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Resource Acquisitions Librarian, Boston College, Newton, MA

Boston College seeks a knowledgeable and innovative individual for the position of Resource Acquisitions Librarian. The successful candidate, under the supervision of Head of Resource Acquisition & Management, provides strategic vision, leadership, innovation, assessment, and management of all aspects of acquisitions and electronic resources management, budget and services.

 This position directly oversees, supervises, and trains monographic acquisitions staff, and manages operations for O'Neill Library and some of the special libraries. This position also develops and oversees projects, working with Head of Resource Acquisition & Management and other managers, to devise and refine processes that optimize services across the Libraries, with a focus on ensuring the ability to utilize available technologies to streamline processes. 


  • Develop and provide reports and analysis of collections and/or financial data to Budget Group, managers, subject librarians and other library staff as well as provide support for budget management and planning.
  • Collaborate with Head of Resource Acquisition & Management and other library staff to ensure the smooth development and implementation of department workflows for monographs, continuing resources and electronic resources, identifying problematic areas and ensuring that action items are brought to the attention of appropriate technical services staff
  • Supervise the work of five staff members to ensure timely and accurate processing of orders, claims, invoices, and gifts and provide input to Head of Resource Acquisition & Management on individual staff performances.
  • Resolve problems with duplicate orders, claims, and credits for returns and supports the work of the Head of Resource Acquisition & Management through accurate and timely monitoring of the materials budget in Alma and PeopleSoft and the preparation of reports.
  • Manage the timely and accurate ordering of new materials and processing of invoices, claims, and credits to effectively control the budget and inventory.
  • Work as a team member to resolve problem reports from vendors and patrons.
  • Serve on committees, working group and task forces as needed.


  • 5 years of post MLS experience preferred
  • 1-3 year of supervisory experience preferred
  • Experience with acquiring of library material from monographic vendors
  • Understanding of automated library acquisitions systems and processes
  • Understanding of accounting principles and practices
  • Experience working with electronic resources, serials and e-books in an academic library
  • Experience working with subscription vendors, publishers, interface providers.
  • Experience with reviewing and negotiating license agreements preferred.
  • Experience with the variations of electronic resources, licensing, packages, platforms, aggregators, and vendors, and the ability to manage at the big picture level
  • Experience with collections budget management
  • Experience with assessment and analysis of collections and budget
  • Comfort with technology and ability to exploit new and existing technologies to refine workflows
  • Understanding of technical services workflows and familiarity with metadata formats and cataloging rules
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills


Full-Time Equivalent Hiring Range: $64,500 to $80,600; salary commensurate with relevant experience.  

About Boston College: 

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

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