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Reference Librarian, Springfield City Library, Springfield, MA

Reference Librarian with a YA focus: Opening at Springfield (MA) City Library

Apply for our Reference Librarian position by September 3, 2017.

The Springfield City Library seeks applications to work at our forward-looking public library as a Reference Librarian with a YA focus. Are you the one? Are you ready to work as part of our dedicated team of professionals in a very busy urban library system? Each year, we welcome over 700,000 visitors throughout our nine locations and offer nearly 4,000 programs for adults, teens, and children. Our 76,628 registered patrons account for circulation of nearly 650,000 items!

We are here to help community members find what they need, no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they're looking for, because the Springfield City Library is their place of connection to information and knowledge, culture, and community. Our library has been recognized with two Urban Library Council Innovation awards and is part of the American Library Association's Libraries Transforming Communities cohort.

The Reference Librarian position is based at our busy Forest Park Branch Library. This position has a focus on information service for all ages and on programming for teens. The person hired for this position will also do some collection maintenance and outreach. The annual salary is $46,683 for a 37.5 hour/week schedule. Be sure to upload a compelling cover letter when you apply. Further job details and application are available here: http://bit.ly/FTRefFP917. Or, go to the City's website, click on Employment Opportunities, and look for Reference Librarian.

Candidates should have a Bachelor's degree and an ALA-accredited MLS and some experience in a library setting. MLS candidates may be considered. Excellent customer service orientation is needed, and a "turned outward" approach to community engagement is ideal. Desirable: Experience in creating lively programs for teens, and bilingual abilities (English and Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese or other).

Springfield, Massachusetts: We are Innovative, Affordable, Cultured, Green, and Accessible. It's an attractive place to earn, learn, live, and raise a family. Take a look!

Springfield is a city on the rise. Founded in 1636 by William Pynchon, it has a proud history. From its earliest days, Springfield was a center of commerce. In the industrial age, the city was one of the largest, most prodigious manufacturing centers in the country. Its reputation was bolstered by the many innovations that sprung forth from the city's residents.

Today, Springfield is once again becoming known for innovation and technology. From mentorship programs for entrepreneurs and accelerators for startups ready to scale to specialty incubators and training, the city is regaining is standing as a great place to start and grow a business. Springfield is also home to large employers including MassMutual, Baystate Health, five colleges, and a host of social and professional organizations.

Springfield is also an affordable city. Real estate prices are considered a real bargain when compared to cities in other parts of the state. Known as the City of Homes, Springfield residential real estate features a variety of architectural styles to choose from.

Cultural activities are several notches above what you might expect in a medium-sized city. Springfield Museums is just one example. Four museums strong, the newest addition is the world's only Dr. Seuss Museum. And don't miss the Basketball Hall of Fame and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra.

Abundant green space is another prominent feature. Forest Park is one of the country's largest municipal parks. Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, it covers 735 acres and is loaded with outdoor recreational opportunities year round.

Travel is easy when you live in Springfield. Located at the crossroads of I90 and I91, 20 minutes from an international airport, and with abundant Amtrak service to New York City, you're two hours from NYC, 90 minutes from Boston, and one hour from Vermont.

Consider joining our team! Apply for our Reference Librarian position by September 3, 2017.

Inquiries are welcome, but all applications must be filed on the City's website.

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