Scott Britton describes the eight positions that the library plans to fill in the coming months.
Following a year-long strategic and organizational planning process that coincided with retirements in several areas, the Boston College Libraries will be filling eight positions this spring and summer. While we always redefine positions before posting them, this unusually high number of simultaneous vacancies allowed us to think creatively and broadly before determining what the new positions would be. We are excited about hiring so many new people onto our staff and are equally excited by the new services they will provide. For several of these candidates, we are fortunate to have the assistance of faculty members who will participate in the interview process and provide valuable feedback to help us select a candidate who is the perfect fit for the Boston College community. Below is a brief description of the new positions.
The Head of Special Collections Technical Services (Burns Library) will direct and manage a broad array of functions pertaining to the description and preservation of rare books and special collections, and lead the team that catalogs, conserves, and maintains the storage of Burns Library collections.
The Head of Digital Scholarship will lead a team and colleagues across BC to envision, plan and deliver innovative and sustainable digital research. Through exploration of new technologies and engagement with digital scholarship and digital library practices, standards and systems, this individual will provide strong leadership, coordination, and project management for the team, as well as a technical expertise.
The Digital Scholarship Librarian / Bibliographer (2 positions: Liaison to English or History) will advance digital scholarship by providing research services, technical support, and project management assistance for members of the BC community engaged in technology-rich scholarly projects. Both librarians will maintain deep knowledge and practical expertise in an evolving interdisciplinary landscape of digital scholarship tools and methods, including but not limited to textual and spatial analysis, statistical computation, and data visualization. Each position will also serve as Bibliographer / Liaison for either English or History.
The Collection Development Librarian (and Social Sciences Bibliographer) will provide leadership and stewardship of Library collections across all subjects, with an emphasis on the social sciences. This person will also provide research services and instruction for either the Lynch School of Education, or the Political Science Department and the interdisciplinary programs of Asian and Asian American Studies, Islamic Civilization and Societies, Jewish Studies, and International Studies.
The Reference Librarian/ Bibliographer (Social Sciences) will provide research services and instruction for either the Lynch School of Education, or the Political Science Department and the interdisciplinary programs of Asian and Asian American Studies, Islamic Civilization and Societies, Jewish Studies, and International Studies. This person will develop collections which support the research, teaching, curriculum and educational needs within the assigned subject areas.
The Discovery Services Librarian will provide access to scholarly resources and services by managing, developing, and supporting public-facing discovery and access applications (e.g. Primo, ILLiad, Rapid, NRE, OJS, Islandora).