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Outreach Librarian, Berkshire Athenaeum (Pittsfield)

Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield's Public Library is seeking to fill the position of Outreach Librarian/Subject Specialist.  This professional will work as part of the Reference Team, under the general supervision of the Reference Services Supervisor, to meet library and departmental goals. Decision-making and problem solving, including interpretation of library policy and the exercise of independent judgment are necessary. In-depth knowledge and ability in advanced library procedures, including research and the teaching of research skills are required.  Comfort with technology and a commitment to keeping tech skills current are essential. A desire and aptitude for listening and "talking library" with potential partners, business owners, and patrons-to-be outside the Athenaeum walls is critical. Initiative in project planning and outreach to promote library services in the community is the core mission of this position. Public desk staffing is routinely involved. Some clerical tasks are assigned. 

This is a full-time position working thirty-five hours per week.


-Masters Degree in Library Science.
-Specialized knowledge of library operations and services.
-Skill in collecting, organizing and analyzing numerical data.
-General knowledge of office procedures.
-Knowledge of current trends in field of expertise (e.g., online searching, business resources, music and arts resources, local history, genealogy, archives, etc.).
-Knowledge of reference services and sources
-Solid understanding of integrated library systems, computing, mobile technology and basic hardware and software for initial troubleshooting.
-Ability to discern patrons’ needs and to communicate clearly when answering questions and providing information.
-Skill in personal time management.
-Skill in written communication.
-Ability to organize and present information to a group.
-Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with general public in an urban library setting.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$20.36 - $26.59 per hour in 10 steps

Closing Date

Friday, April 10, 2020

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2020-03-09 |  Quick link to this job