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Library Generalist I, Somerville Public Library (Somerville)

The Library Generalist helps facilitate outstanding patron experiences at our newly renovated, historic West Branch Library, and seeks opportunities to drive innovation of library programs and services.


*Reports directly to the Branch Manager
*Works directly with the public at a variety of public service desks
*Assists patrons of all ages with print and electronic library resources, both in person and remotely
*Provides readers advisory for a variety of ages
*Prepares and delivers presentations of library programs, services, and collections
*Promotes new and existing library collections, services, and programs via social media, and at community and neighborhood events
*Delivers library materials to homebound patrons
*Under the direction of the Branch Manager, assists with programs, collection development, and weeding areas of the collection
*Participates in professional development and follows professional literature and resources to expand knowledge of library trends, skills, and best practices.
*Performs basic troubleshooting and support for library technology (e.g., printers, copiers, scanners, etc.)
*Completes special projects as assigned
*Performs other duties as assigned


*MLS from ALA accredited library school and two years of professional experience
*Demonstrated ability to provide excellent patron services
*Ability to work courteously and professionally with diverse populations, neighborhood organizations, and businesses
*Ability to travel across city to conduct and participate in library programs and community events
*Ability to communicate effectively, patiently, and courteously, both orally and in writing
*Ability to prepare written reports and presentations
*Ability to multitask
*Knowledge of integrated library systems and borrower services
*Experience operating and troubleshooting AV equipment preferred
*Ability to provide support and troubleshooting for library technology
*Punctual and dependable
*Ability to pull book carts, bend, lift, carry, and shelve library materials weighing up to 40 lbs


The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, with occasional exposure to outside elements. Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant. 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the position’s essential function.

Physical Skills

Little or no physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing. There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as books, office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs.). Job requires ability to bend, lift and carry library materials and pull book carts (up to 50lbs.)

Motor Skills

Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone system, computer and/or most other office equipment, typing and/or word processing, filing, and sorting.

Visual Skills

Visual demands include constantly reading documents in print and on the computer, for general understanding and for analytical purposes.

City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.

The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request.

Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne Pomeroy at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or

Benefits Somerville Offers

Paid Time Off (4 weeks of vacation to start for non-union classified positions)
Health Insurance
Basic and Supplemental Life Insurance
Dental & Vision Insurance
Wellness & Cancer Screening Release
Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
Deferred Compensation
Tuition Reimbursement
MBTA Pass Program
FREE BlueBikes Membership
Eligible employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
Benefits listed are for benefits-eligible positions and the above information is meant to be a general overview of the benefit programs offered by the City of Somerville. This is not a binding contract, please reach out to with any questions relating to benefits for specific union and non-union positions.

COVID-19 Vaccination Required

To better protect the health and safety of staff and the public, all City of Somerville employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as of November 1, 2021. Exemptions and/or reasonable accommodations are not guaranteed and will be reviewed by the City of Somerville Human Resources Department on a case-by-case basis. Learn more at

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$1,009.79  / week

Salary Notes

+ benefits (SMEA B position)

Closing Date

How to Apply

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2022-06-06 |  Quick link to this job