Approximate date of posting May 31, 2018
Position: Summer Library Assistant-
Eligibility Completion of some coursework in Library and Information Science, American history, American studies, public history, or an archives program strongly preferred; The ideal candidate would have a flexible schedule including Saturday availability.
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Company/Organization Massachusetts Historical Society-T he MHS is an independent research library that collects, preserves, and makes accessible manuscripts and other materials that promote the study of the history of our nation—a mission that has remained constant since 1791. The MHS holds more than 3,600 manuscript collections, as well as extensive collections of early American imprints, newspapers, maps, printed ephemera, photographs, engravings, and other research materials.
Schedule/Hours up to 21 hours per week
Time Frame June 18th through September 1st with the possibility of extension
Description: The library assistant works as part of the reference team and reports to the Reference Librarian. Duties include staffing the library reception area, answering telephone and email reference queries, monitoring the reading room, paging materials, and assisting the reference staff with various library tasks. The library assistant greets, authorizes, and directs all researchers entering the library; explains MHS library policies and procedures; and directs incoming telephone calls for the MHS as a whole. The majority of the library assistant’s time is spent interacting directly with the public. This position is essential in promoting the Society’s public image and in maintaining the security of the collections.
All library assistants are cross-trained on visitor services functions and may be called on to cover the Society’s reception desk.
How to Apply: Please send an application by email (preferred) or postal mail, including a cover letter, brief resume, and list of three references to Dan Hinchen, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Massachusetts Historical Society, 1154 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02215
Deadline: 5PM on Friday, 8 June 2018,