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Reference Librarians (Per Diem Substitute), Hopkinton Public Library, Hopkinton, MA


The Town of Hopkinton seeks energetic and enthusiastic individuals with a love of public service as Per Diem Substitute Reference Librarians for its recently renovated and grand Public Library.

The Town of Hopkinton is committed to equal opportunity, encourages diversity and inclusion and believes that a positive culture of inclusion in Town governance contributes to the Town’s overall qualities as a great place to live and work. We welcome all to apply.

The Per Diem Substitute Reference Librarians will provide coverage on a substitute basis as needed at the library’s reference desk. If needed, coverage assistance may occasionally be requested at other service points in the library. Services provided include a wide variety of information and reader’s advisory services and instruction to library users in the use of library resources and technology. Responsible for assisting library users with public access computers and the ILS system (Evergreen). The Adult Services Librarian may assign other small projects as needed/as time permits. As normal library hours resume, this position will also participate in the regular Saturday rotation (6 – 6.5 hours every 3 – 4 weeks).

Per Diem Substitute Reference Librarian Qualifications:

  • Equivalent to Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited program or students close to completion of MLS (within 1 year) and public library or reference desk experience. More than 1 years public library or reference desk preferred.
  • Excellent customer service skills and ability to communicate and work effectively with other staff and library patrons of all ages.
  • Comfortable helping library users with the Internet, electronic library resources, computers, and other technology.

Hiring Salary: $21.81 hourly

Hours: Varied as this position primarily provides coverage in absence of regularly scheduled staff.

 Hopkinton Public Library is currently open on weekdays only, including two evenings.

Post-COVID, hours will expand to include additional evenings as well as Saturdays and Sundays.

Substitutes may be called upon to  work during any of the library open hours.

How to apply:

Internal/External Applicants: To be considered for this position, please submit the required Application for Employment, attached, cover letter and resume no later than 4:00 pm, Thursday, May 6, 2021 to h… Individuals who may need an accommodation in order to participate in the process should contact HR. Applications will also be accepted via drop off or mail to: Town Hall, Human Resources Department, 18 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA 01748. There is a drop box in the front of Hopkinton Town Hall.