Senior Substitute/Main Library Children's Department, Cambridge Public Library, Cambridge MA

Senior Substitute/Main Library Children's Department 

Cambridge Public Library

Positions #L422-702, #L422-706, L422-717

  15hrs per week


Position L422-702 schedule: Mondays 8:30am - 5:00pm; Tuesdays 10am-2pm @ the O'Connell Branch; Fridays 1:30pm-5:00pm


Position L422-706 schedule: Wednesdays 2:30pm -7:00pm; Thursdays 9am-12 Noon; Fridays 8:30pm-5:00pm (1 hour lunch)


Position L422-717 schedule: Mondays 9:00 - 3:00pm (lunch 11:30 - 12pm); Wednesdays 9:00 - 3:00pm (lunch 11:30 - 12pm); Saturdays 11:00am - 3:00pm



High school diploma or high school equivalency required.  A bachelor's degree or coursework beyond high school is desirable.


Requires working knowledge of basic public library concepts and resources, competency to follow oral and written instructions accurately and thoroughly, competency to operate a computer terminal, adaptability and dependability to work well in a team situation, flexibility to fill in during scheduling emergencies and vacation periods, ability to recognize situations that require referral to the full time staff, an interest in and enthusiasm for working with the public, tact, patience, maturity, friendliness.



  • Shelves materials
  • Maintains orderliness and neatness in the department and reads shelves as necessary
  • Assists children and care givers in locating materials, referring them if necessary to the full time staff
  • Performs functions related to circulation control
  • May assist in planning and implementation of programs for adults and children
  • Operates various equipment in the presentation of library programs
  • Any other duties required by the Manager of Youth Services.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to person essential functions.



  • Physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including office equipment such as computers, calculators, copiers, facsimile machines, CD/DVD players
  • Ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time to use computer workstations, including keyboard and visual display terminal
  • Strength to push or pull a loaded book cart which can weigh in excess of 100 pounds on level floor and up ramp, to lift or maneuver onto cart loads of up to 50 pounds, and to carry cartons of books
  • Must be able to pay close attention to details and concentrate on work
  • Time management ability to set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines
  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities which permit effective communication
  • Sufficient vision or other powers of observation to permit employee to read books and patron requests
  • Sufficient manual dexterity which permits the employee to type and record library files
  • Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes which permits the employee to re-shelve library materials and work at public service desks



  • Works in assigned areas, including office areas, training rooms, various library locations, as necessary
  • Normal office exposure to noise, stress, and interruptions
  • Attends and participates in continuing educational programs designed to keep abreast of changes in profession


RATE:                      $ 15.97 per hour to $19.06 per hour in five steps


DEADLINE:            August 6, 2013



APPLY TO:              

City of Cambridge

Personnel Department, Room 309

795 Massachusetts Avenue

Cambridge, MA 02139

Please send 2 copies each of cover letter & resume

Fax: 617-349-4312

Professional Job Listings in New England | Public Positions