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Archivist Librarian, Kingston Public Library (Kingston)

What an exciting time to join Team Kingston. Our rich history is just one part of this exciting opportunity. Together, the new Archivist and the Kingston Library will continue the amazing reputation we have to provide patrons top notch service. Interested? Visit to review the full job description and apply.

Essential Functions: 

Manages and coordinates the local history, collections, services, and resources for the Kingston Public Library. Coordinates access to, management of, and preservation of local history collections, which includes materials of significant historical and monetary value. Promotes and provides physical and remote access to the collections, proactively and by request.

Develops and describes the local history collections.  Designs, develops, and maintains systems to manage physical collections and digital content.  Creates and maintains relational databases, finding aids, metadata records and other descriptive tools according to best archival practice and observed demand.

Seeks out and assesses donations and purchases of historical and research materials. Deaccessions material.

Ensures that all materials are appropriately housed and stored in appropriate physical environment.

Manages LHR server on the Library's network. Creates online sites and services for internal and external audiences.

Designs and develops digital initiatives. develops priorities and plans for digitizing collections.

Performs a wide variety of reference services; assists patrons with requests for information or materials; performs detailed research work upon request making use of the sources available and online without regard to format.

Advises patrons on the local history collections and resources; provides referrals; teaches patrons, the staff and volunteers on how to use the collection; preservation methods and techniques and related technologies as appropriate.

Initiates and executes outreach programs to increase public awareness and knowledge of Kingston history and LHR resources and services with local schools and organizations, Town departments, other libraries and historical institutions.

Represents the library at professional meetings; attends conferences, seminars and other meetings at local, state and national levels.

Prepares and administers grants relating to Local History resources and programs.

Participates in continuing education and attends workshops to keep abreast of latest developments in the preservation of historical materials and the provision of archivist services.

Provides coverage at public service desks when assigned by Library Director.


Recommended Minimum Qualifications:    Education and Experience:  A Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited with the American Library Association; a minimum of three to five (3-5) years related work experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of the job.    

Special Requirements:   Librarian certification from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is required.  CORI certification is required as a condition of employment.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skill

Knowledge: Working knowledge of the principles and practices of professional library work including procedures and practices of archival management; knowledge of the history of New England and the United States as well as the development of record-keeping systems and media formats; knowledge of new technologies in support of operations and archival services including the Internet and social media.  Knowledge of and interest in preservation resources and techniques as well as scholarly research trends, conventions, techniques, metadata standards and practices.  Knowledge of online digital image repository systems, practices and procedures. Working knowledge of office software, Internet, web site, digital imaging, and social media in support of department operations.

Abilities:  Ability to work independently with a high degree of accuracy; ability to use a variety of computer software programs as well as print and electronic resources such as on-line databases. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to collaborate with co-workers on cooperative approaches to provide services.  Ability to establish priorities, set and meet deadlines, handle numerous diverse tasks in a timely and effective manner, organize programs, use web resources in local history services, and to complete objectives in a timely manner consistent with department operating procedures and policies and to integrate emerging technologies into traditional archives services. Ability to foster community awareness of the services available in the LHR. Ability to effectively use all library equipment and technology.

Skill:  Proficient interpersonal, customer service and community outreach skills to interact with adult patrons of all ages; proficient oral and written communication skills; excellent organizational, and technology skills.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$43,911.00 - $74,435.00  / year

Salary Notes

Hire rate considerations of experience and internal equity.

Closing Date

How to Apply

Application Procedure:

Qualified applicants should complete the Town of Kingston employment application found on the Town website under Human Resources and submit their résumé. Please include a cover letter with salary expectations. Application materials can be emailed to, mailed to the Town of Kingston Town House Attn: Human Resources or hand delivered.  This is a Schedule B2:S3 position on the Town’s Wage and Personnel Bylaws with 10 steps of salary. FY22 range is $43,911 - $74,435 with rate considerations of experience and internal equity. This is a 35 hour per week position consisting of a schedule that is conducive with the library’s hours of operations.


2021-11-12 |  Quick link to this job