Reference Librarian, Bridgewater Public Library, Bridgewater MA

Bridgewater Public Library

Job Classification: Reference Librarian (15 hr/week including evening and weekends.)

Reports to: Senior Reference Librarian or Library Director

Position Description: (The content is qualifying but not limiting.)

Provides excellent customer assistance to patrons of the Bridgewater Public Library and other area libraries by locating and selecting library materials. Responds to requests for information in person, by telephone, fax, email, or by mail. Requests materials from other libraries through interlibrary loan. Provides referral services. Plans, publicizes and carries out library programs. Works with community agencies and schools to provide service. Helps coordinate volunteer program. Guides library users in the use of reference materials, on-line catalog, microfilms, Internet navigation, word processing, special aids and multimedia equipment. Provides bibliographic and multimedia instruction with emerging technologies. Conducts readers' advisory service and answers questions of directional, ready reference and specific search nature. Maintains and compiles statistics as required. Maintains collection through the selection and weeding of library materials and other collection development functions. Ordering and processing materials for collection. Interprets library policies to the public. Assists in development of policies for Internet and other emerging technologies. Designs displays exhibits, bibliographies, videotapes, and other public relations materials. Assists in preservation and restoration of materials in the library's historical collection. Writes grant proposals and administers funded grant projects. Writes press releases and prepares flyers, brochures, newsletter and other promotional materials. Is acquainted with developments in the library field, attends conferences, meetings and participates in continuing education. May undertake special projects and committee work at the request of the library Director.

This job description indicates the general nature and level of work expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the incumbent. Incumbent may be asked to perform other duties as required.


Master's degree in Library Science from an A.L.A. accredited program or professional certification by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners required. Broad background in literature social sciences, the humanities, and/or the sciences. Public experience preferred, strong
organizational and customer service skills a must.

Probationary Period; Six months.

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