and students in integrating GIS, Prezi , and other visual tools in lectures, course website
- Prepares online research guides, reference tools, and finding aids for Islamic visual material
- Assists with image research and provides images, as needed, for Muqarnas and other Harvard and MIT AKPIA publications.
Collaboration and Outreach
- Collaborates with diverse Harvard colleagues including the Loeb Design Library, NELC, CMES, and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program;
- Collaborates with AKPIA Documentation Center at MIT, Archnet, and other external initiatives on the creation and sharing of metadata, content, and services for users of visual materials on Islamic art and architecture such as SAHARA;
- Works with other Harvard groups supporting interdisciplinary and digital scholarship such as academic departments and programs, DASH, CGA, and the Library Lab Initiative to develop content and research/teaching opportunities.
- Supervises year-round student employees and temporary/project staff (as needed) in the creation of item level and collection-level cataloging and indexing for Islamic visual materials in all formats;
- Working together with other stakeholders, develops special projects for access to and dissemination of Islamic visual culture.
- Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience
- Advanced degree at the master’s level or higher in the history of art and architecture related to the study of the Islamic world, or the equivalent combination of education, experience and/or background etc.
- 3-5 years related professional library experience required;
- Knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Persian, Turkish);
- Expertise in image metadata standards and online data creation and access;
- Computer skills including databases and digital image file management, required; and
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills required.
- Working knowledge of western European languages, especially French and German;
- Knowledge of the contemporary field of Islamic art and architecture historical study and its constituents;
- Knowledge of other archival collections projects related to visual culture and history of the Middle East; and
- Ability to use a computer, monitor, keyboard, and mouse.
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