City of Boston

Age Strong Librarian

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Boston Public Library
Regular Full-Time
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Position Overview:

Under supervision and within the framework of the Library policies and practices, provides outreach services to senior housing and other community spaces for older adults.  Assumes responsibility for the effective execution of the Library’s programs of service to a diverse senior population characteristic to an urban setting and to preform professional work requiring application of substantial professional knowledge and experience.


Reports to:

Branch Librarian or ranking staff member.



As assigned, professional and support staff.


Scope of Responsibility:

  • Responsible for providing high quality, inclusive, and equitable library programs, collections, and services for library users with a focus on adults aged 55+.
  • Initiates, develops, plans, and implements the Library’s programs of services to the adult senior community as assigned through personal consultations, reference and readers’ advisory, outreach and programs at the branch and at off-site locations.
  • Works with administrators and staff at the branch to develop, deploy and support outreach services for and to identify senior service populations in the neighborhood.
  • Collaborates with community groups, city agencies, non-profits, and others to bring high-quality senior programming and services out into the community. Offers library services and programs at non-library locations.
  • Communicates effectively with internal and external partners. Works with appropriate staff to procure materials necessary for successful programs. Facilitates payment for performers and presenters and manages program funds as assigned.
  • Provides professional staff support for outreach events at BPL locations and/or locations throughout the neighborhood, including outreach services to senior housing and other community spaces for older adults.
  • Works with administration and branch staff to evaluate outreach services.
  • Provides instruction to patrons in the use of technology and library resources.
  • Responsible for the development of assigned book collections and manages the appropriate materials budget.
  • Compiles annotated lists and bibliographies involving book and non-book materials.
  • Recommends and/or plans changes in service or new services.
  • Assists in training professional and nonprofessional staff.
  • Works on public service desk as assigned.
  • Assumes responsibility for administering program funds, as assigned.
  • As assigned, represents the Library at local and national conferences.
  • Makes oral and written reports and presentations on activities for seniors at the branch and other non-library locations.
  • Keeps current in the best practices of the profession by taking advantage of training and development activities, by reading professional literature, and by participating in professional activities.
  • Actively participates in system-wide committees, training, and other professional activities.
  • Represents the Library on city-wide and state-wide committees, as assigned.
  • Performs other related and comparable duties as assigned.


Minimum Entrance Qualifications:


  • Education – Bachelor's degree from a recognized college or university and a master's degree in library and information science from an ALA accredited library school. In exceptional circumstances, specialized training/experience may be substituted for all or part of the educational requirement.
  • Experience – Two (2) years of professional library experience, including experience in public programming for seniors. Knowledge of broad-based library programming practices, including current trends in adult services. Excellent knowledge of online communications and social networking tools. Demonstrated interest in community and library work with seniors. Demonstrated ability and willingness to develop strong, interactive community relationships.
  • Proficiency with MSWord, Publisher, Power Point, and Excel. Familiarity with and interest in a broad range of social networking and online collaboration tools.
  • Innovative, service-minded, and collaborative with experience in public service.
  • Ability to execute library policy.
  • Ability to plan programs in collaboration and with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrates initiative and independent decision-making skills.
  • Communicates effectively and presents ideas clearly.
  • Ability to think creatively and innovatively.
  • Identifies, plans and prioritizes job responsibilities and tasks; determines and implements project timelines.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and the ability to adapt to change.
  • Ability to collaborate with library staff, external partners and resources.
  • Proficiency in a second language other than English desirable.
  • Some evening and weekend hours consistent with branch hours.
  • Weekly schedule varies based on scheduled programs and events.
  • Ability to travel to BPL locations as well as to off-site locations.
  • 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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