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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

The John J. Burns Library is seeking a flexible and productive Special Collections cataloging assistant to contribute highly accurate records to the library catalog. The incumbent will facilitate access to the Library’s growing
collections of more than 200,000 rare and modern printed volumes and extensive holdings of audio-visual materials, maps, and other graphical works on paper through the creation of copy and complex-copy MARC records in compliance with RDA and local best practices. The incumbent will also participate in backlog reduction and metadata remediation initiatives


The ideal candidate is highly detail-oriented and interested in providing access to special collections materials through the creation and maintenance of metadata. A bachelor’s degree is preferred, and significant experience creating copy catalog records in an academic or special collections library is highly desirable. Experience or coursework in special collections librarianship, metadata creation and management or monographic cataloging is desirable.

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