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Part-Time Reference/Teen Librarian, Weymouth Public Libraries (Weymouth)

Opened on October 1st, the new Tufts Library is the flagship library of the Weymouth Public Libraries. The new 50,000-square-foot library includes five meeting rooms, ten study rooms, a digital media lab, local history center, teen room, quiet room, library programming rooms, and an outdoor amphitheater. Partially funded by a Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program grant, the $33 million library embraces innovation while honoring Weymouth’s storied past.

Part Time: 23 hours per week. When Open on Saturdays: Mondays through Thursdays 5:00PM to 9:00PM and Saturdays 9:00AM to 5:00PM. When Closed on Saturdays: Mondays through Thursdays 5:00PM to 9:00PM and Fridays 9:00AM to 5:00PM.


The Weymouth Public Libraries is in need of a proven professional and self-starter who is interested in being a key member of a progressive, dynamic library system. We seek an innovative, collaborative, flexible, and service-oriented librarian to provide professional and technical support to teens and adult patrons. The ideal candidate has strengths in programs and services for teens, contemporary and classic teen literature, and current and emerging technologies.

Works under the general supervision of the Head of Reference & Adult Services and in collaboration with the Teen Librarian. Performs library duties at the professional level in assuming immediate responsibility over programs and services for teens in grades 7-12.

Job Environment
Work is performed under typical office and library conditions. The work environment is moderately quiet. Occasionally required to work outside of normal business hours. In addition, may be required to work on weekends and evenings when staffing levels and staffing situations dictate.

Operate computer and other standard office equipment. Experience working with an integrated library system and emerging technology. Familiarity with downloadable media, blogs, social media, and website maintenance.

Daily contact with library patrons, other town departments, and other library organizations by phone, in person, and in writing. Excellent customer service skills required.

Essential Functions
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Provides general reference service using print and electronic resources and reader’s/listener’s/viewer’s advisory service to patrons of all ages in person, by telephone, and via email. Participates in library instruction and reference use program, actively supporting the program and helping to market it to patrons and the community through outreach and publicity.  

With the direction from and involvement of the Head of Reference & Adult Services and in collaboration with the Teen Librarian, develops a full range of teen programming including but not limited to book clubs, special events, music and arts programs. Responsible for programming from stage of conception through planning and publicity, and follow up.

Works with members of the Teen Advisory Group as well as other teen groups such as the Anime Club and book clubs.

Establishes effective working relationships with teachers, school administrators, and school librarians in order to enrich teen collection and associated programs and services.

Recommends materials for the development of the teen reference and general collections. Actively participates in collection development and weeding.

Assist patrons with the online public access catalog and public computers.

Updates library website and social networking sites as needed to promote teen programs and services. Explores new technologies for communicating and engaging teens.

Active participation expected on library network committees and/or statewide committees as needed.


Recommended Minimum Qualifications
Education and Experience
Substantial completion of work towards a master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited school or a master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited school. Public library experience preferred.

Knowledge, Ability, and Skill
Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of library principles, practices, and current trends and resources in reference. Thorough knowledge of teen literature, teen reference sources, including print, databases, and online sources. Knowledge of and comfort with emerging library/information technology skills and trends.

Ability and Skill: A strong public service commitment with excellent customer service and communication skills. Ability to provide consistent, high-quality and patron-centered service. Excellent skills in interpersonal relations, and written, oral, and online communication. Excellent organizational, planning, and problem-solving skills. Ability to work creatively, effectively, independently, and cooperatively with colleagues, patrons, and the community at large, especially teens. Ability to foster open communication and cooperative relationships. Must have superior abilities in the area of reference and reader’s/listener’s/viewer’s advisory. Ability to troubleshoot public computers and printers. Have a broad understanding of archival practice and digital technology-related activities. Should be comfortable with public speaking and have presentation experience.

Physical Requirements
Light physical effort required in carrying and shelving books, and in performing other typical library functions. Frequent standing, walking, bending, reaching, and climbing. Ability to operate a keyboard at an efficient speed. Frequently required to sit and talk or hear, use hands to finger, handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with arms and hands. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move materials weighing up to 10 pounds.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Full/Part Time

Part Time




$23.9794 per hour

Closing Date


How to Apply

Applicants interested in applying for a position can send their resume and application either by fax to 781-682-3561, by email to, or by mail or in person to Human Resources, 182 Green Street, N. Weymouth, MA 02191. The Town of Weymouth Employment Application and the Equal Employment Opportunity Form can be found at Questions can be directed to Human Resources at 781-340-5010.


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