City of Boston

Adults Librarian II

Posted Date 2 months ago(3/23/2023 8:37 PM)
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Boston Public Library
Regular Full-Time
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Basic Function:

Under supervision and within the framework of the Library’s policies and practices, to assume responsibility for the effective execution of the Library’s programs of service to adults in a diverse population characteristic to an urban setting and to perform professional work requiring substantial application of professional knowledge and experience.


Reports to:

Ranking staff member



As assigned, professional and non-professional staff members 


Typical duties and responsibilities:

  1. Initiates, develops, plans, and implements the Library’s programs of service to adults, involving book and non-book materials, through personal consultation, reference and readers’ advisory services, outreach, and programming.
  2. Develops interactive relationships within a defined neighborhood and implements activities to stimulate the use of the Library’s resources by the community and local service agencies and organizations.
  3. Plans and conducts comprehensive programming for adults in keeping with programming responsibilities found in other P2 branch positions.
  4. Performs readers’ advisory services and difficult or involved reference work for adults.
  5. Provides instruction to increase patron skills in the use of book resources and electronic databases.
  6. Manages program funds as assigned.
  7. Responsible for the development of adult book collections and manages the appropriate materials budget.
  8. Compiles annotated lists and bibliographies involving book and non-book materials.
  9. Recommends and/or plans changes in service and new services.
  10. Responsible for oral presentations and written reports on adult services activities within the branch library.
  11. Assists in training professional and non-professional staff.
  12. May be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the branch in the absence of the Branch Librarian or other ranking staff members.
  13. Actively participates in system-wide committees, training, and other professional activities.
  14. May be called upon to represent the library on city-wide and state-wide committees.
  15. Performs other related and/or comparable duties as assigned.

Minimum Entrance Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications


A bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university and a master’s degree in library science from an accredited library school.  In exceptional instances specialized education, training and/or experience may be substituted for part or all of the educational requirements.


Two years of professional library experience or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training sufficient to indicate ability to do the work.


Broad knowledge of Library policies, practices, and procedures; extensive knowledge of popular book and non-book materials including reading and bibliographic tools and sources; demonstrated knowledge of the techniques of programming; demonstrated interest in community and library work; demonstrated ability and willingness to develop strong, interactive community relationships; demonstrated ability and willingness to assume responsibility and to carry out assignments independently; proven oral and written communication skills; Internet and other electronic database searching experience; demonstrated ability to work well with staff and public; initiative; dependability; good judgment; tact; courtesy



  1. Some evening and weekend hours.
  2. Residency – Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.
  3. CORI – Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.


Union/Salary Plan/Grade: PSA / P / 2

Hours per week: 35


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