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Librarian Generalist I – West Branch, Somerville, MA


The Library Generalist helps facilitate outstanding patron experiences at our newly renovated, historic West Branch Library, and seeks opportunities to drive innovation of library programs and services.


  • Reports directly to the Branch Manager
  • Works directly with the public at a variety of public service desks
  • Assists patrons of all ages with print and electronic library resources, both in person and remotely
  • Provides readers advisory for a variety of ages
  • Prepares and delivers presentations of library programs, services, and collections
  • Promotes new and existing library collections, services, and programs via social media, and at community and neighborhood events
  • Delivers library materials to homebound patrons
  • Under the direction of the Branch Manager, assists with programs, collection development, and weeding areas of the collection
  • Participates in professional development and follows professional literature and resources to expand knowledge of library trends, skills, and best practices.
  • Performs basic troubleshooting and support for library technology (e.g., printers, copiers, scanners, etc.)
  • Completes special projects as assigned
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • MLS from ALA accredited library school and two years of professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to provide excellent patron services
  • Ability to work courteously and professionally with diverse populations, neighborhood organizations, and businesses
  • Ability to travel across city to conduct and participate in library programs and community events
  • Ability to communicate effectively, patiently, and courteously, both orally and in writing
  • Ability to prepare written reports and presentations
  • Ability to multitask
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems and borrower services
  • Experience operating and troubleshooting AV equipment preferred
  • Ability to provide support and troubleshooting for library technology
  • Punctual and dependable
  • Ability to pull book carts, bend, lift, carry, and shelve library materials weighing up to 40 lbs

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