Boston Athenaeum

10 1/2 Beacon St.
Boston, MA 02108

Date Posted:
July 23, 2019

Eastern Massachusetts

Information Systems/Technology


Systems Librarian


The Boston Athenæum seeks a Systems Librarian who will serve as part of a small, but dynamic team that manages and maintains the Athenæum’s various library and collections management systems, websites, computers, servers, networks, and cloud-based systems. The Systems Librarian will report to the Director of Information Technology and be a member of the Information Technology (IT) department. The Systems Librarian’s primary role will be to focus on library and collections focused software and resources. In addition to this primary role the Systems Librarian will also help with general IT functions such as user account management, desktop setup and troubleshooting, and AV support.


  • Manage and maintain the Boston Athenæum’s library software including the integrated library system, the digital asset manager, and the special collections management software, specifically Voyager, CONTENTdm, and Aeon. This will include writing and running queries, contacting software providers, updating to new versions, customizing web interfaces, and batch updating authority and bibliographic records.
  • Keep abreast of technological developments in the library space especially with respect to collections management and digital preservation.
  • Help maintain the collections management software used for paintings and sculpture.
  • Help administer the proxy server to provide offsite access to electronic resources for members.
  • Maintain and perform updates to the main website as well as associated sites.
  • Write or update system scripts such as those in Python.
  • Help manage, configure, and customize cloud resources.
  • Provide documentation and training to staff as needed.
  • Help manage user accounts on various systems (Active Directory, GSuite, Voyager, etc.).
  • Provide desktop, laptop, and printer support (installation, maintenance, troubleshooting, and decommissioning).
  • Provide audiovisual support backup.
  • Work some weekday evenings/Saturdays as necessary (infrequent).
  • Perform related duties as assigned.
  • Voluntarily serve on the Boston Athenæum’s Librarians Council, a forum for librarians from across the institution to meet and discuss librarianship.


  • Master of Library and Information Science degree from an ALA accredited library school.
  • Submit to and pass a background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment verifications and Registry of Motor Vehicles (if applicable).
  • Ability to lift and move equipment weighing up to 65 pounds, including monitors, computers, printers, and servers.
  • Ability to work both independently and in collaboration with others in a professional manner.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, confidentiality, and discretion.
  • Commitment to fostering a workplace culture of teamwork, diversity, and inclusion.


  • Experience with library and collections software.
  • Experience providing end user technical support.
  • Experience with web design and/or development.
How To Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume, including current availability,

The Boston Athenæum is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage individuals of diverse backgrounds to apply and are committed to hiring individuals who value a diverse and inclusive work environment. The Boston Athenæum is also committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Manager, Hannah Ovaska, at 617-720-7622

Apply by:
August 23, 2019
About this Organization:

Founded in 1807 as “a fountain, at which all, who choose, may gratify their thirst for knowledge,” the Boston Athenæum has evolved into a beloved subscription library, specializing in history, biography, literature, and art. 5,000 Households maintain active memberships in the Athenæum, and enjoy a range of services from individualized reference assistance to superb children’s programming, from discussion groups to curated selections of digital and print resources. Tourists and scholars from around the world consult the quarter-million rare items in the collection, which includes George Washington’s personal library; an important collection of early American portraits; rich holdings related to the Civil War and documenting New England’s built environment; and the Athenæum’s own historical archives, attesting to the institution’s role in American arts and letters. Each year, the Athenæum offers hundreds of cultural programs— including lectures, concerts, performances, exhibitions, and tastings—within its exquisite National Historic Landmark structure, widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.