Special Collections Metadata Librarian

Updated: 3 months ago
Location: Chestnut Hill, MASSACHUSETTS

Boston College Introduction

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,484 full-time undergraduates and 5,250 graduate and professional students.  Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 888 full-time and 1,281 FTE faculty, 2,711 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.4 billion, and an endowment in excess of $3.5 billion.

Job Description

The Boston College Libraries is seeking a versatile Special Collections Metadata Librarian to engage in the creation of robust, high-quality, accurate metadata for a wide variety of printed and published materials. The incumbent will create MARC21 catalog records for published materials across collecting areas, primarily focusing on modern and early printed materials, graphics, audio/visual materials, maps, and archival collections. They will also assist with the development and implementation of initiatives to assess and enhance legacy metadata and the cataloging of early printed materials.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for facilitating discovery and supporting access to special collections materials in a variety of formats and languages. They will work collaboratively with the Head of Metadata and Conservation Services and other cataloging staff, to ensure that cataloging policy and metadata creation adheres to national and local best practices.

Salary and Title will be determined based on experience:

  • Sr. Special Collections Metadata Librarian, 5 yrs. experience with MLS                    $71,500 - $89,350
  • Special Collections Metadata Librarian, 2 yrs. experience with MLS                         $64,850 - $81,050
  • Associate Special Collections Metadata Librarian 1 yr. experience with MLS           $58,650 - $73,300

Applicants with all levels of experience are encouraged to apply. Please submit BOTH a cover letter and resume when applying. For information about the Boston College University Libraries and the application process for this position, please visit: http://libguides.bc.edu/employment. 


  • A master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent is required.
  • Applicants should have experience creating robust metadata in a special collection setting or contributing to metadata initiatives.
  • Proficiency in library management software such as OCLC and Alma is strongly preferred.
  • Additional experience in the application of additional DCRM manuals or cataloging of non-book formats is preferred.

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility.  Additional benefits can be found on https://www.bc.edu/employeehandbook

Boston College Libraries operate in accordance with our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion values statement (http://library.bc.edu/edi), 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.

Closing Statement

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

  • Tuition remission for Employees
  • Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
  • Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Low-Cost Life Insurance
  • Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans
  • Paid Holidays Annually
  • Generous Sick and Vacation Pay
  • Additional benefits can be found on https://www.bc.edu/employeehandbook

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

Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at https://www.bc.edu/diversity .

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at https://www.bc.edu/nondiscrimination .

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