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Librarian, State Library of Massachusetts (Boston)


The State Library of Massachusetts seeks an enthusiastic and creative full-time librarian reporting to the Head of Reference and Information Services to provide research assistance, work on digitization projects, and collaborate with all library staff on promoting our resources and services.  The successful candidate must enjoy working with a wide range of users and share an active commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion in our collections and services.

Duties and Responsibilities

Staff the Library’s virtual and in-person reference and research service desks. Follow policies and procedures of the Library
Locate, scan, and prepare metadata for government documents and other digitalization projects
Participate in the Library’s inventory projects, collection maintenance and space planning efforts
Under the direction of the Technical Services staff, add electronic and digitized documents to the Library’s DSpace digital repository
Under the direction of the Technical Services staff, assist with cataloging projects, including original and copy cataloging
Assist with maintenance of website and update the Library’s social media accounts to keep a strong online presence
Undertake outreach activities to promote the Library’s resources and services
Exhibits professional growth through participation on task forces, committees, trainings, workshops, and professional conferences
Perform other duties as required


Qualifications Required at Hire

Considerable knowledge of Library and Information Science, including current practice in Reference services, cataloging/metadata, digitalization, and preservation
Basic knowledge of legal research and/or government documents
Expertise with commercial online databases and internet resources
Working knowledge of common equipment, computers, and software used in libraries and information centers
Experience with integrated automated library systems, preferably Evergreen
Ability to work on an individual project and work on a team project with fellow staff
Experience with social media
Ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form
Ability to lift 25 pounds

Qualification Acquired on the Job

 Detailed knowledge of federal and state legislative procedures

Knowledge of Massachusetts government structure and Massachusetts history
Detailed knowledge of Massachusetts and federal government documents
Awareness of State Email system
Knowledge of State Library policies and procedures
Knowledge of Evergreen online public catalog and automated circulation systems
Knowledge of electronic repositories, DSpace
Minimum Entrance Requirements

Master’s degree or fifth-year degree from a graduate school of Library and Information Science accredited by the American Library Association and certification by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners

Contact Christopher Dupuis at

Qualifications - External 

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.



SUBSTITUTIONS:  Refer to Licenses. 

-  Certification as a Professional Librarian by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  

-  Based on assignment, travel may be required.  Those employees who elect to use a motor vehicle for travel must have a current and valid Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Operator's license or the equivalent from another state. 

Executive Order #595: As a condition of employment, successful applicants will be required to have received COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption as of their start date. Details relating to demonstrating compliance with this requirement will be provided to applicants selected for employment. Applicants who receive an offer of employment who can provide documentation that the vaccine is medically contraindicated or who object to vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief may make a request for exemption. 

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.


First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

To apply for this position please send resume and cover letter to:

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$51,609.00 - $70,283.00  / year

Closing Date

How to Apply

Any questions please contact:


2021-10-13 |  Quick link to this job