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Reference Librarian (generalist, with a children's focus)

Springfield City Library

public library system

Application Deadline

Apply By Aug 7th, 2022


$51,549.00 to $51,550.00 per Year   Calculate


Springfield, MA





Minimum Education

Bachelor's Degree

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


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Job Description

This full-time, 37.5 hours/week job, is based at the Sixteen Acres Branch Library, located in a neighborhood where housing was mostly constructed after World War II, brings suburbia to the city with a diverse housing stock, many parks and other recreational options, shops, and easy access to Downtown and interstate highways alike.  Apply by Sunday, August 7, 2022.

The Reference Librarian is part of a nine person team and has shared responsibility for reference services, reader's advisory, tech assistance, collection maintenance of print and non-print materials, programming, outreach, community engagement, and similar duties pertaining to adult and/or youth services, with a focus on grade school age youth. Work is performed under the direction of the Branch Supervisor and the Branch Manager. Apply here.

We're looking for candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and the completion of an American Library Association-accredited Masters of Library Science. Candidates currently enrolled in an MLS program may also be considered. You'll need an excellent customer service orientation, and a "turned outward" approach to community engagement is ideal. Bilingual abilities desirable (English and Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese, Arabic, Somali, Dari, or other community language). The City of Springfield has a residency requirement and allows new hires up to a year to establish residency. The annual salary is $51,549, with the opportunity (optional) to earn more by working extra hours, including 5 hour shifts on Sundays, with Sunday hours paid at time and a half. When you apply, please include a cover letter so we can get to know you.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

Generous benefit package available after completion of six month probationary period. The City recently added the celebration of Juneteenth to its list of thirteen paid holidays. 

Additional Info & Requirements

The City of Springfield has a residency requirement and allows new hires up to a year to establish residency.  When you apply, please upload a cover letter so we can get to know you. Inquiries via LinkedIn are welcome, but all applications must be filed on the City of Springfield (MA)'s website. 

The Community

We are a city of about 156,000 people. Established in 1636 and located in western Massachusetts on the banks of the Connecticut River and spreading eastward, the "City of Homes" offers a mixed housing stock, from expansive Victorians to densely-packed apartment blocks. Its flat landscape of 33 square miles is home to the 730 acre Forest Park and the Basketball Hall of Fame. Springfield City Library is community-centered and has a Central Library and 8 branches. We recently embraced a new set of Strategic Priorities and committed to these values: We are Welcoming, Trusted, Connected, and Innovative. Review our mission and strategic priorities here. Come help us achieve this vision!

Learn more about working with us, including links to videos showing some of the highlights of our beautiful city: Working at Springfield City Library We are home to an AHL hockey team, a symphony orchestra, four Smithsonian-affiliated museums plus numerous independent and college galleries, and many other activities to get involved in.


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