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Assistant Head, African Studies Library, Boston University, Boston MA

Position Purpose/Summary:  

  • Collaborate with the Head of the African Studies Library to develop policies and implement projects to achieve the collection and service objectives of this specialized library.
  • Use web based scholarly resources, such as databases and journals to instruct and assist students and faculty in their research.
  • Search and acquire materials published in Africa using sophisticated software systems for accounting, discovery, and fulfillment.
  • Digitize key resources in the African Studies Collections for inclusion in BU’s institutional repository, a growing, open repository which showcases BU resources.
  • Publicize to faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, the scholarly resources and services available through the BU Libraries.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Exceptional technology skills, experience with databases, analytical tools and computers.
  • Proficiency with digitization equipment (e.g. scanners, digital cameras), software, and an understanding of file formats. 
  • Outstanding customer service and communication skills with faculty, students, and staff.
  • Highly proficient in the use of web-based scholarly resources such as databases, journals, digital collections, and bibliographic management tools.
  • Ability to organize work, assess work priorities and effectively manage projects
  • Ability to manage, coach, and train student workers in a collegial work environment.
  • Knowledge of French or Portuguese and/or an African language highly desirable.

Education and Experience:

  • B.A./B.S. required.
  • Master’s degree in Library Sciences and/or Africana preferred. 
  • At least three years of experience in a public services role in an academic library, preferably in an African Studies Library.


Salary:  Grade 71


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