Senior Reference Librarian/Bibliographer

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Job Description

Department: 060021 – O’Neill Library
Position: 00014285 – Senior Reference Librarian/Bibliographer

This position, reporting to the Head, Collection Development and Research, provides reference services and bibliographic instruction for the Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre departments and for media and image collections support for the Libraries. Provides outstanding service to library patrons through direct client assistance, individual consultations, and library instruction programs. Serves as part of the Research and Collections team in providing high quality service to users of the Libraries’ reference, instruction and collections services.

This position develops a collection which supports the research, teaching, curriculum and educational needs of the faculty, students and alumni within the assigned subject areas.  Evaluates and selects books, recordings, videos, databases and/or other materials in all formats to be purchased and recommends appropriate resource allocation.  Apprises faculty of new materials, technological changes, services and research tools, as well as developing innovative uses of current technology.  Develops effective teaching programs to enhance library instruction for the curriculum in the classroom, in individual consultations, and on the web.  Collaborates with librarians and other campus agencies to develop outreach strategies and partnerships with faculty and students supporting digital research projects. Charged with proactive communication with the Fine Arts, Music and Theatre departments, and the development of appropriate tools and communication vehicles, such as newsletters, Research Guides and web pages, to promote and facilitate access to collection information and library services and to ensure that all scholarly information and data services are met.  To this end, consults with faculty on their ongoing research and training needs and participates in faculty meetings, colloquia and task forces.

Participates in community outreach programs provided by Boston College as a library resource. Is involved in committee work, library initiatives, task forces and professional organizations.  Defines and manages priorities, procedures, and the workflow for assigned area and advises others on issues which affect this area of specialization.
Reports to Head, Collection Development and Research

Title and Salary are dependent on candidate’s qualifications.

Job Description

This position engages in vigorous outreach programs to the undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in the Fine Arts, Music and Theatre departments.  Manages the media budgets and collections, and serves as a contact for questions regarding the media and image collections.  Works closely with the Burns Library and Digital Research & Instruction Services. This position influences, expands and re-defines BC libraries services for faculty, students in a 21st century library, builds relationships internally and externally, and informs our work as a learning organization.

The current liaison structure provides for considerable flexibility, with the expectation that there is a high level of proactive interaction and initiatives between faculty, students and the librarian. The University Libraries are focused on developing greater integration with academic departments and ensuring that librarians are considered vital partners in the research process.  The Boston College Libraries are engaged in an ongoing strategic planning process and the evolving liaison role is essential to defining the Library’s future.


This position requires a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution.

A Master’s degree in Art History or related area is preferred.

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