Circulation Library Assistant, Jonathan Bourne Public Library

Full Time Circulation Library Assistant, Jonathan Bourne Public Library


35 hours a week position including evenings and Saturdays. Provides customer service and general assistance to support the daily operations of the library. Checks library materials in and out, processes inter-library loans, searches for library materials, shelves library materials, registers patrons, all other duties as assigned. The JBPL is a busy Cape library and the successful candidate will be starting in the heart of the summer season. Flexibility and the ability to laugh are key.


High school diploma with at least 1 year library experience (preferably in an automated circulation environment) required. Prefer two or more years library experience. Excellent customer service skills a must with strong attention to detail.

Education Required: High School diploma

Salary: $19.53 to 23.34 in 9 steps

Closing Date: June 22, 2018

Contact Information: 

How to Apply
Send cover letter, resume and names of 3 references to pmarshall@bournelibrary.org Subject Heading: Circulation Position

or mail to Patrick Marshall, Library Director, Jonathan Bourne Public Library, 19 Sandwich Road, Bourne, MA 02532

Library Assistant for Circulation

Berkley Public Library

Part Time Library Assistant for Circulation


Position involves checking books in and out, re-shelving, helping with reference questions, readers’ advisory, computer instruction, and other library tasks. The job features pleasant working condiitions with wonderful library patrons and creative and conscientious co-workers. The 20-hour per week Union position includes full benefits which include health insurance availability, vacation, sick pay, personal days, and holidays.

Qualifications: Proficiency with computers, attention to detail, willingness to learn, reliability, and good interpersonal skills are required. Previous library experience preferred but not required. Must be available during the library’s normal hours.

Salary: $11.65 with an increase to $12.21 after one year. (Subsequent increases subject to Union negotiation but annual raises are typical)

Closing Date: April 30, 2018

Contact Information: 

Drop off, mail, or email your resume to:
Vicki Dawson, Library Director
2 North Main Street
Berkley, MA 02779
email vdawson@sailsinc.org

Library Director

Swansea Public Library

Full Time Library Director


The Swansea Public Library Board of Trustees seeks an enthusiastic, community-minded, visionary leader as its next director. The ideal candidate will be a strong advocate for the Library’s programs, possess excellent knowledge of current best practices, and exhibit a commitment to community engagement. The Library Director is responsible for the management, administration and direction of daily library operations and services, including preparing and managing the library budget, short and long-range planning, grant applications, collection development, community outreach, and managing personnel.

The library’s mission is to be at the center of community life where reading, lifelong learning, recreational, cultural services, and civic pride thrive. Swansea is a town of 16,263 residents in southeastern Massachusetts. The town is primarily residential with four elementary schools, one junior high school, and one high school. Swansea has a town administrator and elected selectmen form of government. The Library Director reports to the Library Board of Trustees and to the Town Administrator. The library has an annual budget of $323,990.00, an annual circulation of 72,927, 5 FT staff and 7 PT staff. In 2017 the Swansea Public Library was awarded a MBLC construction grant totaling $6,875,844.00. The library director will have responsibilities to contribute to fund-raising, working with the Architects, OPM, MBLC, the library building committee, and town officials on this building project as we move forward with the building design and securing matching funds from the town.
A detailed job description is available at http://www.swansealibrary.org/


  • A Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited school.
  • A minimum of five (5) years of progressively responsible experience in professional library work, including library management and direct supervision of others.
  • Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills, as well as effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Substantial experience with computers, technology, social media, MS Office Suite, the Internet, Integrated Library Systems Software, and other software and applications as needed.
  • Experience with researching and pursuing grant proposals to fund new or supplementary programs and services.
  • Considerable ability to interact with the general public, elected and appointed officials, outside organizations, and professional associations.
  • Experience with building renovation projects preferred.

    Education Required: A Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA accredited school.

    Salary: The salary for this position will range between $70,000 and $78,000 depending on qualifications, education, and experience. This position also includes a comprehensive benefit package including health insurance.

    Closing Date: April 9, 2018

    Contact Information: 

    Qualified applicants should send a descriptive cover letter and resume to hr@town.swansea.ma.us.
    DEADLINE: For primary consideration, submit your application before April 2, 2018. The position will remain open until filled.

