Digital Scholarship Librarian

at Boston College (view profile)
Location Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Date Posted October 29, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

Boston College Libraries are seeking two collaborative, creative, technically-savvy, and engaging individuals to support our digital scholarship initiatives. Reporting to the Head of Digital Scholarship, these two Digital Scholarship Librarians will join the Libraries’ Digital Scholarship Group, each specializing in either digital scholarship instruction or project planning and execution.

Applicants should indicate their primary area of interest.

The successful candidate will manage digital scholarship projects, lead instruction and consultation sessions on digital research, and provide design and technical support on project work. This role requires exceptional project management skills, strong technology skills, creativity, familiarity with research methodologies, and excellent communication skills. The ability to listen, articulate problems, and find effective technology solutions across a variety of disciplines, while working with a range of clients from novice scholars to senior faculty, is essential. This position will create and maintain project documentation for a growing corpus of digital scholarly production.
This position will work extensively with a cohort of liaison librarians to identify technologies and tools appropriate for disciplinary needs. The successful candidate should be comfortable working with a variety of digital methodologies and technologies, including but not limited to: text and data mining, digital exhibit creation and curation, mapping, and network analysis. The Digital Scholarship Librarian may supervise student employees.

The successful candidate will lead all aspects of our digital scholarship instruction program, including both the development of internal staff training and external-facing sessions and curricula. This position requires a collaborative approach to teaching and learning, excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, and comfort with the breadth of digital scholarship tools and possible applications (text analysis, GIS/mapping, network analysis, digital exhibits, etc.) The ability to listen and engage with research across a variety of disciplines and a range of clients, from undergraduate and graduate students to faculty, instructors and staff, is essential. The successful candidate will be expected to identify areas of need based on assessment and data gathering and develop individual and group programming in response.

This position will work extensively with a cohort of liaison librarians to identify areas of professional development and create programming to support librarians. The Digital Scholarship Librarian may supervise student employees.

All applicants must submit resume and cover letter.

Title and salary commensurate with relevant experience based on the following titles and hiring ranges:

Senior Digital Scholarship Librarian title requires 5 years of experience,  $65,750 - $82,200

Digital Scholarship Librarian requires a minimum of 1 year experience,  $59,600 - $74,500


Both positions require a graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library or digital scholarship experience.
Research indicates that applicants with marginalized identities are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all of the required and preferred qualifications. We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills. We strongly encourage those who are passionate about digital scholarship to apply.

Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status.  To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits including depending on your job classification eligibility;

Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, and Dental Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance
Eligibility for both 401K and University Funded 403B Retirement Plans
Paid Holidays Annually
Generous Sick, and Vacation Pay
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Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at