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Inventory Staff Assistant, BiblioTemps (Boston Public Library) (Boston)

Title:                Inventory Staff Assistant        

Location:        Boston Public Library (Boston, MA)

Start date:      As soon as possible

End date:        To Be Determined


Hiring 2-4 candidates, Available schedules vary

Position 1: Wednesday and Thursday, 9 am – 5 pm

Position 2: Wednesday and Friday, 1:30 pm – 5 pm

Position 3 & 4: Monday – Friday

Pay Rate:        $18.00 per hour

CORI:               REQUIRED

Project Description:

The Boston Public Library is seeking applicants for Inventory Assistant positions at the Central Library in Copley Square. The Inventory Assistant will be working on the Founding Research Collections Project, a project to renew access to some of the library’s longest held materials. Under the supervision of the Founding Research Collections Project Manager, the Library Inventory Assistant will work in teams to complete an inventory of 150,000 items in the Founding Research Collection at the Boston Public Library. 

Role Responsibilities:

·      Accurately describe and report the condition and physical characteristics of items in the library stacks.

·      Handle library material in a systematic and organized fashion; adhering to classification and shelf order.

·      Assist in tracking project progress.

·      Perform other related duties as required.



·      Demonstrated ability in teamwork.

·      Clear diction and verbal skills.

·      Eye for detail and ability to stay focused.

·      Experience with Library Classification schemes.


Ability to identify written world languages (especially European languages). This position involves frequent and sustained encounters with dust and dirt. Must be able to lift and move up to 20 lbs. Ability to bend, stoop, stretch, and climb step stools; ability to sit and stand for long periods required.

Additional Details:

The Boston Public Library will be hiring 2-4 individuals. The interview process will involve a skills assessment.

Full/Part Time





$18.00  / hour

Closing Date

Closing Date May 30, 2023

How to Apply

BiblioTemps® is an employment service from the Massachusetts Library System that provides experienced library workers for temporary placements in public, academic and special libraries throughout Massachusetts.

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2023-05-23 |  Quick link to this job