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Senior Librarian--Head of Reference and Adult Services, Acton Memorial Library (Acton)

Acton Memorial Library seeks a new Senior Librarian--Reference and Adult Services to join our team.

Acton is a community that values lifelong education, equity, and innovation.  We seek a candidate who shares these values. The library is well-used in our community and the new Head of Reference and Adult Services will spend time answering Reference and other questions in person, on the phone, through email, and on our website. Excellent and evolving customer service skills are a must. The people-oriented Head of Reference and Adult Services will use relevant library trends and technologies to provide the best possible services to all residents including immigrants, teens, and seniors. 

This position is part of a team that makes decisions for the library involving staffing, collection development, technology, programming, and services for adults and teens. The person in this position will supervise and mentor library staff and volunteers. Applicants should have ample experience making impactful decisions for an organization and have several years of experience supervising others. A leader inside and outside the library, Acton’s newest staff member will be involved in professional organizations and seek learning and leadership opportunities outside the library. 

If you are an enthusiastic, organized, public-service oriented librarian with broad library and leadership experience, we invite you to apply. Please carefully read the full job description available on the Town website for further details. 

Duties: Responsible for, either directly or through delegation, all routine functions of the Reference & Adult Services Department including: materials selection and collection maintenance, service on the public desk, answering library users’ questions and assisting them in using the library’s collections and technology; planning and initiating public-service oriented responses; training and supervises employees in the department; overseeing and creating  publicity and user documentation; overseeing and may participate in program planning and publicity; acting as content manager for library website

Schedule: Full time benefited position for 40 hours a week Monday through Saturday. Schedule includes two evenings a week and one Saturday in three. Occasional Sunday hours at time and a half.  


Minimum Entrance Requirements: ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science plus 3 years of appropriate public library experience in a high volume, fully-automated library; supervisory experience; demonstrated knowledge of current trends in library services and technology for users; attention to detail; experience in basic computer trouble shooting; demonstrated communication, organizational and public service skills; experience working with different cultures.

Preferred qualifications: Significant prior experience in collection development, technology and online searching; experience planning and executing programs; website maintenance; prior experience with III SierraTM ILS; fluency or working knowledge in Chinese, Russian, Spanish, or Portuguese (Brazilian dialect).

Special Requirements: Ability to travel occasionally to meetings in eastern Massachusetts.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




I11 $31.5053- $41.1071/hr. in ten steps; benefits

Closing Date

To receive first consideration please apply by February 26, 2021.

How to Apply

To Apply: Submit resume and cover letter to the Human Resources Department by email at Acton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please carefully read the full job description available on posting on the Town website for further details.


2021-02-10 |  Quick link to this job