Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication Librarian

Newton Centre, MA
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Salary: $67,100 to $83,850
Created: September 14, 2021


​​I’m sharing this open position, which is at my former institution. I was in this role for nine years and found it to be a great opportunity, with wonderful colleagues. While it is in the law library, this position does not require a JD or other legal or law library experience. I am not involved in this hiring process, but if you are considering applying and have questions that I might be able to answer, please feel free to reach out.

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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 9,445 full-time undergraduates and 5,125 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 878 full-time and 1,201 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.2 billion, and an endowment in excess of $2.8 billion.

Job Description

The Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication Librarian leads the law school in the creation, curation and long-term preservation of digital projects and collections. This librarian provides vision and guidance for the law school’s institutional repository, setting priorities that respond to the needs of the law school community. This librarian also has a leading role in the development of the law school and law library websites.

This librarian supervises one full-time staff member, the Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication Specialist, and is part of the library’s Collection Services & Digital Initiatives Department. Core responsibilities of the position include:

  • Management of Digital Commons @ Boston College Law School, the law school’s institutional repository

  • Working with faculty members to support and promote their scholarship

  • Supporting and advising Boston College Law Review in all areas related to digital publishing

  • Contributing to the development of the law library and law school websites

  • Developing and maintaining digital special collections that document the history of the law school

Position Details:

Department: 056601 - Law Library

Position: 00012450 - Digital Services and Institutional Repository Librarian

Grade: 3RD


Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $67,100 to $83,850; salary commensurate with relevant experience.



A master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association is required, along with some experience in an academic library setting.


A successful candidate will possess the following skills and qualities:

  • Strong technical skills and willingness to learn and adopt new technologies

  • Strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail

  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and manage projects

  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion

  • Demonstrated ability to work with all members of the law school community in a friendly, courteous, and professional fashion

  • Enthusiasm for contributing to a collaborative work environment

Experience, coursework or knowledge in the following areas is required:

  • Knowledge of trends, issues, and library services related to open access and scholarly publishing

  • Technical, policy, and copyright issues related to institutional repositories and scholarly communication

  • Metadata standards and metadata creation

  • Analyzing, using, and transforming metadata in a batch or automated fashion (e.g. using XSLT, Microsoft Excel, or MarcEdit)

Experience, coursework or knowledge in one or more of the following areas is preferred:

  • Digital preservation and curation

  • Digitization standards and practices

  • Analyzing data and creating reports

  • Web technologies, including XML, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Supervisory experience is preferred


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

Boston College conducts background checks including education, and verifies COVID-19 vaccination 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

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at

How to apply


Nick Szydlowski
Scholarly Communications & Digital Scholarship Librarian
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library
San José State University


Published: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 20:21 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, September 14, 2021 20:21 UTC