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Research & Data Services Assistant, Harvard Kennedy School, (Cambridge, MA)

Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is seeking applications for a Research & Data Services Assistant for our
Library & Research Services (LRS) team for the 2024-2025 academic year.

LRS supports the research, learning, and curricular needs of faculty, researchers, students, and staff. It
also provides researchers around the world with information related to public policy, public
administration, and international affairs. 

HKS, including LRS, is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of staff, faculty, fellows,
and students. This position will work toward building such a community and foster an inclusive
environment in LRS that values and prioritizes diversity, inclusion, and belonging.  

Reporting to the Manager of Research & Data Services, the Research & Data Services Assistant provides
research support for HKS students, faculty, staff, and fellows. The Research & Data Services Assistant will
primarily provide support at the Library Services Desk but may also work on other related projects,
including in areas of library instruction, research data management, and delivery of online course
materials. You can read more about what our team does on our page:
https://www.hks.harvard.edu/research-insights/library-knowledge-services
 
The person in this role will:  

  • Provide professional reference service to the library’s varied users, including faculty, staff,
    students, and fellows at the Library Services Desk and using our online reference system. 
  • Create and update FAQs and Research Guides (LibGuides) to facilitate research at HKS. 
  • Complete other duties as assigned by the Manager of Research & Data Services.

Required Qualifications: Current enrollment in or completion of an ALA-accredited graduate level
library program and/or relevant work experience and an interest in providing research services at a
public services desk. 

Preferred Qualifications: Previous research/reference services work experience is preferred but not
necessary; we are happy to train the right candidate. 

How to Apply:

Send resume and a brief statement of interest or cover letter to James Adams, Manager
of Research & Data Services, at [email protected].   
Please note that this is a part-time, in-person position ($21/hour for a maximum of 14 hours/week). It
is a temporary position for the length of HKS’ academic year (August – May).