Scholarship Opportunity: Bookbuilders of Boston 2020

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 area universities and colleges, providing 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 exploring the Open Access landscape in academic publishing. The student will have the opportunity to work with the Digital Scholarship Group on projects that support Boston College open access journals

Projects will demonstrate how open publishing can help remove financial barriers by providing free access to scholarship from all over the world. At the BC Libraries, we add to this effort by indexing our scholarly journals in the Directory of Open Access Journals, gathering analytical statistics based on the total readership of the academic journals hosted here at Boston College, and promoting these findings to centers and institutions on campus which may be interested in starting their own journals.

Skills learned and developed will be applicable in careers in online publishing, digital marketing, editorial work, academics, and digital scholarship. The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in open access and an affinity for marketing and promotion. Basic graphic design and web competency skills are a plus. 

The stipend for this work is $3,500 to be distributed over the course of the project, and it is expected that the 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 2021.

To apply, please send a one to two page statement outlining your interest and relevant background, skills and learning goals by January 24, 2020, 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 they will be officially recognized along with the other recipients representing colleges and universities throughout Boston.