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Reference & Geospatial Librarian, Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA


Building upon the legacy of Norman B. Leventhal's vision and leadership, the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library seeks a Reference & Geospatial Librarian to help deliver on the mission of the Leventhal Map Center to spark curiosity and learning among people of all ages.

Stewarding the Boston Public Library's cartographic collection of more than 200,000 maps and 5,000 atlases, the Leventhal Map Center is ranked among the top map centers in the United States for the size of its collection and the significance of its historic (pre-1900) material; its track record of outstanding public exhibitions; innovative K-12 education programs for students and teachers that enhance the teaching of subjects from geography to history to language arts to STEM; and advanced digitization program and website offering access to the digital collections, tools, and other resources. 

The collection is the second largest in the country located in a public library, and the Leventhal Map Center's mission encompasses providing broad and free access to and meaningful engagement with these invaluable resources for scholars, educators, students, and the general public. 

The collection is primarily from the United States, World, and Europe, and dates from 1482 to the present. It features four "Collections of Distinction":

  • The American Revolutionary War period (defined broadly as 1750 to 1800, these maps highlight Boston's role in the revolution but also document the crucial events that led from the French and Indian War to the War for Independence to the formation of a new nation during the last decade of the 18th century).
  • Boston and New England (depicting the physical and cultural geography of the New England region, these maps, bird's eye views, and atlases provide moderate scale coverage of the entire region as well as large scale coverage of Boston and individual towns and counties throughout Massachusetts and the neighboring states).
  • Maritime Charts and Atlases (dating from the 17th century through the 19th century, these charts and nautical atlases pertaining to the North Atlantic, and the coastal waters of Europe and the United States produced by commercial firms and government provide resources for tracing the routes of early explorers, reconstructing the maritime history of New England, and studying the history of publishing navigational aids).

The Leventhal Map Center's last major exhibition, We Are One: Mapping America's Road from Revolution to Independence featured 60 maps, 40 prints, paintings, and objects selected from 20 partner institutions, including the British Library, the Library of Congress, and private collectors. It attracted 107,000 visitors at the Boston Public Library, and another 120,000 at Colonial Williamsburg. It will open at the New-York Historical Society in November 2017. The semiannual changing exhibitions in the Leventhal Map Center's own gallery attract approximately 60,000 visitors each. 

With a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Leventhal Map Center has developed partnerships with nine institutions including the British Library, Library of Congress, and private collectors to offer on Leventhal Map Center's website 2,200 high resolution digitized maps of the American Revolutionary War era.


We welcome qualified candidates from a wide variety of backgrounds including history, geography, historical cartography, geospatial technologies, and digital humanities to apply for the positon.

The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. City of Boston residency is not required.

Please submit cover letter and resume by email.

Please begin subject line with Last name, First name, Reference and Geospatial Librarian.

Connie Chin


Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

700 Boylston Street Boston, MA 02116


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