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Library Assistant, Buckingham Browne & Nichols School (Cambridge)

BB&N is seeking a part-time/hourly Library Assistant. The Library Assistant assists with front desk circulation, shelving, helping patrons locate books, implementing library policies, special projects, and providing library coverage. The Library Assistant also provides clerical and administrative support, including new book processing and copy cataloging; book repairs; collection inventory; and weeding. Additionally, the Library Assistant aids in promoting library events and programs as needed. The Library Assistant is considered an integral part of the four-person library team, which includes two Co-Directors and an Archivist. This is a part-time academic year position of 20 hours per week in the Upper School Library. The schedule will be from 1-5 pm, Monday through Friday.

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Buckingham Browne & Nichols is a day school that engages students in grades Pre-K through 12 in a rich and invigorating educational experience of the highest quality. The school excels at helping students discover their unique talents and passions and develop those strengths to the fullest. The curriculum is challenging, forward-thinking, innovative, and flexible, designed to help qualified students, from a range of backgrounds and with a wide spectrum of talents and interests, reach new levels of accomplishment. Co-curricular opportunities in athletics, the arts, community service, and other areas add important dimensions to students’ learning. Students learn on three age and developmentally appropriate campuses. At every grade, BB&N takes full advantage of the range of opportunities its locations afford.

BB&N is committed to becoming an anti-racist institution. This commitment is integral to the mission and vision of the School. BB&N’s mission is to promote scholarship, integrity, and kindness in diverse, curious, and motivated students. The School prepares students for lives of principled engagement in their communities and the world. At BB&N, we value a diverse and inclusive community that fosters respect for the identities and perspectives of all. The different perspectives and experiences of our students define the fabric of our community and contribute to the growth of the individuals who call BB&N their alma mater and shape the classroom and extracurricular experiences. To have as classmates and friends who are different from oneself, to come to truly know the background, experiences, and beliefs of a new friend, is to learn more deeply about oneself and our world. There is no more important attribute in the preparation for global citizenship.

The vibrancy and vitality we feel in the classrooms, hallways, stages and playing fields of BB&N derive from the people who are here. At its root are the varied interests and experiences, the different backgrounds, cultures, religions, views, and perspectives that our students and faculty bring to their classes and families bring to myriad activities. Each of us adds to the richness of another’s experience. Working and playing together teaches us lifelong lessons about appreciating each other, knowing and understanding each other, and learning from each other.


The successful candidate will have at least a Bachelor’s degree and some experience working in a library and/or working with 14-18 year-olds. Additionally, the successful candidate will demonstrate patience, flexibility, and dependability, as well as have strong multi-tasking and self-starter skills. The candidate should be comfortable working in a bustling library environment that hosts up to 100 students during busy blocks. 

The Library Assistant will demonstrate solid competencies, including:

enjoyment working with students in an educational setting;
commitment to fostering an inclusive community;
attention to detail;
computer skills;
the ability to work independently;
the ability to lift 20 pounds;
good organizational skills;
excellent oral and written communication skills;
the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues. 

Full/Part Time

Part Time




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2021-06-10 |  Quick link to this job