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Library Assistant, Reader Services, American Antiquarian Society (Worcester)

DEPARTMENT: Readers’ Services

REPORTS TO: Head of Readers’ Services

FTE/Hours: Full-time, 35 hours per week, non-exempt
Salary Range: $19.00-$21.00/per hour

Location: Worcester, Massachusetts

Term: Position is funded through 8/31/2022. There is a possibility for permanent extension or renewal that will be determined no later than July 2022.

Deadline to apply: Applications accepted on rolling basis and will be listed until filled

Start date: Flexible, but as early as January 3, 2022

Organization Description: The American Antiquarian Society is a learned society and national research library dedicated to collecting, preserving, and providing access to the printed record of the United States through 1876. The Society’s collections are used by scholars, students, creative and performing artists, and writers in many fields studying and working with American history and culture. The Society is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at all levels of the institution, as expressed in Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility: a statement from the Council and Staff of the American Antiquarian Society.



Under the direction of the Head of Readers Services, the assistant will perform a variety of duties within the Readers’ Services department, the reading room, and at the reception desk. The library assistant will work to facilitate the research process for readers while ensuring the security and integrity of library materials.


-Page and re-shelve collections materials
-Monitor the reference desk and reading room to ensure collections security and proper handling of materials
-Oversee reader’s use of collection materials and ensure all reading room procedures are followed
-Monitor and troubleshoot processes within the online request system
-Interview and provide reading room orientations to new readers, explaining collection handling policies and reading room procedures (including the online catalog, digital resources, and the online request system)
-Provide research support for readers in person and remotely
-Act as liaison between readers and other staff as necessary


-Open and close the reading room each day, keeping it organized
-Prepare research quality photocopies and digital reproductions of materials
-Assist with operations at the reception desk, allowing receptionists to take breaks as needed
-Update stacks maps and range labels when collection locations change
-Assist in training of summer pages and interns
-Other duties as assigned


Duties require periods of standing, walking, sitting. Duties require occasional periods of climbing or balancing, pulling/pushing items including book trucks with materials, lifting/carrying items weighing up to approximately 30 lbs., reaching with arms and hands. Vision and hearing at or correctable to “normal ranges.” Other physical tasks include use of hands for basic grasping/manipulation, use of hands for fine manipulation, occasional reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching, keyboarding. Physical duties are subject to change.

Most duties are performed indoors in office environment with artificial light and cool, thermostatically controlled temperatures. The noise level is low. May be exposed to dust, mold, and/or other organic material or other irritants. Hazards are considered minor and controllable.


This is a non-exempt full time, 35 hour per week position (40 hours with 1 hour unpaid lunch per day). Library hours are M-F 9-5.


The range for this position is $19.00-$21.00 per hour.

Examples of benefits for full-time staff are vacation, sick and personal time, as well as 13 paid holidays, your birthday off and a paid full-office closure for approx. one week in December. We also have employer-sponsored health insurance, life insurance, disability coverage, retirement plans, professional development funds, among other benefits.


As an equal opportunity employer, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to equal employment and promotion opportunity regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.



-1+ years of work experience, preferably in a library, research or academic setting
-Basic computer and technological knowledge: Windows, Microsoft Office, and library workflow management software preferred (specifically Aeon)
-Basic knowledge of reference work and general library functions
-Good written and verbal communication skills
-Ability to interact with readers and program participants in a friendly, accommodating manner
-General background and interest in early American history topics
-Ability to work well both individually and collaboratively
-Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
-Ability to read cursive handwriting
-A commitment to providing equitable access to collections materials


High school diploma with some library experience at minimum; bachelor’s degree or equivalent preferred. MLS/MLIS is a plus but not required.


Ability to read, understand, speak and write in Standard English; ability to communicate effectively in English with individuals in person, over the telephone, and via the printed word; familiarity with foreign languages—especially German, French, Spanish and Latin— is helpful but not required.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$19.00 - $21.00  / hour

Closing Date


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2021-11-24 |  Quick link to this job