Local History Librarian/Archivist

The Watertown Free Public Library is a busy, mid-sized library serving over 36,000 patrons a month. Nestled in the oldest part of our renovated building is the Local History Room, home to thousands of volumes of Watertown history. This collection contains books by local authors, genealogies, town records, histories, and various primary sources and ephemera.

We are in search of a part-time librarian who specializes in local history or archives who will, under the supervision of the Library Director, continue to organize, preserve, and make this historical library collection discoverable today and in the future.

Primary Duties

  • Accession, arrange, describe, classify or reclassify, and house or re-house manuscript collections, photographs, maps, documents, and other material
  • Create comprehensive cataloging information – either directly in our ILS (Sierra) or on cataloging workforms.
  • Implement basic preservation and conservation methods according to current standards
  • Make long term recommendations for preservation, conservation, and access
  • Other duties as assigned

To be considered for this job you must have:

  • MLS/MLIS with an educational concentration in archives or history, or experience working independently or as a team leader in archives.
  • 1 year experience using proper archival preservation practices, current archival descriptive practices and standards
  • 1 year experience cataloging and classifying historical collections or archives
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

This part time, temporary (July 1, 2019- June 30, 2020) position is 17 hours a week with flexible scheduling. The hourly rate is $30.00 and does not include benefits.

To apply for the position please email cover letter, resume, and list of 3 references as one PDF to Caitlin Browne, Assistant Director, at cbrowne@watertown-ma.gov. The position is open until filled. The successful candidate will ideally start in mid-late August.