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Head, Library Systems & Applications

Boston College Libraries seek a highly collaborative Head of Library Systems and Applications to provide leadership and direction for innovative services and technologies.  The Libraries strive for a nimble and dynamic environment that encourages exploration of user-centered technology enhancements. The successful candidate will have an inherent desire to develop, manage, and assess services designed to support the Boston College community of users. Candidates must understand the broad landscape of trends in information technology and libraries, and must have a demonstrated track record of successful project management and implementation of technologies and services.  The Libraries are developing a strong program in Digital Initiatives and Services, and the Head of Systems will be a collaborative partner with colleagues in the Digital departments. The Head will work closely with library administration, university IT, academic computing, and other stakeholders to take advantage of technological developments that enhance teaching, learning, research and scholarship.

The Head Librarian, Systems & Applications leads the Library Systems Department of eight, and provides overall direction for management of enterprise library systems, technologies and applications while building and supporting an infrastructure that facilitates the adoption of the next-generation of library services.  This position coordinates and manages configuration, implementation and support of core enterprise library systems.


Evening Access Services Assistant

The Evening Access Services Assistant provides circulation services and stacks maintenance at the O’Neill Library, processes the return of borrowed material in Interlibrary Loan, and scans and digitizes print and media materials upon request. 

As a member of the Access Services department, the Assistant will work at the O’Neill Library Circulation Desk. Tasks associated with working at the Circulation Desk include charging and discharging library materials, instructing users in navigating the course reserves database to find the material on reserve for their courses; helping patrons find and identify materials online as well as in the book stacks; interpreting library policies and explaining services to users.

In support of stacks maintenance, the assistant will monitor and maintain the book stacks on a daily basis, ensure the accurate re-shelving of materials, identify areas of the collection that need shifted and ensure that signage is accurate on the stack end panels. The assistant may also assist in shifting projects as appropriate.

The assistant supports the Interlibrary Loan unit by processing materials that have been returned from borrowing libraries.

As needed, the assistant provides digitization support by scanning materials that have been requested by members of the BC community and digitizing, reformatting and converting media items for circulation, streaming, or preservation.

This position is a 20 week, 12 month per year permanent position. Hours are Tuesday- Friday from 4:00pm - 9:00pm.

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Head Librarian, Public Services & Instructional Outreach

The John J. Burns Library of rare books, manuscripts, and archives at Boston College is seeking a user-focused Head of Public Services and Instructional Outreach to lead and manage its reading room, virtual reference, and other research support services, with particular emphasis on instructional outreach to students and faculty. A new position reporting to the Burns Librarian and Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, this position supervises three professional librarians and three assistants, whose responsibilities include management of the Burns Library public services, web presence, and Irish Music Center, as well as the BC Libraries' overall exhibits program. As a member of the Burns Library senior management team, this position shares responsibility for fostering a culture of highly collaborative teamwork that consistently delivers high levels of energy, performance, and impact.

As the BC Libraries have been transforming organizationally to provide increasing support for digital scholarship initiatives, this position will play a key role in bringing special collections content and services into that growing arena. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated abilities to bring innovative and engaging pedagogical approaches to the interpretation of primary source materials and the definition and assessment of learning outcomes. S/he will also have the ability to develop talent and expertise in others, creating an enriching atmosphere charged with excitement.


  • Minimum of four years of experience working in a research library, archives, or museum in progressively responsible roles that include at least two years of staff supervision, or two years of experience teaching in an academic setting and an additional two years of managerial or supervisory experience.
  • A master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent.
  • Occasional evening and weekend hours.

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Special Collections Metadata Librarian

Boston College Libraries is seeking a Special Collections Metadata Librarian to coordinate special collections cataloging and quality control activity, with a focus on high-priority Jesuitica initiatives. This librarian will work closely with colleagues in Digital Collections, Metadata Creation & Management, and the Burns Library to ensure the success of special projects and support priorities for digitization and metadata remediation efforts. In addition to providing accurate metadata for special collections materials in multiple systems, the Librarian coordinates and monitors the work of one assistant, providing training, documentation, and problem resolution.


  • Three years of professional cataloging experience in an academic library environment, including work with special collections materials.
  • Substantive experience with RDA, AACR2, LCSH, LC classification, and USMARC formats; familiarity with DCRM(B).
  • Experience performing original cataloging of materials in Latin and Romance languages.
  • Experience in training, developing, and supervising staff in a production-oriented environment.
  • Significant database maintenance experience.
  • Excellent communication skills, written and oral.


  • B.A. in the Humanities
  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program

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Resource Acquisitions Assistant

This position is responsible for performing the acquisitions functions necessary to acquire and provide access to library resources in all formats.  The position works collaboratively with other staff in the department to ensure that library resources are ordered, invoiced, paid and received in a timely fashion. This position is also responsible for overseeing binding operations for print serial issues as well as providing support for financial and budget management. All work must conform to AACR2, RDA, USMARC, and ANSI standards, as well as local practices. This position may serve as a supervisor of student workers and participates in special projects and additional department activities as needed.


  • Experience with acquiring of library material from both monographic and serial vendors


  • Two to three years' experience in Library technical services, academic library
  • Bachelor's degree

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