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Museum Passes at Libraries

As a SAILS library card holder you can use any of the passes from any library unless indicated otherwise. You must pick up and return your pass to the same library. Make sure you have your library card with you when picking up passes from other libraries.
  • Passes marked in red are for residents only
  • Pass policies are determined by local library
  • “X” indicates that the library has the pass - please contact the library to reserve
  • “O” indicates that you may reserve the pass online; - please click on the “o” to reserve

Museum Passes

Through the generosity of many charitable organizations, friends' associations, civic groups, businesses and individuals, most libraries in the SAILS network offer reduced-price or free admission to area museums. Each library uses their own set of rules, so please visit their web site or call the library for further information. List of passes for all SAILS member libraries. Please note this is for informational purposes and should be verified with the library. The following libraries are using an online reservation system that allows library card holders to reserve passes through a web site.

Cataloging Supervisor

Full Time Cataloging Supervisor


This position oversees the preparation, processing and both original and copy cataloging of library materials, is responsible for creation of catalog records and collection maintenance in accordance with professional standards, and provides assistance with daily operations of the library including public service desk responsibilities. Position reports to the Assistant Director under the supervision of the Library Director.

● Responsible for maintaining the collection in an organized and orderly fashion
● Assists with cataloging supplies ordering
● Responsible for museum pass acquisitions and cataloging
● Opening and/or closing supervisory tasks one evening a week and some Saturdays
● Participates in inspecting and recording of new materials shipments
● Processes all materials (donations and purchases) or prepares for assistant
● Repairs and cleans damaged materials, or gives to appropriate supervisor for potential
replacement or billing; assists with weeding and other collection-related projects
● Trains and supervises people to assist with technical services
● Keeps staff up to date with new cataloging policies and procedures
● Enters holding information into SAILS central cataloging module
● Represents the library at SAILS technical services committee meetings

Public Service Desk Responsibilities:
● charges and discharges library materials including reserves and renewals
● answers telephones
● assists patrons in the use and location of library materials
● issues borrowers’ cards
● reserves museum passes, computer times, and study rooms
● explains and upholds library policies and procedure
● maintains confidentiality of patron records and other sensitive information
● assists patrons in the use of library resources and technology (online catalog, printers, copiers, computers and other devices)
● provides basic readers’ advisory and ready reference services
● upholds the American Library Association “Library Bill of Rights” and the “Freedom to Read Statement”
● may assist with re-shelving of materials
● assists with opening and closing procedures

Position is 35 hours per week and includes evening hours and a Saturday rotation. Expected hours of work:
Mon 12:30-7:30, Tues-Thurs 9-4:30, Fri or Sat 9-2:30.
The position includes excellent benefits including health insurances, vacation, sick, personal and holiday leave.


● Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent public library experience
● Technical services library experience preferred, especially with SirsiDynix Workflows
● Highly motivated and able to work independently, prioritize, and adapt to a variety of tasks quickly
● Accuracy and attention to detail
● Good organizational skills
● Good communication skills, both written and oral
● Able to understand and follow written and oral directions
● Able to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, Friends, volunteers and
the public in a courteous and tactful manner
● Able to work independently while coordinating and communicating work projects and initiatives with others
● Excellent public service skills and a genuine enjoyment for working with patrons of diverse backgrounds
● Comfortable working with computers and current technology (including Windows, Microsoft and Google products)
● Willing and able to learn new library procedures and practices
● Must be flexible in order to adjust to workload and library schedule

Physical demands
● physical ability to lift, retrieve, sort, push carts, and shelve materials at high and low levels
● manual dexterity needed for keyboarding and other repetitive tasks
● vision must be good or corrected to sufficiently perform job duties
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 duties and responsibilities.

Education Required: Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent public library experience

Salary: $47,000

Closing Date: 09/30/2023

Contact Information: 

Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and completed town employment application
(available at nortonlibrary.org/employment)
with the subject line Employment Application to:

Lee Parker, Director, Norton Public Library – lparker@sailsinc.org

Or Lee Parker, Director, Norton Public Library, 68 East Main Street, Norton, MA 02766

(No phone calls pleased. Applications accepted until position filled.)

Circulation Technician

Middleborough Public Library

Part Time Circulation Technician


12 hours/week (Evenings and Saturdays)
Routine clerical and direct service work in connection with library services and related
activities; all other related work as required.

Work is performed under the general supervision of the Library Director or her/his designee.
Performs varied routine library functions in accordance with prescribed procedures which
require constant attention to detail and accuracy.

Job Environment:
Work is performed under typical library conditions; it requires frequent interaction with library
patrons, staff and volunteers.
Essential Responsibilities:
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various
types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not
exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the
• Provides circulation and basic reference services for patrons.
• Performs a variety of related clerical functions.
• Aids in various phases of operation at the front desk: answers the telephone, provides
basic directional reference and reader advisory services; issues library cards; checks
books and other library materials in and out; handles monies for library-related services;
assists patrons in the use of library facilities and in locating library materials; shelves and
maintains collection in proper order.
• Assists library volunteers, as needed.
• Updates patron records and performs miscellaneous filing and computer data entry
• Handles a variety of requests from patrons related to computer help, our digital catalog,
and various online resources available.
• Assists with museum pass requests, meeting room/study room reservations, and any
special project related or similar to library clerical duties.
• Operates computers, printers and all other standard office and library equipment.
Troubleshooting capabilities for various electronics will also be necessary.


