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Resource Acquisitions Assistant, Boston College (Boston)

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


● 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, PeopleSpft 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.

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/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$39,900.00 - $49,850.00  / year

Salary Notes

TBD based on experience

Closing Date

How to Apply

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume at


2022-07-21 |  Quick link to this job