Burns Library Assistant
Boston College 4.286 reviews - Chestnut Hill, MA

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Reporting to the Senior Reference Librarian/Bibliographer at the John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special collections, the Burns Library Assistant supports the daily operations of the Burns Library Reading Room.

The John J. Burns Library of Boston College is best known for its collections in Irish history, literature and music, its holdings of nineteenth and twentieth century British & British Catholic Authors, Jesuitica (books written by Jesuit authors until the suppression of the Society of Jesus in 1773), and the unique Williams Ethnological Collection, which features maps, books, prints and manuscripts related to Caribbean history. The Burns Library also houses the University Archives of Boston College, including Boston College yearbooks, campus publications and faculty papers.

Duties: Performs data entry, maintaining files and researcher/use statistics, scanning, answering researcher inquiries and serves as the regular staff member working weekend and evening hours (Wednesdays until 8 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.) during the Fall and Spring semesters. Supervises student workers, gives library tours, contributes posts to Burns Library blog and to exhibits, as well as other related duties.


Bachelor's degree desirable. At least one year of experience in an academic setting, preferably library-related. Excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong planning and organization skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task; the ability to work well in a team environment.

Experience working with a diverse public in a customer service or similar position; strong interest in special collections and archival research and the ability to be flexible and to maintain a professional demeanor when working with faculty, students and visiting scholars.

Closing Statement

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

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Founded in 1863, Boston College is a coeducational university with an enrollment of 9,000 undergraduates and 4,700 graduate and professional...