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Business Innovation Librarian, Boston Public Library, Boston, MA

Position Overview

Under supervision and within the framework of the Library's polices and practices, to assume develops and implements strategies to increase awareness, knowledge, and use of the collections and service of the Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center, with a focus on business innovation and entrepreneurship.

Reports to:

Curator of the Kirstein Business Library & Innovation Center (KBLIC) or other ranking staff member


As assigned, professional and support staff


Scope of Responsibility

1. Assists in planning and managing the services, operations, and staff of the team.  Assumes administrative responsibility for the day-to-day operation of the team in the absence of the Curator or other ranking staff member.

2. Performs difficult and involved reference service requiring a high level of professional competence and specialized knowledge in locating materials and suggesting resources within the KBLIC and in other locations.

3. Provides general reference assistance to the public in person, on the telephone, and online.

4. Assists patrons in the use of the KBLIC and related library resources through personal consultation, instruction, programs, online guides, and other means.

5. Assists in the selection of KBLIC materials in all formats for all subjects that fall within the department's area of responsibility and, in collaboration with appropriate staff, recommends materials in all formats to complement the Library's collections.

6. Builds and maintains connections with businesses, trade groups, libraries, business organizations, and other groups that would benefit from knowledge about the mission and services of the KBLIC, as related to business innovation and entrepreneurship.

7. Increases knowledge of the services and collections of the KBLIC by providing outreach in the form of training, tours of the space, publications, workshops, presentations or other methods.

8. Develops relationships with organizations and individuals seeking entrepreneurial opportunities and initiates new ways to provide relevant programs and services.

9. Cultivates partnerships with organizations and individuals to provide unique and entrepreneurial programming in the KBLIC space.

10. Conducts staff and public trainings on a variety of topics including the use of library resources in KBLIC, and other personal and professional skill-building programs especially focused on those skills useful to patrons seeking business, personal finance, and career related information.

11. Assists in identifying and delivering business resources from KBLIC and other BPL collections for digital conversion and online access.

12. Responsible for oral presentations and written reports on assigned activities.

13. In collaboration with KBLIC staff, develops and prepares digital content for display and interactive installations in the KBLIC.

14. Promotes use of the resources and collections provided by the KBLIC by assisting in development of discovery tools and resource guides online, developing content for the web and bibliographies, preparing written descriptions, and organizing programs.

15. Participates in the development and implementation of innovative online services that connect KBLIC users with collections, lowers hurdles to access for researchers, and facilitates the sharing of knowledge among users.

16. Participates in the Senior on Duty rotation and responsibilities.

17. Performs other related and/or comparable duties as assigned.



  • Proficiency with MSWord, Publisher, Power Point, and Excel.
  • Ability to execute library policy.
  • Broad knowledge of the library's collections and excellent knowledge of best practices in library work with all formats, including familiarity with pertinent professional literature and familiarity with preservation practices.
  • Extensive knowledge of book and non-book materials; comprehensive knowledge of bibliographical tools and sources.
  • Ability to plan and supervise the work of others.
  • Demonstrates initiative and independent decision making skills.
  • Communicates effectively and presents ideas clearly.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively.
  • Identifies, plans, and prioritizes job responsibilities and tasks; determines and implements project timelines.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to adapt to change.
  • Ability to collaborate with library staff, external partners and resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate and implement complex projects involving several diverse resources and stakeholders.
  • Familiarity with technology and information literacy principles, standards, and modes of teaching.
  • High degree of comfort with computer hardware, operating systems, software applications, and Internet searching and browsing principles.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to present complex technical information to a general audience.
  • Tact; dependability; good judgment; and courtesy.


Minimum Entrance Qualifications:


A Bachelor's Degree from a recognized college or university and a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent degree from an accredited library school. Pertinent subject knowledge and/or specialized training required. In exceptional instances specialized education, training, and/or experience may be substituted for a part or all of the educational requirements.


  • Four (4) years of professional experience.
  • Experience with course development and presentation in library-related fields.
  • Proficiency in standard computer applications, spreadsheets, databases, and the Internet.
  • Experience with course development software preferred.
  • Excellent knowledge of online communications and social networking tools.


  • Some evening and weekend hours.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.
  • Residency - Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
  • CORI - Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.


A link to the full job description can be found here.

Req ID: 2018-15926 

Dept: Boston Public Library 

Position: Regular Full-Time 

Location: BPL, Kirstein Business Branch 

Hours per week: 35

Salary Min: 57,412.62 

Salary Max: 77,434.65 

Union/Salary Plan/Grade: PSA/P-3

Openings: 1 

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