Jobs for Medievalists

Head of Special Collections Technical Services, John J. Burns Library, Boston College

The John J. Burns Library at Boston College seeks a knowledgeable, collaborative, and forward-looking Head of Special Collections Technical Services to direct and manage a broad array of functions pertaining to the description and preservation of rare books and special collections. S/he will lead a team of Burns Library staff who catalog, conserve, and maintain the storage of Burns Library collections, and will work closely with the Burns Library Head of Archives. S/he will also coordinate special collections cataloging projects performed by other Boston College Libraries staff and will perform additional original and complex copy cataloging of rare materials.

S/he will contribute to the development and documentation of procedures for the ongoing systematic review and correction of legacy metadata for Burns Library materials and coordinate their implementation, especially for the purpose of preparing materials for digitization. S/he will also guide the development of efficient end-processing and preservation workflows.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, this newly created role includes supervision of three full-time positions, including the Burns Library rare book cataloger, conservator, and collections management assistant. As a member of the Burns Library management team, the successful candidate will share in the responsibility for fostering a culture of collaboration that consistently delivers high levels of energy, performance, and impact.

Applicants must have a master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent. Preferred candidates will have at least four years of experience working in an academic or research library or archives in progressively responsible roles, including two or more years of supervisory experience. Applicants should have expert knowledge of current and emerging standards pertaining to the creation and management of descriptive metadata for rare books and special collections, including, but not limited to, MARC, AACR2, RDA, DCRM, Dublin Core, VRA, METS, and MODS. Reading proficiency in Latin and/or one or more modern European languages is highly desirable.

About the Boston College Libraries

The Boston College Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, OCLC Research Library Partnership, HathiTrust, Boston Library Consortium, and other organizations that extend our reach globally. Following a year-long strategic and organizational planning process that coincided with retirements in several areas, the Libraries are currently seeking seven highly collaborative professionals to provide leadership and direction for newly configured and innovative services. The Libraries offer an agile and dynamic environment that encourages exploration of user-centered initiatives.

About Boston College

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,100 full-time undergraduates and 4,400 graduate and professional students. Ranked 30 among national universities, Boston College has 786 full-time faculty, 2,524 FTE non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.3 billion.

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process. Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office of Institutional Diversity at

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As part of their online application, applicants should submit a current resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter, and list of references. References will not be contacted without prior permission. The salary range for this position is $73,950 – $92,450 depending on qualifications and experience. The priority deadline for applications is April 11, 2016, but the position will remain open until filled.

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