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Adult Services/Reference Librarian, Hudson Public Library, Hudson, MA

The Hudson Public Library is seeking an individual to work full-time in the reference area of the adult department. 


The Adult Services/ Reference Librarian works independently under the general direction of the Library Director and under policies established by the Board of Library Trustees. Performs professional library duties of a responsible nature involving considerable judgment and initiative in providing forward thinking adult services and reference.


Duties: Performs reference and reader's advisory services. Assists patrons by making referrals to other agencies or placing holds for materials not in our collection. Oversees the purchase, maintenance and weeding of the reference and non-fiction collections. Selects and oversees the bid process for the periodical collection; catalogs and oversees the display and disposal of these holdings. Responsible for public relations functions including the scheduling and administration of adult programs, directing monthly book discussions and other projects. Responsible for the evaluation and selection of all on-line reference databases and the links on the website.  Responsible for instructing patrons in the use of the Internet computers, reference databases, and PACs.  Assigns work and projects as necessary to part-time Reference staff. Assists in the maintenance of the Library website; responsible for Library's social media accounts including Facebook, Pinterest, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, etc. Responsible for outreach and contact with Hudson High School Librarian and Curriculum Coordinator. Attends professional meetings and workshops; reads current professional literature relating to adult services, technology and library services in general.  Covers the Circulation Desk when needed.


Education and Experience: Master's degree in library science. MLS candidates may be considered if the candidate is currently enrolled in an ALA accredited Master's program in Library Science with successful completion of core curriculum courses and graduate level reference course; one year of professional library experience; or any equivalent combination of education and experience. 


Knowledge, Ability & Skill: Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of professional library work. Knowledge of reference sources and the organization and management of library operations is essential.  Ability to speak and write clearly and concisely. Attention to detail & ability to work independently are equally vital. Strong computer skills and knowledge of Evergreen ILS and Wordpress preferred.


Experience in public libraries, teaching and public programming, demonstrated willingness to develop community relationships, and adept with technology. Creativity, enthusiasm, initiative, highly motivated, forward thinking self-starter.


Excellent customer service skills and the ability to provide a welcoming atmosphere for library visitors are key components of this job.


Hours: 37.5 hours per week; requires one night a week and one Saturday a month.


Salary: $36,252 - $47,698 in 8 steps


Deadline: November 30, 2018. AA/EOE 


Send cover letter, resume and three professional references to: Deborah Backman, Library Director, Hudson Public Library, 3 Washington St, Hudson, MA. 01749 or email

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