High school diploma with some college coursework and six months of experience in library
services (preferred); or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Salary: $17.19 to $25.25 per hour (in 9 annual steps)

Closing Date: 02/17/2023

Contact Information: 

Please email a completed employment application, a resume, and a cover letter to:

The Town of Middleborough is an equal opportunity employer

Commonwealth 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 below to use the Commonwealth Catalog. For additional assistance, please contact your local library.

Login to the Commonwealth Catalog


View the Current participants' status

Funding for the Commonwealth Catalog provided by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Itemcat3 updates

SAILS will have completed the itemcat3 updates to the database by October 3,2016. This means that starting next Monday when you add items to the database you must be sure to enter an itemcat1 (used for circulation) itemcat2 (used to define audience for the item) and itemcat3 (broad categories for reporting.) We are not going to be doing any verification that these values are being added so if there is a problem next July with reports we won't be aware. This is also something you can't run reports for in Directors Station - it doesn't know about the itemcategory 3. If you are unsure of what categories to use here are the definitions as set up by the MBLC: Name - Description AUDIO - Compact discs, cassettes etc., Playaways for books, etc. BOOKS -BOOKS DAUDIO -Downloadable audio (audiobooks, music) DVIDEO -Downloadable video E-BOOKS -E-books ELECTRONIC - Materials in electronic format (including CD-ROM and video games) MICROFORMS - Materials in microforms (fiche rolls, etc.) MISC - Miscellaneous (ebook readers, museum passes, equipment, puppets, kits, board games, art, etc.) PERIODICAL - Print periodicals, newspapers and other print serials (including scholarly or scientific journals) VIDEO - DVDs/Blu-ray discs/VHS, Playaway View, etc.

Cataloging Desktop

General cataloging 

» Error reporting form
» Duplicate Titles Form
» Property settings - workflows
» Cataloging manual - workflows
» Reports & printing procedures
» Getting started guide - includes workflows terminology, toolbar management, etc.
» Intro to Workflows - best place to go, if you're just learning how to use the client.
» Zoom Beginning Cataloging workshop manual

Data Entry Guidelines
Which format do I choose? print this
MARC-00 Format - use to create request records
SERIAL-00 Format - use to create magazine records
MUSEUMPASS Format- use to create museum pass records
EQUIP Format - use to create equipment records (for items such as ebook readers, video game consoles, Kill a Watt electricity usage monitor, laptops, digital cameras, etc.)

» Subfield Z - processing items with multiple volumes or parts

Creating Request Records:
» Audiobook request records
» Book request records
» CDROM request records
» DVD and Blu-ray request records
» Game and Puzzle request records
» Graphic Novels - attaching & creating requests
» Kit request records
» Creating magazine records
» Museum Pass request records
» Music CD request records
» Playaway request records
» Toy and Puppet request records
» Video Game request records
» VOX Books request records
» Wonderbooks request records 
» Equipment records 
» Creating a brief title - ILL

Attaching to existing records
» Books - attaching to records with ACQs
» DVD and Blu-rays
» Music, Audiobooks & Playaways
» Video games & CD-ROMs

Circulation Sets

» Creating Circulation Set Records
» Creating and Managing Circulation Sets
» Circulation Sets FAQ


» Serials properties
» Serials manual
» Check in Issues of Serial

Watch a Recording of the Serials Basics Class here

Training requirements

New staff members who are going to be doing any type of bibliographic data entry are required to attend the SAILS data entry training. See the network calendar for training opportunities.
Approved on 04/2002

Basic Workflows Training is available online through Mentor from SirsiDynix. Contact catsupport@sailsinc.org for a login.

Policy for editing MARC records

  1. No changes are to be made to full OCLC MARC records and full records created by SAILS
    without approval from SAILS. Any corrections that need to be made should be sent to SAILS
    using the Bibliographic Error Report Form.
  2. Subject headings are not to be created under any circumstances. They are not to be added to any record without SAILS approval.
  3. Series are not to be created. You should contact SAILS if you need a series created in the
    authority file. You may choose a series from the authority file but you may never create one.
  4. Libraries are allowed to correct typos and add missing information to Cataloging Request records that are in the MARC-OO format. They are not allowed to change titles, change pages, or add subject headings.
    Once these records have been added to the database they belong to everyone. Uniform
    procedures must be followed.

Edited 08/2002


» property settings - workflows
» acquisitions manual - workflows


» Using 9xx with Acquisitions
» Using 9xx without Acquisitions
» ipage and workflows user guide from Ingram


» Connect to WebDewey
Name: 100-291-581
Password: sea1
» Manual

Customizing documentation

If you would like to customize the documents on this site for your library, please contact catsupport@sailsinc.org and we will email you the Word document version. Please specify which manuals you would like to receive.

Value of Service

If you had to purchase materials borrowed through the network last year, it would cost $44,109,567 in a retail store. This includes print books, audio books, videos & DVDs, and downloadable books.

Curious how much your family saved at your library? Use the form below for the answer!

Input Your
Library Materials & Services Value of
Your Use


This worksheet has been adapted from the Massachusetts Library Association. How the values were calculated.



Articles Online

All databases are funded by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Massachusetts Library System

Massachusetts Library Directory - Search virtual resources
List of databases with full-text magazine, scholarly journals and e-reference books covering all subjects, as well as The New York Times.
Boston Globe - full text