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Librarian III - Branch Manager, Somerville Public Library (Somerville)

Reports to the Director of Libraries and/or their designee. Responsible for the planning, development, implementation and coordination of new and existing activities involved in the patron-friendly operation of the Branch Library, including Circulation Desk activities.  Oversees selection, ordering, budget, and maintenance of all print and non-print Branch collections.  Assists patrons in the use of the Library’s print and electronic resources.  Conducts outreach activities to Library’s neighborhood, schools and local organizations. 

Oversees staff in planning and implementing programs for infants, toddlers and elementary school students, including storytelling programs, films, class visits, tours and other activities.  Plans programs for adults throughout the year.  Publicizes Branch Library events and resources through press releases, newsletters, and other outlets, including social media.  Uses print and electronic resources to meet the informational needs of patrons and to answer specific reference questions. 

Submits monthly and annual statistics and reports; develops, evaluates, and revises Department policies and procedures.  Cooperates with other Departments and shares staff and grant writing proposals.  Supervises full-time employees, part-time staff and volunteers; keeps weekly and daily schedules for public desk work and other assignments.  Schedule includes at least one evening per week and a Saturday rotation; may be scheduled in Central or West Branch Libraries, as needed.  Attends civic and community meetings, as needed.  Performs other duties as assigned. 


MLS from an ALA Accredited Library School plus 3 years’ experience in serving the public and supervising staff.

- Must have the demonstrated ability to deal effectively and professionally with the public of all ages and backgrounds.
- Knowledge of standard library procedures, current Information Technology, Integrated Library Systems, Internet and database search capabilities.
- Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing to persuade, educate, explain and inform, and to work effectively in group settings.
- Ability to prepare effective written reports and presentations.
- Ability to effectively solve problems, and to research, and evaluate Library procedures, policies, services, collections and programs.
- Demonstrate ability to provide support and troubleshooting for Library computers and other technology. 
- Must be able to pull book carts, bend, lift, carry and shelve library materials weighing up to 40 lbs.
- Knowledge of recreational and educational needs of neighborhood residents, along with the knowledge of community interests, trends, and resources and ability to use this information to develop effective library services, collections, and programs.
- Knowledge of current trends and best practices in Library services.
- Familiarity with Library materials in various formats and materials appropriate for teens, as well as adults.
- Working knowledge of conversational Spanish, Portuguese, or Haitian-Creole, a plus.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$1,215.87  / week

Closing Date

Open until filled

How to Apply

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2023-01-07 |  Quick link to this job