  • Systems Librarian – Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

    Full Time Systems Librarian – Merrimack Valley Library Consortium


    Reports to: Executive Director
    Hours: 37.5 hrs. per week
    Schedule: During MVLC Office hours (M-F 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
    Do you see yourself as a person whose purpose it is to make sure that technology is easy to use, meets the library’s needs, stays as out-of-the-way, and is as transparent as possible? Are you happy when staff do not have to think about the technology (unless they want to)? If you answered yes to these questions, we have a position for you!

    The Merrimack Valley Library Consortium is seeking an innovative, energetic and creative Systems Librarian who will bring “High Touch” to our “High Tech” environment. MVLC maintains this technology environment supporting both MVLC member libraries, and MVLC central site staff in their individual and cooperative work.

    The Systems Librarian is responsible for all technical support services, system administration, operation, management, installation, and implementation for MVLC’s automated systems. These include:
    *The BLUEcloud Library Services Platform – Powered by Symphony. SirsiDynix hosts this software for MVLC.
    *A telecommunications network serving MVLC central site and 32 member library locations
    *Telephony systems. DSCI hosts this system for MVLC.
    *Technical support and coordination for Microsoft Office 365 collaborative environment, including Microsoft *Exchange e-mail services, SharePoint CMS, and the other collaborative tools available in that environment. Microsoft hosts this system for MVLC.
    *All software, hardware, mobile devices, and other MVLC managed peripherals.

    The Systems Librarian works in collaboration with the Executive Director to plan and coordinate new automation systems for the consortium. The Systems Librarian supervises MVLC’s Technology Services staff.

    The Systems Librarian maintains collegial and effective working relationships with MVLC’s automation partners to ensure timely resolution of support issues, software and hardware upgrades, installation and implementation of new hardware and software products.

    The Systems Librarian will:
    *Assists MVLC member libraries in developing their long and short term technology plans.
    *Provide on-site assistance for PC and network related issues for member libraries.
    *Provides technical documentation and training for staff at MVLC member libraries.
    *Maintain an operating knowledge of MVLC policies and procedures, system documentation, and vendor support systems.
    *Create reports, compile statistics, and implement custom applications as requested by the Executive Director, MVLC members, MVLC user groups, and standing Committees.

    MVLC considers this position to be a senior-level position for a degreed librarian. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Executive Director, colleagues on the MVLC staff, and our members. If you are willing to infuse this position with relevance through hard work, energy, creativity and dedication to serve MVLC’s member libraries, this position is for you!

    Work Environment:
    General office environment with heat, air conditioning, and fluorescent lighting. Requires vehicle to attend off site meetings The noise level in the work environment is low. Moderate to high levels of stress may occur.

    Physical Demands:
    May spend extended periods at workstations performing tasks requiring eye-hand coordination, finger dexterity, and extensive keyboarding and viewing of computer screens. Requires ability to access, input, and retrieve information from a computer. Answer telephones and maintain multiple files. Periods of standing may be required during training sessions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    About Us:
    The MERRIMACK VALLEY LIBRARY CONSORTIUM (MVLC) is a member-driven, patron focused library network serving 36 public libraries in the greater Merrimack Valley region of Massachusetts. The Central Site is located at 4 High Street – Suite 175, North Andover, MA. MVLC is a member governed, customer support organization that helps librarians in the Merrimack Valley serve their communities. Our libraries serve an aggregate population of 766,883 citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

    Qualifications: *ALA accredited MLS *At least 5 years’ technical experience managing complex automated systems and telecommunications networks *Experience in System Administration of an Integrated Library System, preferably The BLUEcloud Library Services Platform – Powered by Symphony *Public library experience desirable *Proven customer service orientation *Positive attitude and flexibility *Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills *Experience in supporting a PC-based network *Knowledge of TCP/IP telecommunications networks *Knowledge of the Symphony API *Knowledge of HTML 5, CSS 3, JQuery, Javascript, PERL, and Web design tools *Strong organizational and problem-solving skills

    Salary: $65,695 – $87,480, in ten steps

    Contact Information: 

    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Eric Graham, Executive Director, via email to egraham@mvlcstaff.org.

    Customer Support Librarian, Merrimack Valley Library Consortium

    Full Time Customer Support Librarian, Merrimack Valley Library Consortium


    Merrimack Valley Library Consortium (MVLC) seeks a creative individual to fill a new role within our organization! The Customer Support Librarian will embody a commitment to quality member service and a passion for public libraries. The successful candidate will thrive as part of a team committed to ensuring that the 36 libraries comprising MVLC have the resources and support that they need to accomplish their goals and serve their communities.

