City of Boston

Generalist I

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Boston Public Library
Regular Full-Time
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Position Overview

Under supervision, and within the framework of Library policies and practices, to participate in services to a diverse population characteristic to an urban setting and to perform professional work requiring application of professional knowledge of literature, bibliographic sources and services.


Reports To:

Branch Librarian or ranking staff member.



As assigned, professional and non-professional staff members.


Under supervision performs the following:

  • Assists in the development, planning and implementation of the Library’s program of service to adults, young adults, and children as assigned through personal consultations, reference and readers’ advisory services, outreach and programs.
  • Participates in the development of interactive relationships within a defined neighborhood and in the implementation of activities to stimulate use of the Library’s resources by the community and local service agencies and organizations.
  • Plans and conducts comprehensive programming for assigned segments of the general public.
  • Performs readers’ advisory services and difficult or involved reference for the general public.
  • Provides instruction to increase patrons’ skills in the use of book resources and electronic databases.
  • Manages program funds as assigned.
  • Participates in the development of assigned book collection and manages the appropriate materials budget.
  • Assists in the compilation of annotated lists and bibliographies involving book and non-book materials.
  • Responsible for oral presentations and written reports on assigned activities within the branch.
  • May be responsible for day to day operations of the branch in the absence of the Branch Librarian or other ranking staff member.
  • May participate in recommending and /or planning changes in service or new services.
  • Actively participates in system-wide committees, training and other professional activities.
  • Performs other related and/or comparable duties as assigned.

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.
  • Knowledge of popular literature including bibliographic tools and sources; knowledge of the techniques of programming for the general public; interest in community and library work; willingness and ability to develop strong interactive community relationships; willingness to assume responsibility and carry out assignments independently; good oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to search the Internet and other electronic databases; ability to work well with staff and public; initiative, dependability, good judgment, tact, 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-1

Hours per week: 35


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