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Instruction & Public Services Librarian

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

The John J. Burns Library of rare books, special collections, and archives at Boston College seeks a creative, collaborative Instruction and Public Services Librarian (or archivist) to coordinate, deliver, and support a range of user-focused services, including:
integrating special collections materials in teaching and learning
supervising onsite and remote reference and research services
participating in the Burns Library outreach program through blogs, social media, exhibits, and other avenues.
The ideal candidate will have a passion for effective, efficient, and user-centered public services. They will have the demonstrated ability to contribute to a team environment where consultation, communication, creativity, and flexibility are essential. A strong service orientation is key, as is a desire to partner with other library staff to foster and encourage the use of special collections resources and services. They will have enthusiastic approaches to reference, teaching, and outreach opportunities, and the ability to adapt to serve our audiences better.
We value qualified candidates who bring a diversity of backgrounds and experiences to our community, and we expect all staff to learn and grow in their jobs. Therefore, applicants who do not meet all of the preferred qualifications are still encouraged to apply.
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: $65,800 to $82,250; salary commensurate with relevant experience.


A master's degree in library, archives, or information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent degree/experience in an archives, special collections library, research library, or cultural institution setting
At least two years of experience in providing reference and instruction services in an archives, special collections library, research library, or cultural institution setting
A strong commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of library work
The ability to work collaboratively and collegially with diverse groups
A demonstrated ability to explain and clarify information to staff and researchers possessing different degrees of aptitude
Effective and engaging reference, presentation and/or instruction skills
Strong communication, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
The ability to manage multiple responsibilities at once, to focus on priority tasks while keeping track of other projects, and to meet deadlines.
A proven ability to work independently and collaboratively
Ability to work occasional evening and weekend hours
Willingness and interest in continual learning through work-related experiences, training, and professional development
Previous full time personnel management experience
Previous project management experience
Knowledge of current and emerging trends in research and instructional services
Knowledge of the Aeon and ArchivesSpace public user interface systems
Knowledge of primary source information literacy theory and practice
Knowledge of Active Learning techniques
At least 2 years of experience in providing outreach services in an archives, special collections library, or cultural institution setting

Please submit both a Cover letter and Resume

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

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at

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