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Research Collection Manager, Boston Public Library (Boston)

The Boston Public Library is seeking a Research Collection Manager to provide leadership and oversight to the Boston Public Library’s extensive research collection, which consists of an estimated 16 million items, including, books, serials, government documents, microfilm, archives, and other formats. The BPL is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), one of only two public libraries to hold this distinction. 

The Research Collection Manager will create and implement strategies related to research collection development, stewardship, storage, and public access, and work with other institutions to explore collaborative collection relationships. Research collection materials are held at the BPL’s Central Library in Copley Square and at the library’s off-site storage facility at the City of Boston Archival Center. 

Scope of Responsibility 

* Develops the BPL’s research collection strategy, including the approach to collection acquisition, retention, weeding, and access. Works with Research Services and Collection Development to set priorities for acquisition and collection maintenance. Develops guidelines to implement the strategy in coordination with relevant departments. 

*Coordinates and manages the access, use, maintenance, and storage of research collections at the Central Library and off-site storage facilities. Works with Collection Development to ensure streamlined acquisitions and maintenance procedures. 

* Oversees the BPL operations in the City of Boston Archival Center, in coordination with Library Services and Operations & Technology divisions. Supervises BPL staff assigned to work at the Archival Center. 

* Works with Research Services to evaluate participation in Federal Depository Library Program and develop strategy for storage, access, and use of government documents. 

* Investigates, explores, and oversees cooperative collection arrangements with other institutions. 

* Collaborates with relevant departments to identify and transfer materials to and from the research collection. In coordination with the Collections team and relevant departments, determines appropriate locations for materials. Develops criteria and workflow for transferring collections to offsite storage. 

* Develops strategy and guidelines for description and discovery of research collection holdings, including cataloging and retrospective conversion projects, serials holdings in the research collection, and digitization selection workflows. 

* Collaborates with relevant departments and vendors to evaluate electronic resources and identify gaps or overlap in physical and digital content. Oversees budgets related to electronic and physical serials, in coordination with the Collection Development Manager. 

* Collaborates with relevant departments to implement preservation program for research collections, including stacks cleaning and bindery programs. Works with the Preservation team to assist in monitoring environmental conditions and reporting issues. 

* Represents the Library for capital and other projects related to the environmental improvements, space planning, and/or storage of collections. 

* Builds and fosters productive partnerships with peer libraries, other non-profits, and the commercial sector. 

* Stays abreast of emerging technologies and assists in evaluating, recommending, and incorporating information technologies and best practices for continued research collection improvements. 

* Commits to keeping current in the best practices of the profession by taking advantage of training and development activities, by reading professional literature, and by participating in professional activities. 

* Represents library at local and national conferences as assigned. 


Experience: Demonstrated seven years of professional experience in management of research collections required. Knowledge of current developments within research collections, including collection retention and storage, required. Experience with the development or oversight of shared print collections highly desirable.

Requirements: This position will split time between the Central Library in Copley Square and the City of Boston Archival Center in West Roxbury. 

Residency: Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire. 

CORI: Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$80,000.00 - $104,000.00  / year

Closing Date

How to Apply

To apply to this position, visit the City of Boston employment website. Please combine your cover letter and resume in a single PDF file and attach them together in the resume upload section. URL: 

The City of Boston is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment. Therefore, qualified applicants will be considered regardless of their sex, race, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, military and veteran status, or other protected category.


2021-11-19 |  Quick link to this job