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, the Boston Athenæum is located at 10½ Beacon Street on Beacon Hill. A distinguished membership library and cultural institution with a long history at the center of intellectual life in Boston, the Athenæum hosts events nearly every week of the year and supports a dynamic exhibition program. It desires to be a place that is welcoming to all, a place that nurtures a sense of wonder and delight in sharing the joy of physical books, maps, prints, and other works of art, and a place that fosters community and civil discourse as members and guests engage in face-to-face interactions.

The Athenæum’s collections are housed within a National Historic Landmark that is widely regarded as one of the most beautiful libraries in the world. The reading rooms—crowned by the silent, barrel-vaulted fifth floor—have served as a haven and inspiration to countless writers and researchers. The library maintains over 600,000 volumes with strengths in history, biography, and literature, as well as fine and decorative arts. Notable holdings include primary materials on the American Civil War; the largest portion of President George Washington's library from Mount Vernon; a first edition copy of Audubon's The Birds of America; a 1799 set of Goya's Los caprichos; one of the most extensive collections of contemporary artists' books in the United States; and numerous artworks, including portraits of notable Americans such as Hannah Adams, John Marshall, and Alexander Hamilton, and by artists such as Gilbert Stuart, John Singer Sargent, Allan Rohan Crite, and Polly Thayer Starr. Membership is open to all, and visitors are warmly welcomed Tuesdays through Saturdays.