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Special Collections Assistant, Jones Library, Amherst, MA

The Jones Library in Amherst seeks a detail-oriented, reliable, and enthusiastic Assistant for their Special Collections department. This is a partially benefitted, part-time position with a starting salary of $12.81 per hour to work between 8-11 hours per week. Hours include Tuesday and Friday afternoons and occasional Saturday afternoons.


Job Summary - Library Technician, Special Collections

Provides friendly, courteous public service and assists the public in the use of Special Collections resources. Assists with the preparation of dynamic exhibits and programs. Collaborates with other staff on special projects that further departmental goals.


Major Duties

  • Provides customer service, giving basic information and directions.  Answers questions on the use of Special Collections and available services as well as basic inquiries related to local history, genealogy, and Amherst authors.
  • Monitors use of collections by the public to ensure security and preservation. Ensures researchers comply with the department's policies and procedures.
  • Pages requested materials and sorts materials after use.
  • Assists with maintaining the department's social media initiatives.
  • Scans photographs and documents and creates the metadata associated with the digital images.
  • Assists with processing of collections for archival storage and use.


This position works under the supervision of the Head of Special Collections.


Desired Minimum Qualifications

Must be able to deliver friendly, attentive and courteous customer service and interact with people of all ages and backgrounds; Must have fluency in PC desktop computing and working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel; General knowledge or interest in American history; Ability to pay close attention to detail; Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; Reliable work habits; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and staff. Prior experience in a Special Collections or archives preferred. We provide full training for our tasks.


Closing date: June 28, 2018


To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, completed Town of Amherst employment application (download and print: and a list of three professional references to Cynthia Harbeson, Head of Special Collections, The Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA, 01002.

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