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Children's Librarian I, Waltham Public Library (Waltham)

The Waltham Public Library wants to be the best public library in the world and that’s what sets us apart when we’re adding to our team. Waltham is a diverse city with a mixed socio-economic group of about 65,000 residents. We have a growing population of families with young children, 12% of our population are teens and 40% of our residents speak a language other than English at home.  We’re seeking a friendly, adaptive, enthusiastic, service-oriented individual to help serve an urban community within a busy library setting. We're looking for someone who is self-motivated, cares about accuracy, and can handle stressful situations with grace and good humor. Customer service experience is highly valued.

Duties include: Work under the direction of the Head of the Children’s department. Responsible for collection development, readers’ advisory support, programming and outreach. Serve children and families by locating materials and information via all print and electronic resources, in person and on the telephone. Answer telephones, check items in and out, deliver materials to day care centers, register patrons, maintain patron accounts and other general Children’s desk duties as assigned. Assist patrons in troubleshooting personal computers, library OPACs and various other types of electronic equipment. Respond to patrons’ questions and concerns. Interpret and enforce library policies. Participate in Minuteman group(s) and other professional development workshops; Refer patrons to other departments and institutions as appropriate. Perform other duties at the discretion of supervisors.

35 hour a week schedule to include a minimum of one evening/week, plus a minimum of one Saturday and one Sunday per month year-round.


ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science; more than 1 year computer/electronic database experience; 5 years’ professional library experience, preferably in a Children’s Department, or any equivalent combination of education and experience; strong interest and comfort in working with children and families; comfort and confidence in all matters of technology including experience with social media; thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of library work; ability to work with library staff and a diverse general public with wide ranging needs in a tactful and courteous manner; ability to perform under pressure, including handling emergencies; excellent communication, customer service and instructional abilities; extreme creativity; stellar problem solving and computer skills. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 30 pounds. Must pass a pre-employment physical with drug and alcohol screening, a Criminal Offenders Record Information (CORI) and a background check. Selected candidate will be required to submit three written and signed letters of reference within one week of accepting a conditional offer.  Letters may not be dated any older than two years.  Emails are acceptable providing they come directly from the author’s email. Full description available at Human Resources Department.

Preferred: Experience with Dewey Decimal Classification System; fluency in Spanish, Chinese, Haitian Creole or Portuguese; familiarity with III Sierra software, Microsoft Office and Google workspace.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$79,642.00  / year

Salary Notes

excellent health and retirement benefits

Closing Date


How to Apply

Qualified candidates should submit, preferably in ONE complete pdf:

·            Completed City of Waltham employment application. Please refer to Req# 2025-05.

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·            Resume and

·            Letter of interest

Mary Gullotti

Human Resources Department, 119 School Street, Waltham, MA 02451  /  781-314-3356

Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer                    

Req#2025-05   posted 7/3/2024


2024-07-03 |  Quick link to this job