Boston University Librarian

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
28 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
25 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Tracking Code 5169/J2517

Job Description

Boston University Libraries seeks a transformational leader who will re-envision a 21st century hybrid library with an advanced capacity to support research teaching and learning across geographic, language, and disciplinary borders, leveraging innovations in digital and information technology. S/he will lead BU’s Mugar Memorial Library and branches (currently African Studies, Astronomy, Music, Visual Arts, Science and Engineering, Stone Science, Pickering Educational Resources, and the Frederick S. Pardee Management Library) in collaboration with the Fineman and Pappas Law Libraries, the School of Theology Library, the Alumni Medical Library, and the Gottlieb Archival Research Center to achieve this goal. The University Librarian will lead the ongoing development of the vision and goals of the Library, integrate the plans of the Library with those of the University, and effectively communicate the vision and goals both within and beyond BU.

The successful candidate will be nationally and/or internationally recognized with demonstrated organizational leadership and substantial professional experience in library management. S/he shares BU’s global perspective and has the capacity to play a prominent role in shaping the landscape of scholarly resources and support at BU, working across the university. The Librarian will have a strong commitment to open access and innovative approaches to the enablement and preservation of scholarly work in the digital age. S/he will show the ability to develop the library into a nimble instrument capable of serving the broad range of research, teaching and learning interests at BU, including reshaping the physical space of the library in support of current and emerging learning and research activities. The Librarian will form partnerships and help to garner resources in support of this vision.

This position reports directly to the Boston University Provost. The full position description is available at the Librarian Search Advisory Committee Website.


Boston University (BU), a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), is one of the leading private research and teaching institutions in the world, with two primary campuses in the heart of Boston and programs around the globe. Chartered in 1869, the University today enrolls over 33,000 students including over 16,000 undergraduates and employs nearly 10,000 faculty and staff members across 16 schools and colleges.

Boston University Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries since 1962, advance the University's research and teaching agenda with broad digital, online, and physical resources supported by extensive research and scholarly services. Current holdings comprise over 2.4 million physical volumes, 45,000 unique serial titles, 77,000 media titles, and 21,000 items in a fast- growing open access institutional repository. Research and scholarly support includes tutorials, instruction from research basics to graduate-level with a strong commitment to information literacy, reference services in each of the libraries and virtually, specialist consultations, curated guides, and digital scholarship and data management services. Specialized libraries, such as the Music Library and African Studies Library, develop targeted collections for area-specific research. The Libraries budget is approximately $22.8M, and our staff is comprised of 280 FTE.

Required Skills

Please do not apply through the HR website

Exceptional candidates are encouraged to submit a confidential letter of interest and CV or resume to:

University Librarian Search Advisory Committee

c/o Tracy Schroeder, Vice President, Information Services & Technology

Office of the University Provost

One Silber Way

Boston, Massachusetts 02215

Boston University prohibits discrimination against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. Boston University strongly encourages minority group members, veterans, disabled individuals, and women to apply for positions for which they are qualified and that are of interest to them.

Job Location Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Position Type Full-Time/Regular