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Library Assistant - Reference, Topsfield Town Library (Topsfield)


Provide professional, technical and direct service work relating to the coordination and delivery of adult and Young Adult reference services; maintenance of various components of the adult reference and non-fiction collection; performs duties related to the day to day operations of the Reference Department; all other related work as required.


         Assists in functions related to the day-to-day operations of the library (may perform some or all of the following):

·         Provides patron assistance with ready reference and Readers’ Advisory support, utilizing Readers Advisory resources.

·         Assists patrons with Interlibrary Loan (ILL) requests, processes ILL requests; assist with book club requests.

·         Assists patrons in the use of online catalog, online library databases, downloadable materials, ebooks and information systems. 

·         Assists patrons with problems on computers, printers, and other devices.

·         Works independently or together with Head of Reference or Staff in the planning and hosting of adult programming.

·         Works in partnership with the Library Art and Music Committees or other community organizations provide events or offerings to the public.

·         Creates library displays using a variety of resources to highlight library materials

·         Checks materials in and out when covering the Circulation Desk; registers new patrons and assists in patron record keeping and updates; answers   

          telephone; assists with reserves and overdue materials. 

·         Provides library services such as readers’ advisory and ready reference when covering the Children’s Room and the Circulation Desk.

·         Operates standard office, library equipment, computers and meeting room equipment.  

·         Performs other duties as assigned

·         Responsible for opening and closing the library facility.

·         Position requires working at least one evening during the week and a Saturday rotation


 Bachelor’s Degree or higher, two years of related library work experience; experience in dealing with the public; or any equivalent combination of education   and experience. Master of Library Science preferred.


Full/Part Time

Part Time




$23.49  / hour

Salary Notes

19 hours per week

Closing Date

How to Apply

Deadline: Applications will be reviewed starting Friday, March 3, 2023. (Position remains open until a qualified candidate is hired.) 

To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Dan Tremblay, Library Director.


2023-02-22 |  Quick link to this job