Job Opening – Advisor – Small Public Library Services (full time)

About this Position

The Massachusetts Library System (MLS), a state-funded not-for-profit, is seeking an enthusiastic big-picture individual who is passionate about small libraries for the position of Advisor – Small Public Library Services (full time).

The Advisor for small public library service plans and implements continuing education and other activities responding to the needs of MLS members and to trends in the field. The successful candidate will act as thought leader among MLS constituencies, provide advisory services in their area of expertise, and plan and implement continuing education for MLS members.

For additional information, including a complete list of responsibilities and qualifications, as well as how to apply, please review the complete job posting.

Applications are due by Friday, February 14, 2014 and should be sent via e-mail only in Word or PDF format to Carolyn Noah at  Applications should include a cover letter, resume, 3 references and a writing sample. Be sure to include Advisor – Small Public Library Services in the subject line.


 The Advisor for small public library service plans and implements continuing education and other activities responding to the needs of MLS members and to trends in the field. Acts as thought leader among MLS constituencies. Contracts for professional expertise, meeting sites, and service delivery for events as needed. Responds to requests for advisory services in person, by telephone, email and social media. Represents MLS to partner organizations as assigned. Stays current in areas of expertise.  Other duties as assigned.
 Reports to Assistant Director.  Works with members, staff, committees, representatives of partnering organizations, and vendors/contractors.


  •  Acts as member liaison to small public libraries.     
o   Is the point of contact identified in MLS documents and website for the appropriate library type. Makes new member/new librarian visits to appropriate library type.
 o    Seeks opportunities for programming independently or in partnership with a professional organization (for example, the MA Library Association).
 o   Identifies opportunities for advisory referral. 
  •  Assists libraries with strategic planning processes.
  • Plans and implements continuing education for members in areas of expertise. 
  • Responds to member requests for advisory services.
  • Contributes to MLS web site and social media outlets.
Advisory expertise and continuing education responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Basic Library Techniques series in administration, cataloging, reference, and collection development
Board relations, training, hiring a director, policies, and assistance with questions and problems
Introduction of emerging trends and support for traditional services
Customer service
Grant ideas, applications, management and reportingLibrary and service management
Orientations to MLS services for new library directors
Strategic and space planning
Fostering networking among libraries to further collaboration
Helping small libraries to take full advantage of MLS resources and services


·       Master of Library Science degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association
·       Five years of professional (post-graduate degree) library work in public libraries, including a period of supervisory experience
·       Broad knowledge of public library services, emerging tools and technologies, and management techniques, especially as they apply to areas of expertise
·       Ability to train and consult with others on these topics as needed
·       Ability to interact favorably and to communicate effectively, in speech and writing
·       Strong customer service orientation
·       Ability to initiate, organize and work independently.
·       Ability to work collaboratively with other MLS and MBLC staff
·       Ability to adopt a variety of technologies to provide online learning

Position Requirements

This position requires moderate physical effort including typical office and computer functions as well as transport of work-related equipment to meeting and training sites.
Will preferably work from the western MA office and will commute throughout the state.  May have the option of working from home in consultation with the Supervisor. MLS telecommuters must meet connectivity and equipment standards and adhere to MLS guidelines for telecommuters.
Must possess a Motor Vehicle Operator’s License valid for use in Massachusetts, provide the means of transportation to fulfill job duties throughout Massachusetts and attend relevant meetings.
Candidates must be eligible for permanent employment in the United States, and appointments are subject to a criminal background check.



This is a salaried position and is exempt from the wage and overtime provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act.
Salary Range:  $60,000 – $80,000, depending on qualifications.
MLS staff members receive a benefits package including health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance and a TIAA-CREF retirement plan.  (MLS does not belong to the state retirement fund.)
 The Massachusetts Library System, Inc. is a state-funded not-for-profit corporation governed by its member libraries with offices in Marlborough & Whately, Massachusetts.
 MLS is an equal opportunity employer.
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