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Head Librarian, Collections, Boston College Libraries (Boston)

Boston College Libraries seek an experienced leader for the position of Head Librarian,
Collections to direct and plan the Libraries’ collection development strategies and activities. This
role establishes policies, priorities, and strategies for collection development and maintenance,
and works collaboratively with the Heads of the Educational Initiatives and the Digital
Scholarship departments as “Cohort Leads” to all of the liaison librarians. This “cohort” model,
initiated in 2019, has proven to be successful at cultivating the work of liaison librarians by
jointly supervising and supporting them in the three primary areas of their responsibilities:
Collection Development, Teaching and Learning, and Digital Scholarship. Working in this
shared leadership model calls for flexibility, true collaboration, and a desire to enrich the
outcomes of the work of library liaisons as they manage ever-increasing demands and
This position is a key stakeholder/library leader in all collections-related initiatives taking place
at the University, notably the Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society (program
opening Fall 2021). The interdisciplinary focus of this program calls for collaboration and
support by multiple Liaison Librarians, coordinated by the Head.
Key responsibilities include:
● Working closely with the Associate University Librarian for Collection Services and the
Head of Resource Acquisition & Management, identify strategic directions for collection
building and collection/budget management and ensure effective stewardship of
University allocated funds.
● Oversee and participate in the management of the budget (ca $12,000,000). The Head of
Collections allocates monographic subject funds and, in collaboration with the Budget
Group, monitors and manages expenditures of the collections budget, including
endowment and end of year funds.
● Provide analysis, evaluation, and reports on the collection and expenditures for library
● Work with Access Services, Metadata, and Electronic Resources to manage ongoing
space planning challenges.
● Represent Boston College in collaborative collections work, such as the Boston Library
Consortium Heads of Resource Management, the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust
(EAST) print retention program, and the Northeast Regional Libraries consortium
(NERL)/Center for Research Libraries (CRL).
● Act as the liaison librarian for a limited subject area (to be determined), and provide
coverage as needed for vacant liaison positions.
● Represent the University Libraries at regional and national collections conferences and
● Provide direct supervision of all Liaison Librarians, with support and input from the Heads
of Educational Initiatives and Digital Scholarship.


Masters Degree in Library Science from an ALA Accredited institution
Academic Library experience as a subject liaison

Preferred qualifications:
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.

● Advanced degree in a relevant subject area
● Experience in the selection of scholarly materials
● Familiarity with library budgeting practices and challenges
● Knowledge of the scholarly communication landscape
● Work experience that demonstrates a high level of collaboration, initiative and
● Ability to work effectively with diverse groups with a demonstrated commitment to
responsive and quality library services
● Supervisory experience

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$90,600 to $113,250

Closing Date

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2021-03-10 |  Quick link to this job