Reference Librarian

Springfield City Library has an exciting career opportunity waiting for just the right candidate. Are you the one? Are you ready to work as part of our dedicated team of professionals in a very busy urban library system? Each year, we welcome over 700,000 visitors throughout our nine locations and offer nearly 4,000 programs for adults, teens and children. Our 76,628 registered patrons account for circulation of nearly 650,000!

Springfield, Massachusetts, founded in 1636 by William Pynchon, has a proud history. From its earliest days, Springfield was a center of commerce. In the industrial age, the city was one of the largest, most prodigious manufacturing centers in the country. Springfield’s reputation was bolstered by the many innovations that sprung forth from the city’s residents. Today, Springfield is once again becoming known for innovation and technology. From mentorship programs for entrepreneurs and accelerators for startups ready to scale to specialty incubators and training, the city is regaining its standing as a great place to start and grow a business. Springfield is also home to large employers including MassMutual, Baystate Health, five colleges, and a host of social and professional services organizations. Have we piqued your interest? Want to know more about the opportunity? Read on.

The Library seeks applications for a Reference Librarian position at our forward-looking public library. Get excited about the possibilities of working in the city of Springfield by watching this video, then apply before midnight EST on Monday, June 4, 2018. We seek candidates who can embrace the attitude that “It’s All Yours, Just Ask,” and who see the library as a place to help strengthen our city through strong connections and constructive dialogue. We are here to help community members find what they need, no matter who they are, where they come from, or what they’re looking for, because the Springfield City Library is their place of connection to information and knowledge, culture, and community.

This Reference Librarian position is based at our busy Mason Square Branch Library and is available due to a promotion. The person selected for this position will be part of a dynamic branch library team and focus on reference, reader’s advisory, outreach, and programming for teens and children, as well as some collection development. Work is performed under the general direction of the Branch Supervisor and the Manager of Adult & Youth Information Services.

Requirements include a Bachelor’s degree and completion of an American Library Association-accredited Master of Library Science. MLS candidates may be considered as well; once the degree is attained, the salary would be converted to MLS-level pay automatically.

Desired: Commitment to meaningful community engagement. Experience in creating lively programs for children and teens. Bilingual abilities desirable (English and Spanish, Russian, Vietnamese or other). Excellent customer service orientation is needed, and a “turned outward” approach to community engagement is ideal.

The salary is $46,683 annually for MLS holders for a 37.5 hours workweek; for MLS candidates $38,779. Further job details and application are available here, or, go to the City of Springfield’s website, click on Employment Opportunities, and look for Reference Librarian.

Inquiries are welcome, but all applications must be filed on the City of Springfield’s website.