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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: July 29, 2020
CLOSING DATE: August 13, 2020

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: Libraries
Job Title: Library Clerk (Part Time)/Collins Branch
Job Code: L422-723
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: CPLSA, Local 4928
Hours Per Week: 15, including evening hours. Hours are assigned & may be changed to meet the needs of the Dept & the Library. Specific hours will be discussed during interview. Flexibility for hours & library location worked is required, especially in current operations


Under minimal supervision, the Library Clerk provides outstanding customer service, performs circulation control, reader's advisory, and clerical activities in all areas of the branch or location.


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.





High school diploma or high school equivalency required.  A bachelor's degree or coursework beyond the high school level is desirable. Previous library experience is strongly preferred. ILS experience is also preferred.


  • Working knowledge of basic public library concepts and resources
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Solid knowledge of and comfort with a range of technologies; knowledge of current technological trends
  • Ability and willingness to work with a diverse population
  • Ability to handle the unexpected and stay calm and professional under pressure
  • Ability and willingness to be a strong team player
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions accurately and thoroughly
  • Flexibility to fill in during scheduling emergencies and vacation periods, in addition to working a regular part-time schedule
  • Ability to recognize situations that require referral to the professional librarian
  • Tact Patience Maturity Empathy



Physically able to operate technical equipment such as computers, scanners, printers, and mobile devices. Ability to sit and use computer workstation for extended periods of time. Strength to push or pull a loaded book cart which can weigh in excess of 100 pounds on level floor and up ramp, to lift or maneuver onto cart loads of up to 50 pounds, and to carry cartons of books or computers and computer equipment. Must be able to pay close attention to details and concentrate on work. Time management ability to set priorities in order to meet assignment deadlines. Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing or other communication capabilities to communicate effectively. Sufficient vision or other powers of observation  to read books and patron requests. Sufficient personal mobility and physical reflexes which permits the employee to re-shelve library materials and work at public service desks. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:     Work in assigned area, including branches as needed. Work is performed primarily in an indoor setting at the Main Library. Normal office exposure to noise, stress and interruptions. Attends and participates in continuing educational programs designed to keep abreast of changes.

RATE: $20.26 per hour to $24.14 per hour in five steps


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest by 5pm on the closing date via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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