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Resource Acquisitions Assistant

Boston College
Job Location:
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

Resource Acquisitions Assistant

We are seeking an experienced paraprofessional to join the acquisitions team for Boston College Libraries. The Resource Acquisitions Assistant will share responsibility for ordering and invoicing of over $1.2 million of monographic collections budget annually. Commitment to excellent customer service and superior attention to detail is necessary for a successful performance of these duties:

* Place orders with appropriate vendors for monographic acquisitions, according to established guidelines
* Use an integrated library system (Alma) to maintain records relating to: orders, vendors, and inventory
* Manage activation and troubleshoot access issues for electronic book orders.
* Troubleshooting and resolving order and/or invoicing questions and problems.
* Assist in the resolution of bibliographic, holdings, and receipt problems, working closely with catalogers and other library staff
* Receive new material in Alma, routing it to appropriate departments for additional processing
* Contribute to the unit's goals by completing special projects as needed
* Develop and foster good working relationships with vendors, sales representatives, Library selectors, and other University staff

Boston College Libraries operate in accordance with our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion values statement (, which is central to our mission. We acknowledge historical, structural, and systemic injustices and are actively working to build a culture that recognizes, values, and empowers all people and provides space for discourse and growth. We expect applicants for this position to demonstrate a commitment to sustaining a respectful, accountable, and intentionally inclusive culture.

Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $38,700 to $48,400; salary commensurate with relevant experience.

* Post-secondary education preferred
* Two to five years academic library experience in technical services areas, academic library preferred
* Demonstrated commitment to customer service, including initiatives and follow-through
* Experience with integrated library systems, Alma preferred
* Knowledge of MS Excel and spreadsheet management.
* Knowledge of OCLC, Library ILS and accounting systems, PeopleSoft preferred.
* Experience searching monographic and serial vendor databases.
* Ability to interpret MARC bibliographic and holdings records and cataloging data.
* Experience communicating with vendors with appropriate follow-up.
* Demonstrated willingness and ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
* Effective verbal and written communication skills.
* Computer literacy; comfort with rapidly changing technologies.

Note: We expect all staff to learn and grow in their jobs, therefore applicants who do not meet all of the preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply.

Closing Statement

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored403bRetirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sickand Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process and requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans.To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

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