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Collection Development/Reference Assistant, Boston College (Boston)

The Boston College Libraries seeks a Collection Development/Reference Assistant to join the collaborative team at the Theology and Ministry Library (TML). We're looking for someone who is enthusiastic about supporting students, and interested in theological library collections and research.

Working Hours

During the regular academic year, this is a Tuesday - Saturday position as follows: 

Tuesday - Friday 11am - 7pm

Saturday: 10am – 6pm

NOTE: Hours will vary during summer and University breaks.


Staffs the Reference Desk, providing basic research assistance to library users.
Coordinates serials-related activities, including: receiving, checking-in, claiming (if necessary), and displaying of new journal issues; shifting journals from the Reading Room to the bound journals stacks according to schedule; and, should serials binding resume post-pandemic, managing all aspects of serials binding.
Works closely with New Testament Abstracts (NTA) editorial staff to maintain smooth workflows for journal donation, acquisition, and use, and in the processing of monograph donations.
Supervises student employees and oversees Access Services on Saturdays during the regular academic year.
Purchases library collection materials with assigned purchasing card (P-Card) and conducts initial P-Card monthly reconciliation with related bank statement.
Collaborates with other staff on social media outreach activities, assisting with the coordination of posts and planning thematic content development.
Corresponds with students, faculty, and staff of the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) and St. John's Seminary (SJS) in matters related to research support and the library's collections.
Develops book displays, web-based research guides, and other resources to highlight the library’s collection.
Reports to the Senior Research Librarian/Bibliographer at the TML.

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.


Bachelor’s degree preferred
Proficiency in the use of library and social media technologies
Good understanding of library classification systems
Familiarity with basic theological vocabulary
Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
At least one year of prior work experience in an academic library
Demonstrated customer focus
Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace
Proven ability to function within a team environment

If you feel that you meet some but not all the requirements, don't let a confidence gap stop you from applying. Sometimes a list of qualifications can miss the elements that would most strengthen our team; we value the many different skills which make all of us unique.

Please apply at and submit both a cover letter and resume

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$39,900.00 - $49,850.00  / year

Salary Notes

Salary TBD based on experience

Closing Date

How to Apply

To apply please visit and submit both a cover letter and resume


2022-09-08 |  Quick link to this job