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                    62 Arlington Street

          Dracut, MA 01826

Adult Reference / Electronic Resources Librarian


Job Description


Job Title: Adult Reference / Electronic Resources Librarian

Department:  M. G. Parker Memorial Library

Supervisor: Library Director

Union Status: SEIU Union

Salary: $44,189.60 – $62,881.00

Grade: 10   Steps: 1-10

FLSA: Non-Exempt


Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Adult Reference/Electronic Resources Librarian is responsible for providing reference and readers’ advisory services to library patrons, assisting with print and electronic collection development, and other related work as required.

Essential Functions:

The essential functions or duties listed below are illustrations of the type of work performed.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.


  • Provide reference assistance and readers’ advisory services to patrons, using print and electronic resources and databases, and other outside resources; provide instruction to patrons in the use of on-line catalog and databases; conduct workshops on various topics relating to use of library resources; prepare bibliographies and book lists.
  • Assist the Library Director and the Assistant Director/Head of Reference with report preparation and provide training to new staff.
  • Maintains and develops the Library’s website, including its content and design. WordPress experience preferred.
  • Maintains and develops the Library’s presence on other social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc.
  • Maintain current knowledge in the library field and computer technology by attending professional conferences and workshops and regular review of professional literature.
  • Organize exhibits and displays.
  • Functions as the Library’s primary technology troubleshooter. Diagnoses problems and resolves or escalates issue to next tier as appropriate. Monitors use of computers and ensure safety by monitoring patron activities, building conditions and equipment.
  • Develops and conducts e-materials training programs for Library staff and patrons.
  • Keeps staff informed on e-materials and technology issues.
  • Works with a variety of other electronic equipment, such as scanners, copiers, digital cameras, projectors, laptops, tablets, smart phones, e-readers.
  • Responsible for Long-Range Technology Plan of the Library department, overseeing long-range planning for technological development.
  • Responsible for maintaining technology inventory.
  • Oversees Library’s online database licenses, subscriptions and other electronic services and works with the associated vendors.
  • Compiles usage reports and statistics.
  • Recommends specifications and assists in soliciting quotations for computer products and systems.
  • Keeps abreast of technology developments such as changing formats for the delivery of information and their potential impact on library service. Evaluates possible e-materials, equipment, and software that support the Library’s mission and operation and recommends to the Library Director. Provides input to the Library Director on technology-related budget items.
  • Works closely with town and consortium IT departments.
  • Periodically responsible for opening and closing the building and ensuring security of the building and equipment.
  • Assume additional responsibilities in the absence of other staff.
  • Perform other similar or related duties, as required or as situation dictates.
  • Familiarity with, and expertise in, Genealogy desirable.



Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited graduate program required, and a minimum of three (3) years of experience working in a public library; or any combination of experience and education.


Knowledge, Ability & Skill:

  • Thorough understanding of library theories and practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply professional library practices with an emphasis on reference, administration, and inter-library loan procedures.
  • Familiarity with basic reference resources and a general knowledge of human civilization and literature to facilitate reference and inter-library loan work and selection duties.
  • Ability to interact with and assist patrons with the use of the library facility, services, and technology in a professional and courteous manner.
  • Ability to maintain strict patron confidentiality, knowledge of ethics as applicable to library service, familiarity with AAL Code of Ethics, Library Bill of Rights, and Freedom to Read statements. Remains current on other ALA actions and recommendations.
  • Familiarity with recent advancements in library automation systems.
  • Highly proficient with Microsoft Office and Windows 10.
  • Prior experience with PC imaging software such as Faronics Deep Freeze Software.
  • Familiarity with performing basic network troubleshooting.
  • Ability to learn new computer applications and applications.
  • Ability to exercise tact, initiative, independent judgment and confidentiality consistent with library policies.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with staff as well as a positive support/service attitude with the public
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person, in writing, and on the telephone.
  • Ability to multi-task.
  • Participates in professional organizations by attending conferences, committee meetings, and continuing education classes to develop job-related competencies and to keep apprised of changes in the library field.

Work Environment:

  • Full-time, 35 hours per week position. Hours may vary to include various weekend and evening shifts.
  • Work is performed in office conditions.  The workload varies according to administrative deadlines and seasonal requirements.
  • The employee operates standard office equipment, i.e. computer, photocopier, fax, printer, mail machine, telephone, etc.
  • Errors could result in delay or loss of services, legal repercussions and monetary loss.


Physical Demands:


The physical demands listed here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; climb and/or balance; talk; and hear.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 lbs.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.


This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

The Town of Dracut requires a CORI, physical exam and drug screen post offer.





The Town of Dracut is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer


Adult Reference / Electronic Resources Librarian

M.G. Parker Memorial Library


The Town of Dracut seeks qualified applicants to save as Adult Reference/Electronic Resources Librarian at the M.G. Parker Memorial Library.  This is a full-time Union position, 35 hours per week, with benefits.  Salary range is $44,189 – $62,881.  The Town of Dracut requires a physical exam, drug screen and CORI check post-offer.  A complete job description and employment application can be obtained at  Qualified individuals should send a completed application, resume and cover letter to Christine Lindberg, Director of Human Resources, 62 Arlington St., Dracut, MA 01826  EOE/AA

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