Scholarship Opportunity: Bookbuilders of Boston 2019

Bookbuilders of Boston, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1937 to promote excellence and innovation in book publishing and manufacturing, makes annual grants to Boston College and other area universities and colleges to provide student scholarships for engagement in projects that build awareness and practical knowledge of various aspects of the publishing industry.

The Boston College Libraries are seeking a BC undergraduate or graduate student interested in digital publishing tools and platforms. The student will have the opportunity to collaborate with O’Neill Library staff on several initiatives, including the development of resources that support our open access publishing efforts and taking part in a text encoding project of archival materials. Skills learned and developed will be applicable in careers in online publishing, digital marketing, editorial work, and digital scholarship.

Working with the Boston College Libraries Digital Scholarship Group, you will support digital publishing practices by creating materials to promote the Library’s open access initiatives. You will also learn best practices for encoding digital, historical content and presenting this material online.

An ideal candidate will demonstrate interest and ability in learning and applying new technologies, as well as an interest in digital humanities. No computer programming skills required, but an understanding of basic HTML and CSS, as well as popular digital publishing platforms, such as WordPress, will be helpful, but training will be provided.

The stipend for this work is $3,500 to be distributed over the course of the project, and it is expected that candidate will invest up to 200 hours of time into the project overall. The project timeframe is flexible depending on the candidate’s availability, but will need to be completed no later than January 2020.

To apply, please send a one- to two-page statement outlining your interest and relevant background, skills and learning goals by February 1, 2019, to Sarah Melton ( Please include your full name, class year, and contact information on a separate cover sheet.

The successful candidate will be invited and expected to attend a reception for all Boston-area Bookbuilders scholarship recipients in April, where s/he will be officially recognized along with the other recipients representing colleges and universities throughout Boston.