    Working under the supervision of the Collaborative Services Librarian, the Customer Support Librarian provides support and consulting services to help our libraries thrive within their communities. In addition to coordinating the consortium’s Helpdesk ticketing system, this position also fills vital role in network communications as the primary point of contact for the Office 365 email system and the consortium’s mailing lists.

    Duties and responsibilities include:
    *Acts as primary Helpdesk coordinator for major systems by receiving, evaluating, referring, and/or resolving telephone, in-person, and electronic requests in a timely manner.
    *Analyzes trends in Helpdesk tickets to assess the effectiveness of recommended workflows and identify areas for further training and/or documentation.
    *Works with technical staff to configure the ticketing system, evaluate its effectiveness, and recommend improvements.
    *Actively promotes the sharing of technical information within Central Site and the MVLC community.
    *Works with the Collaborative Services Librarian to ensure that member libraries’ needs and interests are addressed within network communications.
    *Develops proficiency in the basic use and understanding of the major systems at MVLC, including but not limited to the Symphony Integrated Library System, Enterprise Online Catalog, Office 365 Email system, SharePoint, Kit Keeper, Safari online databases, and OverDrive Digital Catalog.
    *Assists in the development of support material for the ILS, Enterprise OPAC, email, SharePoint, Kit Keeper, and the OverDrive Digital Catalog.
    *Creates and maintains email accounts and relevant MVLC mailing lists.

    Qualifications: *ALA accredited MLS *Proven customer service orientation *Positive attitude and flexibility *Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills *Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills *Ability to multi-task and prioritize work *Willingness to collaborate with colleagues and learn on the job *At least two years of public library experience *At least two years of technical experience with automated systems or databases *Competence working in a PC environment *Experience with Helpdesk coordination with ticketing software *Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and other web design tools desirable

    Education Required: ALA accredited MLS

    Salary: $

    Contact Information: 

    To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to Eric Graham, Executive Director, via email to egraham@mvlcstaff.org.

    Reference Librarian

    Halifax – Holmes Public Library

    Part Time Reference Librarian


    Responsible for the management of Reference Services, including reference and research assistance for all ages. Plans, coordinates and implements programs for adults throughout the year. Assists patrons with electronic and print resources, Internet and on-line database searching. Performs professional work in collection development, deaccession, reader’s advisory service, acquisitions or other specific fields. Provides outreach to and works in partnership with the local Historical Society to enhance library services and develop our local history section. Represents the library at meetings. Day, evening and Saturday hours are required. 18 hours per week. Subject to a Cori check

    Qualifications: Public library reference experience preferred, strong public service and organizational skills, familiarity with automated library systems and office products

    Education Required: BA/BS required

    Salary: $17.81/hr (Grade 6 Step 1)

    Closing Date: September 22, 2017

    Contact Information: 

    Send cover letter, resume and 3 references to:

    Jean Gallant
    Library Director
    Holmes Public Library
    470 Plymouth Street
    Halifax, Ma. 02338
    Email: jgallant@sailsinc.org

    General Services Librarian

    Mattapoisett Public Library

    Part Time General Services Librarian


    The Town of Mattapoisett is seeking an energetic and creative professional to fill the position of General Services Librarian, a part-time position. This team member will be responsible for circulation in the Children’s Department, and will be a passionate advocate for developing the library collection and for providing services to children of all ages.

    Duties will include, but are not limited to, circulation functions, collection development, and the promotion of library programs and services including social media and website management. The position also requires performing reference functions and demonstrating to children and families the use of computers and other electronic resources. Facility with creating flyers and promotional materials is preferred.

    The ideal candidate will be a friendly individual with a passion for public service, who enjoys meeting the varied needs of young patrons, and who communicates enthusiasm to other colleagues, the Board of Trustees, Friends of the Library, and the public. The library is a community-focused institution where the needs of the public are highly valued.

    A complete job description is available upon request.

    Hours: up to 19.5 hours per week, including Sunday afternoons (September-May) and some evenings. Must be flexible in order to adjust to the workload at the library.

    The town offers 19.5 hours of sick time and 8 hours of paid personal time for part-time employees.

    Qualifications: Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or an equivalent degree. Must have 2-3 years of library experience and/or coursework, or the equivalent combination of experience and training that will demonstrate the required knowledge, skills and ability for the position. Must demonstrate excellence in providing customer service and can communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, with the public, town employees, other staff, guests, and vendors. Must demonstrate a high regard for patron privacy and the policies and procedures of the Town of Mattapoisett, the library and its automated network. Must have current technology skills and be able to train and share these skills. An interest in reading, children’s literature, online reference tools, and current technology is essential.

