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Senior Substitute Librarian, Somerville Public Library (Somerville)

Somerville is a city that upholds progressive principles for both employees and residents. The City of Somerville embraces and encourages an innovative, empowering, and collaborative workplace culture in a fast-paced, challenging environment. The City also offers a generous benefits package that embodies a strong work-life balance. Not only is Somerville a “Model City,” as termed by The Boston Globe, but it is also a model employer.

The part time Senior Substitute supports library staff by offering assistance to patrons of all ages at Somerville’s Central and Branch libraries. Duties include covering public service desks in Reference, Children’s, Teen, and Circulation departments as needed; offering reference and readers’ advisory; assisting with programs and outreach initiatives; and other duties as assigned.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, with occasional exposure to outside elements.  Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. 

PHYSICAL AND MENTAL REQUIREMENTS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential function.

Physical Skills : Little or no physical demands are required to perform the work.  Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing.  There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as books, office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs.).  Job requires ability to bend, lift and carry library materials and pull book carts (up to 50lbs.)

Motor Skills: Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone system, computer and/or most other office equipment, typing and/or word processing, filing, and sorting.

Visual Skills: Visual demands include constantly reading documents in print and on the computer, for general understanding and for analytical purposes

Hours: Part Time Less Than 19 Hours Not Benefit Eligible


Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library and Information Science program required. Students currently enrolled in an accredited graduate library school program, with current or past coursework in reference, reader services, children and youth services, and related areas are encouraged to apply. Knowledge in the principles and practices of public library operations, excellent reference and customer service skills, and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing are required. Weekend availability, flexible schedule, and ability to fill-in at a moment’s notice required. Multilingual abilities a plus.

Full/Part Time

Part Time




$19.87 per hour

Closing Date

How to Apply

This position will remain open until filled. Send your resume and cover letter to:

City Hall Personnel Office
93 Highland Avenue
Somerville MA 02143
Fax: 617-666-4426
TTY: 1-866-808-4851

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Individuals with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication, written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures, in order to access the programs and activities of the City of Somerville or to attend meetings, should contact the City’s ADA Coordinator, Nency Salamoun, at 617-625-6600 x2323 or


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