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Instruction & Public Services Librarian, Boston College (Boston)

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.

Hiring Range: $65,800 - $82,250



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
 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.

Please submit BOTH a cover letter and resume 

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$65,800.00 - $82,250.00  / year

Salary Notes

Salary to be determined based on experience

Closing Date

How to Apply

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2022-07-29 |  Quick link to this job