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Library Building Specialist, Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (Boston)

The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners is looking for an experienced library professional to join our team as a Library Building Specialist.  

This position reports to the Library Building Consultant and Head of State Programs and specializes in providing public library building consulting and technical assistance throughout Massachusetts; assists library staff, trustees, building committee members, and local officials to assess the need for new or renovated facilities; works closely with these public libraries during the initial planning and design phase; serves as a liaison from the Board of Library Commissioners to Massachusetts Public Library Construction Program (MPLCP) projects as they prepare grant applications, work with their architects, prepare bid documents, and proceed through the construction and occupancy phases; works closely with professional staff outside the construction team to assure that technical assistance provided by those individuals in the areas of contract management, design, technology, presentation, and public library consulting are consistent with the construction program; and communicates about public library construction with agency staff and board, library administrators, library trustees, public officials, architects, consultants, other construction professionals, and the general public. 

We’re looking for someone who is detail-oriented, possesses effective and diplomatic communication skills, is able to organize and set priorities for managing multiple projects, is able to adapt well to change, is a self-starter on projects, and enjoys collaborating with colleagues and project team members for the advancement of the Commonwealth’s public libraries. 

Travel and the ability to operate a motor vehicle are required in the performance of assigned duties.  Attendance at evening and weekend meetings on a regular basis is necessary in carrying out duties as described.


Applicant must have at least:

A)      A Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library Information Science from an American Library Association-accredited graduate program.

B)      4 years full-time, or equivalent part-time, professional experience in libraries; or

C)      Any equivalent combination of the required experience and substitutions below:

I.         A bachelor’s degree from an accredited program with at least three years’ experience working in library design/construction may be substituted for the required (A) Master’s degree in library science.

II.       Every two years of library design/construction experience may be substituted for one year of the required (B) experience working in a library.

Preferred experience includes:

A)      Management experience including direct experience with one or more public library building projects, physical design and layout of libraries, development of library building programs, and general library planning.

B)      Experience with grant administration.

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$70,429.58 - $95,722.12  / year

Closing Date

How to Apply

To see a full position description, visit the ad at: 

Please note: Application (including resume and cover letter) must be submitted via MassCareers as the above link.


2023-09-11 |  Quick link to this job