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Reference Librarian and Adult Programmer, Swampscott Public Library (Swampscott)


Librarian performs professional reference services and adult programming services to the community of Swampscott under the supervision of the Library Director and the Head of Reference.  

Responsible for collection development of the Reference and Non-Fiction collections, programming and adult instruction, cataloging and outreach services.  Cooperate with other libraries in NOBLE and beyond.  Train, direct, assist and guide pages and volunteers in the performance of their duties.  Attend professional conferences, read professional literature, participate in professional development workshops/seminars and attend consortium and statewide meetings. Attend staff meetings and workshops and keep abreast of library programs and activities. Perform related duties as required.

Hours of Work and Rate of Pay:

35 hours per week, including a Saturday shift in rotation and one evening shift.  This is a benefited position within the library’s union.

Salary:  $22.7555/hour - $41,415.01/annually


Reference Services:

-          Assists patrons in finding information and using reference tools and databases

-          Participates in book selection and ordering for the reference, nonfiction, and online collections

-          Assists in weeding outdated materials from the reference, adult non-fiction, and other collections as needed

-          Assists patrons with library computers

-          Teaches patrons how to use all the facilities of the library

-          Answers reference questions by phone, mail, and email

-          Represents the library at network meetings

Adult Programming Services:

-          Plan, implement, and evaluate programming for adults

-          Coordinate with local organizations and businesses for events and partnerships

-          Assists with the development of new services to reach under-served populations

-          Apply for grant opportunities and locate alternative funding for programming and events


Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

-          Understanding of the principles and practices of library systems and programs

-          Understanding of library classification and selection techniques 

-          Knowledge of and interest in adult literature and reader interest levels

-          Ability to plan, implement, and evaluate adult programs

-          Ability to perform reader’s advisory for all ages of patrons

-          Professional knowledge of library operations, policies and procedures.

-          Commitment to excellence in customer service.

-          Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

-          Capacity to establish positive public relations for the library and the Town.

-          Skilled in adapting to new technologies and methodologies. 

-          Ability to fairly and tactfully explain library policies and satisfactorily resolve any problems resulting from those policies.

-          Ability to work effectively as a member of a team

-          Ability to continually balance the competing needs of large numbers of library users 

Education and Experience:

-          Requires a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an accredited ALA program.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

Train, direct, assist and guide pages, and volunteers in the performance of their duties. 

Work Environment and Physical Demands: 

-          Lift and/or move library materials up to 50Ibs 

-          Sustained periods of moving around on three levels

-          Unusually busy and relatively noisy library environment

-          Regular schedule includes some evening and weekend hours. Additionally, may attend evening programs and events

-          Regularly uses computer keyboard requiring eye-hand coordination and finger dexterity

-          Involves travel to professional meetings and to other communities

-          Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform these tasks.         

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$22.76 - $27.99  / hour

Closing Date

Open until filled

How to Apply

Please send cover letter and resume to:

                Jonathan Nichols, Director

                Swampscott Public Library

                61 Burrill Street

                Swampscott, MA 01907



2022-09-13 |  Quick link to this job