Library Assistant

Marion Elizabeth Taber Library

Part Time Library Assistant


Performs a variety of tasks, including checking library materials in and out using the SAILS computer network; assisting patrons in person and over the phone with any circulation issues, such as reviewing library accounts, placing holds, renewing books.
Collects, sorts and shelves library materials. Performs a variety of stack maintenance functions including shelf reading and, under the Director’s supervision, weeding of the collection.
Assists patrons with use of computers and processes materials. Assists patrons with research and online searches. Provides information on library services and procedural matters. Assists in locating materials.
Handles a variety of other tasks such as cataloging periodicals and managing Commonwealth Catalog requests by patrons and other libraries.
Performs additional related library duties as assigned.

15 hours per week, will include additional hours when
scheduled for Saturday and Sunday shifts. (usually once
or twice a month)

Qualifications: The successful candidate must be organized, have excellent customer service and interpersonal skills and work well with a wide variety of patrons as well as other library staff. Ability to solve problems and work independently. Must have computer skills including the ability to troubleshoot technical issues. Library experience preferred.

Education Required: High school diploma/equivalency required.

Salary: $12.85 – $14

Closing Date: September 9, 2015

Contact Information: 

Please submit cover letter and resume to or Libby O’Neill, Director, 8 Spring Street, Marion, MA 02738.

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Director of Library Services

West Bridgewater Public Library

Full Time Director of Library Services


The West Bridgewater Public Library Board of Trustees is looking for creative and forward-thinking candidates to apply for the position of Director of Library Services. Do you have a vision of what a 21st century library can and should be? We are looking for you! We’re seeking an experienced, community-oriented, visionary leader with proven budget and project management abilities, and a commitment to team-development and collaboration for this key position.

The Director reports to a Library Board of Trustees elected by the West Bridgewater voters. The successful candidate will be responsible for managing and providing leadership in planning, directing and coordinating all library activities. The position will manage a $411,227 appropriated budget, $17,000 in non-appropriated revenue and $9,000 in state aid, supervise 2 full-time and 6 part-time staff members, and work closely with volunteers, municipal departments, community leaders, community organizations as well as the School Department to identify and meet community needs.

The Town of West Bridgewater, with a population of 6,942, is a vibrant and diverse small community, which prides itself on its quality municipal services, educational opportunities, citizen involvement, and cultural events.

With a history dating back to 1879, the West Bridgewater Public Library has evolved from a single room in the Howard Seminary begun with $500 as a gift from Francis E. Howard with an initial collection of 736 books to a comprehensive library with 79,000 volumes, a growing collection of downloadable materials, 33 online research databases, a digital collection, a local history room, professional information and reference services, an active children’s room and teen activities, and a varied and wide-ranging selection of programs for all ages. Working closely with the community, the library develops and maintains services that reflect the diverse needs and interests of the town including reading, listening and viewing for pleasure, life-long learning, digital literacy, cultural appreciation, and citizenship preparation. Emphasis is placed on accessibility to the library’s offerings by providing WI-FI access, six public access internet computers, four system searching computers, a user-friendly website featuring 24/7 access to downloadable and digital materials through SAILS Library Network. The library’s friendliness and central location make it the library of choice for many users in the Greater Brockton area.

Additional information about the West Bridgewater Public Library and the community can be reviewed on the Town’s website.

The Town of West Bridgewater is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Qualifications: The position requires an ALA-accredited MLS and a minimum of five (5) years of experience in professional library work (public library preferred) that includes at least three (3) years of supervisory experience.

Salary: The starting salary is $55,000 – $60,000 and includes a complete benefits package through the Town of West Bridgewater with an annual salary review.

Closing Date: September 1, 2015

Contact Information: 

To apply for the position, please visit the West Bridgewater Public Library website at: and click on “Director’s position” on the left side Quick Links.
A cover letter, resume, and three professional references should be submitted by U. S. mail no later than Tuesday, September 1, 2015 to:

Library Board of Trustees Hiring Committee
West Bridgewater Public Library
80 Howard Street
West Bridgewater, MA 02379

LIBRARIAN-III (Head of Information Services)

New Bedford Main Library

Full Time LIBRARIAN-III (Head of Information Services)



FUNCTION: The Head of Information Services is a professional library position responsible for the development, planning, organizing a delivery of services for a variety of literacy programming and outreach opportunities. Inspires continued learning, collaboration, skill development, and advocates for the library. Supervises and trains staff in specialized aspects of library operations and leads in the development and implementation of new and/or enhanced services.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the broad policy guidance and direction of the Library Director.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Exercises supervision over librarians, library assistants, aides, pages and other support staff, part-time, contracted, or temporary personnel or volunteers as assigned.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Manage, create and/or deliver exceptional programming and educational opportunities within the library, through community outreach and virtually.

Teach and collaborate with patrons, staff and a variety of organizations to create content, to be effective consumers of information and provide lifelong learning experiences.

Answers reference and information questions and performs advisory services, including reader’s advisory and programming, for all patrons with an emphasis on adults.

Recommends, reviews and selects materials for purchase. Assesses and weeds the adult non-fiction and reference collections.

Trains library users to search for information by following appropriate inquiry processes, using books and/or electronic resources.

Supervises the daily operation of the Reference and Technical Services section at the Main Library, including providing direction to library staff and volunteers.

Maintains records and reports as required by the Library Director.

Applies for and coordinates grants as required by the Library Director.

