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Part-Time Reference and Adult Services Library Assistant, Northborough Free Library, Northborough, MA

The Northborough Free Library is seeking a progressive, resourceful and customer-focused Reference and Adult Services Library Assistant to work part-time in our busy library.



In addition to responding to patron inquiries, duties will also include assistance with the following:

  • Cataloging
  • Interlibrary loan
  • Collection maintenance
  • Readers' advisory
  • Assisting patrons with technology
  • Posting content on the library's website and social media sites and assisting with adult programs.

The person hired for this position will also serve as the volunteer coordinator, and will assist the Librarians by maintaining our volunteer database, fielding volunteer inquiries to the appropriate department, and assisting with the annual volunteer appreciation event. 


The ideal candidate will be an engaging individual who understands the critical role libraries play in the learning and discovery process, who enjoys connecting patrons with the best resources available, and who is conversant with current library trends and emerging information technologies. 


Hours: This is a 19-hour per week position that includes at least two Saturdays per month from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on a rotating basis, Thursday evenings until 8:30 p.m. (beginning in January 2020), and one additional evening per week (either Monday or Tuesday) until 8:30 p.m. Flexibility to work other hours on an as-needed basis is desired. 



  • Associate's degree or 2 years of college and a minimum of 1½ years' experience working in a library; or any equivalent education and experience. A Bachelor's degree is preferred.
  • Familiarity with library automation in a consortium setting is highly desirable.
  • Other desirable skills include:
    • A familiarity with both print and electronic resources
    • Advanced computer skills
    • The ability to assist patrons with common computer applications, including the use of mobile devices in a library environment.
    • Outstanding customer service skills
    • Strong research and readers' advisory skills.

  • An interest in adult programming and some cataloging experience is desirable. 


Hourly rate: $20.22 - $26.29. This is a non-benefited position. 


Application Instructions

For a complete job description, please visit Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume and the names of 3 references to: Kate Whitman, Financial Assistant at or to the Northborough Free Library, 34 Main Street, Northborough, MA 01532. Review of applications will begin October 2, 2019 and the position will remain open until filled. 


The Town of Northborough is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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