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Librarian, Special Collections, The Bostonian Society, Boston, MA

The Bostonian Society

Position Title: Special Collections Librarian, Part-Time

Reports to: Director of Education and Exhibitions

Since 1881, The Bostonian Society (TBS) has collected, preserved, and made accessible for research a wide range of paper materials relating to the history of Boston through its library and archives. Highlights include sources on New England and Boston history, colonial history and the American Revolution, city directories from 1789 onward, and Massachusetts Revolutionary War military records. The archives contain a wide selection of historical documents, including manuscript collections, financial records, broadsides, maps and plans, and newspapers.  The library maintains a photography collection, which documents Boston from the 1850s to today.

Job Summary: The Special Collections Librarian role is a part-time (16 hour-per-week) position, during regular office hours of 9 - 5, Monday through Friday. The Special Collections Librarian is responsible for the care, preservation, and management of all materials contained in the library and archives. Accessibility is a high priority for the Society and the Special Collections Librarian plays an important part in making our collections accessible to everybody.



  • Oversee the care, preservation, and management of the Bostonian Society Library and Archives;
  • Manage and catalog archival and library materials;
  • Manage archive and library information in Re: discovery/Proficio, the Society's collections management software;
  • Respond to requests by staff, researchers, and the general public for access to and information about the Bostonian Society's archival and library holdings;
  • Manage on-site researchers in TBS's library and archives;
  • Coordinate rights and reproductions for use of TBS materials, including, access to deliverables, permission process, and payments of fees;
  • Collaborate with Education and Exhibitions Department on projects involving the display and interpretation of archival materials;
  • Rotate and maintain all archival items on exhibit;
  • Generate content featuring archival material for social media and the blog.


 Qualifications include:

  • American Library Association-accredited Masters of Library Science;
  • 1-3 years of experience working in archives;
  • Familiarity with methods of historical research;
  • Knowledge of archival standards and best practices;
  • Proficiency with databases and digitization;
  • Excellent organizational, writing, interpersonal, and communication skills;
  • Knowledge of Boston's history and the American Revolution preferred.


The work of this position takes place at a historic site. Incumbent should be able to carry equipment and supplies up and down stairs and able to lift 20 pounds.


This part-time position pays $21 per hour. PTO time is accrued based on hours worked.


Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample to by Monday, January 22, 2018.


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