Represents the library at appropriate SAILS meetings and informs staff of updates of procedures and policies.

Visits appropriate community agencies to inform them of available library services and special projects.

Strives to meet the objectives of the library as established by the Board of Trustees.

Administers assigned area of library operations to achieve goals within available resources; plans and organizes work loads and staff assignments; trains, motivates, and evaluates assigned staff; reviews progress and directs changes as needed.

Provides professional advice on library issues to the Library Director and makes presentations when required.

Assures that assigned areas of responsibility are performed within budget; performs cost control activities; monitors revenues and expenditures in assigned areas to assure sound fiscal control; prepares annual budget requests in assigned area; assures effective and efficient use of budgeted funds, personnel, materials, facilities, and time.

Issues written and oral instructions; assigns duties and examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to policies and procedures.

Assists with various special library activities, such as book sales, displays and reading programs.

Assists staff in performing duties; corrects errors and resolves complaints.

Performs other related duties as required.

The above covers the most significant responsibilities of this position. It does not, however, exclude other occasional duties, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.

PERIPHERAL DUTIES: Serves as a member of various City employee committees as assigned.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Valid state driver's license or ability to obtain one. Subject to CORI background check (unless employed prior to July 1, 2008).

TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT USED: Library computer system; personal computer; scanners, mobile devices; calculator; copy and fax machine; telephone; automobile.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

* opened until filled
New Bedford has a residency requirement.

Qualifications: DESIRED MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education and Experience: A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited college or university required. Experience with public programming creation, project management, outreach, and strategic planning preferred. Some library experience in a reference department required. Supervisory experience preferred. Necessary Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Commitment to customer service principles and practices with dedicated emphasis towards excellence in service delivery. Current and emerging models, practices and tools used by public libraries for the access and discover ability of resources. Considerable knowledge of the principles and practices of modern library systems and programs; thorough knowledge of library collection classification and selection tools and techniques; working knowledge of equipment and facilities required in a comprehensive library system; working knowledge of the principles and practices of office management, work organization and supervision. Effectively plan and carry out programming. Provide leadership, innovation, collaboration and effective change solutions. Familiarity with an automated library system and the ability to assist patrons and staff on mobile devices and computer/internet usage. Microsoft Office products and other relevant technologies, and Integrated Library Systems (ILS) software. Ability to work flexible schedule including evenings and Saturdays. Ability to communicate clearly and effectively in writing. Skill in analyzing and utilizing a variety of reports and records. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with patrons, employees, supervisors, other agencies and the general public.
Education Required: A Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited college or university required.
Salary: $56,362 – $68,749 / yr
Contact Information: 

Applications must be submitted on an official City of New Bedford form. Employment Application (

All applications must be completed in full, signed and returned to the Personnel Department, City Hall, Room 212, 133 William Street, New Bedford, MA, telephone (508) 979-1444. Resumes may be furnished for additional information only. Incomplete applications will be cause for rejection.

For full details, please visit:

Commonwealth Catalog routing slip issue

We learned of a ComCat item from one of our libraries delivered to the CLAMS office because the slip had CLAMS as well as the library name.
Please remember to omit the network's name on the delivery slip as this delays delivery.
​Don't think of the ComCat processing as much different from the VirtCat processing. They all need the standard delivery slips as well as the "book strap"​ generated from the ComCat staff website.
I know we're starting to get more active with these requests - both lending and borrowing. Don't hesitate to ask us for answers if you have questions. Just email and someone will be more than happy to help. It's also good to let us know if something isn't happening as you think it should. There are still some quirks we're working out and trying to find best practices at the network level to manage some of the differences between the VirtCat and Comcat systems.

Problem Item Form

Thanks to Melissa Campbell for suggesting the use of this form for items being returned with a problem.   You may use this customizable form for when you check in an item and you need to alert the library where the item is headed that there is something wrong with it. Maybe it has a part missing or damaged and the receiving library will know right away.  It is in Word Format so you save the form with the name of your library in the space that has From **your**  Library. It is possible to use the check-in notes to achieve the same thing but that does require that the library staff member discharging the to item to read the note and sometimes you may not want to discharge the item until the problem has been solved. The form is posted here

ComCat Transit Notice

When you check something that you've borrowed from ComCat into Workflows, (discharge), it will probably be put in transit to Ursa. This is a clue that it needs to be returned to ComCat. There should also be a book strap attached, but URSA is the library to look out for. The process in Workflows is very similar to the VirtCat.

Commonwealth Catalog Live!

The Commonwealth Catalog is similar to the Virtual Catalog. The Commonwealth Catalog extends your search beyond your local library’s resources. In one easy step, you can search through millions of items at participating libraries across Massachusetts to find the books, DVDs, and music you’re looking for. Make a request and it will be delivered right to your local library for quick pickup. You know what you want — let the Commonwealth Catalog help you get it.
Please search the SAILS Enterprise catalog first. If the material you want is not available in the catalog, please log in here to use the Commonwealth Catalog. For additional assistance, please contact your local library.

OverDrive Listen

Have you tried the new listening option for audiobooks, called OverDrive Listen? Similar to OverDrive Read for eBooks, OverDrive Listen offers the same ease of use; simply browse, borrow, and listen right in your browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser. Using OverDrive Listen, you can add bookmarks, take notes, or make highlights. This additional listening option has been automatically added to MP3 audiobooks in your digital collection (where publisher permits). There is no action required on your part. Capture