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Senior Substitute, Somerville Public Library (Somerville)

We seek cheerful, enthusiastic, and flexible individuals who possess a strong attention to detail and who want to join a team committed to providing excellent library services to patrons of all ages.

Essential Functions:
Staffs public service desks in Reference, Children’s, Teen, and Circulation departments at the Central Library and at the branches as needed
Offers reference and readers’ advisory services
Assists patrons with using public computers, printers, copier/scanner, and fax machine
Assists library staff with programs and outreach initiatives
Interacts with the public cheerfully and with tact
Other duties as assigned


Knowledge, Abilities and Skill:
Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library and Information Science program preferred (students currently enrolled in an accredited graduate library school program, with current or past coursework in reference, reader services, children and youth services, and related areas are encouraged to apply)
Excellent reference and customer service skills, and ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing are required
Ability to follow oral and written instructions accurately and thoroughly
Knowledge of the principles and practices of public library operations
Must be available evenings and weekends, up to 19 hours per week
Must be flexible, particularly concerning schedule

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

Pre-Employment Requirements for All Employees:
MA Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) clearance
Proof of COVID-19 vaccination
Completion of Conflict-of-Interest Law Education training for municipal employees
COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement:
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

Multilingual ability preferred

Full/Part Time

Part Time




$29.14  / hour

Salary Notes

Part-Time up to 19 hours a week (not benefits eligible)

Closing Date

How to Apply


2023-05-19 |  Quick link to this job