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Local History and Reference Librarian, Amesbury Public Library, Amesbury, MA



·         Assists Archivist with local history projects including: processing archival collections; genealogy research; and developing wayfinding tools to increase patron access to local history collections.

·         Contributes to interpretive program for archives and local history collections including but not limited to marketing, social media, exhibits, and library programs.

·         Provides assistance to library patrons of all ages in locating and using library materials, resources and facilities.

·         Reference work includes; identifying and interpreting user needs, readers’ advisory, computer and eReader support, database and referral services, Interlibrary library loan functions (Commonwealth Catalog, CLIO, OCLC, etc.)

·         Provides information, basic reference, and readers’ advisory to library users in direct consultation, by phone, email and other emerging technologies.

·         Performs circulation desk activities as required.

·         Reference desk duties as assigned

·         Other duties as assigned.


·         Strong public service commitment.

·         Excellent computer skills, particularly in O365 environment and Windows operating systems 

·         Familiarity with integrated library systems, preferably Symphony 

·         Familiarity with best practices for handling archival material.

·         Broad knowledge of personal computers and their applications in a library setting.

·         Understanding of social media and its use to build community and promote the library and its services.

·         Ability to develop effective working relationships with department personnel and with the general public.

·         High degree of flexibility and the ability to multi-task and frequently change focus

·         Effective time management skills.

·         Excellent oral and written communication skills.

·         Ability to work as a team member as well as independently  

·         Good interpersonal skills, friendly manner, and ability to work in a busy customer service environment 

·         Work independently with minimal daily instruction. 

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  A Master’s Degree in Library Science in a program accredited by the American Library Association. Minimum of 2-3 years’ professional experience. Experience in local history and genealogy research and/or archival processing preferred.

How to Apply:

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to:

Heather Worrall, Human Resource Coordinator, at [email protected] 

Resumes should be submitted by July 22, 2021.

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