City of Boston

Branch Librarian I

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/11/2023 2:24 PM)
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Boston Public Library
Regular Full-Time
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Basic Function:   Under direction of the Neighborhood Services Manager, to assume responsibility for the administration and programs of a branch library.


Reports to:            Neighborhood Services Manager


Supervises:            The staff of a branch library.


Typical Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Executes the policies and practices of the Library as they pertain to the Branch Library.
  • Assumes primary responsibility in one service area or more, depending on current staffing and community needs, when necessary.
  • Provides reference and readers' advisory services, and programs which may involve all age groups.
  • Stimulates library use for all age groups within a defined neighborhood, through the development of programs, collections and community outreach.
  • Supervises the development and maintenance of the branch library's collections within the framework of Library policies.
  • Supervises, trains and develops each staff member to realize his/her full potential and use that developed potential to provide the best library service.
  • Works collegially with other Branch Librarians, department heads and staff throughout the library. 
  • Demonstrates familiarity with and ability to apply collective bargaining agreements, as needed, to carry out the responsibilities as supervisor of branch staff.
  • Maintains the appropriate liaisons with regard to the Branch building.
  • Maintains working relationships with Friends of the Library, educational institutions, churches, social and community groups, and businesses in the community served.
  • Assumes responsibility for administering funds within the Branch.
  • Makes oral presentations and written reports on activities within the Branch.
  • Actively participates in system-wide committees, training and other professional activities.
  • Represents the Library on citywide and statewide committees, if called upon to do so.
  • Performs other related and/or comparable duties as required. 

Minimum Entrance 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.
  • Four years of pertinent professional library experience and/or any equivalent combination of education, training and/or experience sufficient to indicate ability to do the work.
  • Administrative insight and broad professional outlook; demonstrated progressive, professional development; broad knowledge of library policies, practices and procedures and willingness and ability to execute them effectively; extensive knowledge of book and non-book materials; comprehensive knowledge of bibliographical tools and sources; demonstrated knowledge of appropriate technology; broad knowledge of library collections; proven skills in oral and written communications; superior ability and willingness to assume responsibility; initiative in generating new ideas; proven ability to plan and supervise the work of others; continuing interest in and ability to improve existing work techniques and procedures; demonstrated ability to work successfully with staff and public alike; commitment to library leadership within the neighborhood served; willingness and proven ability to work with patrons of all age groups; professional demeanor; tact, dependability, good judgment and courtesy.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment and focus on detail as required by the job.

Residency - Must be a resident of the City of Boston upon the first day of hire.

CORI - Must successfully clear a Criminal Offenders Record Information check with the City of Boston.


Union/Salary Plan/Grade: PSA/P-3
Hours per week: 35


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