City of Somerville Generalist Librarian in Somerville, Massachusetts
We seek an enthusiastic, innovative, and flexible individual who wants to join a team committed to providing excellent library services to patrons of all ages in Somerville.
Statement of Duties:
Reports to the Deputy Director
Fills in at public service desks across all library locations, providing exceptional customer service to patrons of all ages
Provides engaging reference and reader’s advisory services using a variety of digital, electronic, and print resources
Assists patrons accessing Library’s digital, electronic, and print collections
Provides basic troubleshooting to assist patrons using Library technology
Under supervision of Library Department Heads, develops, plans, implements, and evaluates in-person and virtual programs for people of all ages and backgrounds
Engages in outreach to, and develops and maintains partnerships and relationships with local community, civic, and business groups and organizations, as well as City of Somerville departments
Develops, selects, and maintains library collections as assigned
Promotes new and existing library collections, services, programs, and events through outreach and in-library efforts, and via print, web, and social media
Attends professional workshops, seminars, conferences, and continuing educational opportunities
Keeps current in trends and best practices in the library world
Completes special projects and performs other duties as assigned
MLS from an ALA accredited library school, and at least two years of professional or equivalent experience
Demonstrated experience with social media
Ability to deal with the public effectively and pleasantly
Ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively across all departments
Ability to perform basic troubleshooting of library technology
Ability to speak two or more languages a plus
The work environment involves everyday discomforts typical of offices, with occasional exposure to outside elements. Noise or physical surroundings may be distracting, but conditions are generally not unpleasant.
Physical and Mental Requirements:
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 position’s essential function.
Little or no physical demands are required to perform the work. Work effort principally involves sitting to perform work tasks, with intermittent periods of stooping, walking, and standing. There may also be some occasional lifting of objects such as books, office equipment and computer paper (up to 30 lbs.). Job requires ability to bend, lift and carry library materials and pull book carts (up to 50lbs.)
Duties are largely mental rather than physical, but the job may occasionally require minimal motor skills for activities such as moving objects, operating a telephone system, computer and/or most other office equipment, typing and/or word processing, filing, and sorting.
Visual demands include constantly reading documents in print and on the computer, for general understanding and for analytical purposes.
Hours: 40 hours per week (including evenings and Saturdays)
Salary: $1,009.79 weekly, plus benefits
Union: SMEA B
Date Posted: February 12th, 2024
City of Somerville residents are especially encouraged to apply.
The City of Somerville is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability or any other protected category. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative formats, and reasonable modifications in policies and procedures will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities free of charge, upon request. Persons with disabilities who need auxiliary aids and services for effective communication (i.e., CART, ASL), written materials in alternative formats, or reasonable modifications in policies and procedures in order to access the programs, activities, and meetings of the City of Somerville should please contact Adrienne Pomeroy at 617-625-6600 x 2059 or email@example.com.
Pre-Employment Requirements for All Employees:
MA Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) clearance
Completition of Conflict-of-Interest Law Education training for municipal employees
Overview of Total Rewards:
4 weeks annual vacation (for non-union positions) union positions vary by contract
Medical insurance through the Group Insurance Commission (GIC) - 80% of premium costs paid by City
Dental coverage low and high plans through Cigna
Vision care through Vision Service Plan (VSP)
Long term disability through Sun Life
Group and voluntary life insurance through Boston Mutual
Health Care and Dependent Care flexible spending through Benefit Strategies
Deferred compensation plans through a choice of three vendors
Free, confidential services through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by E4Health
Annual cancer screening & wellness release
Somerville Retirement Pension System
MBTA pass program
FREE Blue Bikes membership
Eligible employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PSLF)
Benefits listed are for benefits-eligible positions and the above information is meant to be a general overview of the benefit programs offered by the City of Somerville and not a binding contract.
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