Resource Management Librarian, Worcester Public Library, Worcester MA


$42,264.64 - $61,508.10 annually; $20.25 - $29.47 hourly

A professional position under the general direction of the Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services Department Head with overall responsibility for the acquisition functions of the library.  Includes working at public service desks.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS - Resource Management:

  • Work collaboratively with subject specialists for collection management and materials acquisitions while maintaining fiscal control. 
  • Maintain the quality of service for management of serials and monographs acquisitions in all formats including digital resources by using an automated acquisitions system and preparation of fund account reports and other related reports.
  • Provide leadership in the formulation of plans, policies, practices and projects relating to resources management.
  • Create and maintain acquisitions related metadata records as required within the integrated library system, such as Innovative Interfaces' Millennium or Evergreen, and other information discovery and access tools.
  • Manage projects involving electronic resources including the integration of outsourced data into existing ILS management systems, such as ERM suggested by consortium.
  • Troubleshoot problems with electronic resources arising from subscription, licensing, or access-related technical issues in collaboration with public services.
  • Establish and maintain positive working relationships with publishers and vendors; conduct vendor evaluation as needed.
  • Search, access, edit, enter and download machine readable data and perform original and copy cataloging of library materials in assigned formats.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of library resources and an awareness of new resources and technologies.
  • Maintain professional growth and development through seminars, workshops and professional affiliations
  • Actively participates in staff development, training opportunities, committee work.
  • Perform other tasks, as assigned, consistent with the functions of the unit and level of responsibility
  • May supervise pages, interns and volunteers.



  • Provides reference service and readers' advisory in person and remotely when required.
  • Interprets library services and policies to customers in a clear and courteous manner.
  • Effectively uses and teaches the library's electronic resources.
  • Works with patrons to satisfactorily resolve computer and equipment issues.
  • Maintains a working knowledge of library resources and an awareness of new resources and technologies.
    • Promotes library services through outreach and public relations efforts where appropriate



  • Years of related acquisitions experience, along with excellent analysis and organizational skills.
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with staff and vendors
  • Flexibility in prioritizing multiple projects, ability to problem-solve, and propensity for details
  • Working experience with spreadsheet and database technology and software
  • Ability to prepare and present effective oral and written communications
  • Commitment to excellent customer service
  • Demonstrated knowledge of search skills using paper and electronic resources
  • Ability to create positive working relationships in a team environment
  • Ability to work cooperatively with all staff
  • Ability to meet attendance requirements
  • Physical ability to push carts and bins loaded with library materials
  • Ability to reach and retrieve library materials at high and low shelf heights



  • Working experience with accounts payable procedures
  • Experience with metadata management systems currently in use at the Library (such as Innovative Interfaces Millennium, B&T Title Source III, Midwesttapes online selection system, OCLC Connexion).
  • Familiarity with MARC and non-MARC metadata schemes and evolving standards.


Education:               MLS from a library school accredited by the American Library Association or approved by the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  Substantial knowledge in procurement, business or an accounting discipline.

Experience:             None required.

Schedule:                May include evenings and weekends and working in other departments and locations

The Worcester Public Library makes every effort to support ALA's "Core Competences of Librarianship" as approved and adopted as policy by the ALA Council, January 27th 2009 and as an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer, values diversity and aims to have its workforce reflect the community.


The information in this summary indicates the general nature and level of work performed within this role.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this position.



Send resume and cover letter on or before Monday, December 16, 2013 to: City of Worcester, 455 Main Street, Room 109, Worcester, MA  01608 or email to .


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