City of Boston

Adults Librarian II

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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:

  • Initiates, develops, plans, and implements the Library’s programs of service to adults, involving book and non-book materials, through personal consultation, reference, and reader's advisory services, outreach, and programming.
  • 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.
  • Plans and conducts comprehensive programming for adults in keeping with programming responsibilities found in other P2 branch positions.
  • Performs readers’ advisory services and difficult or involved reference work for adults.
  • Provides instruction to increase patron skills in the use of book resources and electronic databases.
  • Manages program funds as assigned.
  • Responsible for the development of adult book collections and managing the appropriate materials budget.
  • Compiles annotated lists and bibliographies involving book and non-book materials.
  • Recommends and/or plans changes in service and new services.
  • Responsible for oral presentations and written reports on adult services activities within the branch library.
  • Assists in training professional and non-professional staff.
  • May be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the branch in the absence of the Branch Librarian or other ranking staff members.
  • Actively participates in system-wide committees, training, and other professional activities.
  • May be called upon to represent the Library on city-wide and state-wide committees.
  • 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 (2) years of professional library experience or any equivalent combination of education, experience, and training sufficient to indicate the 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 the public; initiative, dependability; good judgment, tact, and courtesy.
  • Some evening and weekend hours.
  • 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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