    Education Required: Masters in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or an equivalent degree.

    Salary: $21.23 per hour

    Closing Date: September 15, 2017

    Contact Information: 

    Send a cover letter and resume, along with the names of three references to Susan Pizzolato, Library Director, Mattapoisett Free Public Library, P. O. Box 475, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, or email spizzolo@sailsinc.org

    Technical Services/Cataloger Library Technician

    Mattapoisett Public Library

    Part Time Technical Services/Cataloger Library Technician


    Join a dedicated team at a small public library where service to the community is our top priority. In addition to education and experience, we value a team member who exhibits flexibility, common sense, good judgment, and strong communication skills.

    Applicants should have recent experience in a public library setting, preferably as a cataloger. Experience in the SAILS Library Network using Workflows is a plus. The position requires a college degree and relevant training as a cataloger.

    Essential Functions: Under the supervision of the Library Director, the cataloger is responsible for all technical services aspects of the library, including but not limited to cataloging (original and copy cataloging) and processing all library acquisitions, including donations, and maintenance of the collection in the network database; and will:
    Oversee the condition of the collection, and be responsible for book repair and the training and supervision of those who make repairs to materials.
    Monitor and maintain cataloging statistics and report these to the Library Director each month.
    Take inventory and order library supplies in collaboration with the library director. Monitor library supplies budget.
    Represent the library at network cataloging meetings and roundtables, and report items of note to the Library Director and other staff. Will keep current with network policies and procedures as these evolve.
    Train and supervise volunteers who assist with department functions such as book repair, book covering, and collection maintenance.
    Train other staff in the tasks and duties of the department so these staff members can assist as needed.
    Attend regular staff meetings and communicate frequently with other departments to ensure the smooth functioning of library activities.
    The cataloger may be asked to fill in for other staff in other departments as patron needs and scheduling may require.
    The cataloger performs other duties as required by management to meet the goals of the library’s strategic plan and to comply with public safety as required by town policies.
    Two to three years’ experience in a public library setting.
    Bachelor’s degree required. Coursework in related fields or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.
    Demonstrated excellent customer service skills and an appreciation for public service.
    Ability to establish and maintain harmonious interpersonal relationships with patrons and staff of diverse backgrounds, ages and abilities.
    Demonstrated ability to understand indexing and cataloging systems in order to manage and locate library materials.
    Ability to handle details with accuracy.
    Demonstrated excellent computer skills as they apply to the public library and the department’s purpose.
    Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and is skilled in using tact and diplomacy. Demonstrates a high regard for patron privacy.
    Excellent computer skills, including experience with Office products, email, and related softward. Social media skills helpful.
    Successful outcome of CORI screening as determined by the appropriate authority and a physical examination will be required.
    The Technical Services library technician/cataloger will work in a typical library environment. May need to bend, reach and lift items up to 50 lbs. Schedule may include some evenings and will include some weekends.
    A full job description is available upon request

    Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree, 2-3 years’ experience in a public library setting. Demonstrated excellent customer skills and an appreciation for public service. Demonstrated ability to understand cataloging systems in order to manage and locate library mateirals. Ability to handle details with accuracy. Excellent computer skills.

    Education Required: Bachelor’s Degree; Cataloging training

    Salary: Massachusetts $16.47 per hour 19.5 hours per week. The town of Mattapoisett offers 19.5 hours of sick time and 8 hours of paid personal time per year.

    Closing Date: September 15, 2017

    Contact Information: 

    Send a cover letter and resume, along with the names of three references to Susan Pizzolato, Library Director, Mattapoisett Free Public Library, P. O. Box 475, Mattapoisett, MA 02739, or email spizzolo@sailsinc.org

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    #5 How much time should I spend?

    Managing your message board comes down to managing how much time you have to spend. However, here’s a list of suggestions to act a guide to your library of growing slides.

    Slides to lavish time on:

    Holiday Closings, Welcome/Hours, Friends of the Library 

    These slides can be made ahead and yes, spend as much time as you can allow to make them attractive. You and your patrons will be seeing them for several years and once completed can be filed away in a Holidays folder. All you will need to do is dust them off, insert the current dates and burn a new MP4.

    Slides to create a seasonal template:

    On-Going Policies, Museum Passes

    Create 1 template and retype monthly:

    Monthly Public Activities, Meetings, Book groups

    The time spent on these will be to create the first template, then retype information accordingly.