Digital Scholarship Librarian, Boston College

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

The Digital Scholarship Librarian will employ both experience with History research methods and technical expertise to advance the integration of library liaison responsibilities and digital humanities to the History Department. We are seeking a creative librarian familiar with History collections and instruction who is motivated to investigate new tools and collaborate with faculty, students, and other librarians to initiate and support digital projects. This Digital Scholarship Librarian / Bibliographer advances digital scholarship by providing research services, technical support, and project management assistance, focusing on applications in the humanities, as well as providing liaison services for the History Department.

S/he maintains knowledge and practical expertise in an evolving interdisciplinary landscape of digital scholarship tools and methods. S/he works with researchers and the Digital Scholarship Team to define the scope, methodology, technology, and specifications and/or design of digital projects; collaborates with librarians and other campus agencies to develop outreach strategies and partnerships with History faculty and students supporting digital research projects; assesses trends in digital scholarship, identifying priorities for the attention of BC Libraries; and effectively deploys technical, scholarly, and project management skills to bring digital projects to completion.

This position is the primary liaison to the History Department, offering research support and library instruction; apprising faculty of new resources, evolving services and research tools; as well as introducing relevant technologies. Working with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, s/he effectively responds to requests, offers instruction, and manages the English collections, evaluating and selecting monographs and journals to support research and teaching needs.

Reporting to the Head of Digital Scholarship, the Librarian makes significant contributions to library digital initiatives through development of the digital scholarship program and by acting as a model and a resource for other Reference Librarian/Bibliographers. Supports History Department faculty, as well as post-docs, graduate students, and undergraduate students in their research and teaching. Provides direction for some student employee work activities.

Position Details:
Department: 060021 – ONeill Library
Position: 00003409 – Digital Scholarship Librarian/Bibliographer for History
Grade: 3RD


*Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution

*The Digital Scholarship Librarian role requires at least two years of directly related experience with digital humanities and subject liaison responsibilities;  the Senior Digital Scholarship Librarian role requires a minimum of five years of directly related experience.

*Demonstrated application of digital humanities methods and technologies to investigate research questions, including but not limited to data visualization, mapping, statistical analysis, text mining and encoding, and other computational methods.

*Practical knowledge of and experience with a range of established and emerging technologies, such as website creation, online exhibitions, social media, digitization and OCR, data visualization, geospatial analysis, encoding and text mining, programming and scripting languages, format conversion and editing protocols and tools, graphic design, relational databases, metadata schema, and open web standards.

*Demonstrated knowledge of and experience supporting academic departments, including developing and managing research collections, providing research assistance, and teaching library instruction sessions.

*Must have a commitment to responsive and quality library services.

*Must be able to work collaboratively within a team environment.

*Superior oral and written communication skills across service, scholarly, and technology domains.

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

In order to be considered as an official candidate to Boston College, please note that it is necessary to apply online at

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