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Information Assistant, Newbury Town Library (Newbury)

The Newbury Town Library in Byfield, MA seeks an Information Assistant who is passionate about excellent library service, enjoys technology, and is able to facilitate the fusion of traditional and nontraditional library services for the community. We are looking for someone who can provide reference support in relation to general reference inquiries, as well as reader’s advisory questions. There will be regular hours covering the circulation desk and the Youth Services Room as the schedule needs. If you have experience in libraries assisting patrons with their questions and love to take on projects, then this is the position for you! 
We need someone who is organized and self-directed with a strong work ethic, a collaborative work style, and a good sense of humor.  
As so many libraries are, we’re reimagining library services and looking for the person who will jump in and help. We need someone who is always thinking (whether about a new way to offer programs or where to find the best staff meeting snacks) and likes to hear about what others are thinking, too. No project is too small or too unusual to tackle.  

Essential Functions:
(The essential functions listed below are intended only as examples of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.)   
- Assist with adult programming   
- Answer basic reference questions  
- Provide reader’s advisory services  
- Provide coverage of the circulation desk and youth services desk as needed  
- Shelve books when needed  
- Circulate library materials by checking items both in and out, place holds, collect fines and issue new library cards using automated computerized circulation system.   
- Participate in the collection development of adult biographies  

Hours: This is a benefitted position, alternating 30-26 hours per week (26 hours per week in summer). The hourly wage is $18 per hour. Hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 11-5p, Wednesdays from 11-7p, and every other Saturday from 10-2p (closed Saturdays in summer). 

Our Library and Community: A fun and rewarding place to work! We have highly engaged residents and Town counterparts who support the library in visible ways. We may be small, but we are known as the little engine that could. Our staff and community are excited to bring new ideas to fruition, and not afraid to try things out.  


Qualified applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree; 1 year of library experience preferred. Applicant must possess customer service skills; be able to work independently and without direct supervision.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$18.00  / hour

Closing Date

Position is open until filled.

How to Apply

Please send resume with cover letter to Erin Thompson (Ouimet) at 
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2022-07-21 |  Quick link to this job