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Library Assistant III, Archives & Special Collections, Bridgewater State University, Bridgewater, MA

Job Description

The Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University seeks a new Library Assistant III for Archives and Special Collections. Library Services is dedicated to meeting the needs of its communities, to updating its service models as pedagogies and librarianship evolve, to renewing the knowledge and skills of librarians and staff as practices change, to deploying new technologies to improve interactions with library users and to enhance user experiences. Successful candidates will be staff members who can work with their colleagues to help meet the mission of the department in serving and supporting our diverse campus community.


  • Process collections using local and national archival standards.
  • In consultation with supervisor, plan and install exhibitions.
  • In consultation with supervisor, assist with archival outreach efforts, including but not limited to creating flyers, brochures, and announcements.
  • Assist customers with using a variety of discovery tools, including but not limited to library catalog, finding aids, digital repositories, and other resources.
  • Assist with digital asset initiatives.
  • Hold, handle, and transport fragile material properly.
  • Provide general library and reference assistance in person, electronically, and by telephone.
  • Oversee researchers in the Reading Room to ensure the safety and security of the materials in use.
  • Refile, re-shelve, and as directed arrange Archives and Special Collections materials.
  • Gather, organize, and prepare monthly use and service statistics.
  • Assist with training, supervising, and evaluating student workers.
  • Attend workshops, seminars, and other educational opportunities to enhance job knowledge.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Head of Archives and Special Collections.



  • Applicants must have at least two years of full-time or equivalent part-time, paraprofessional experience as a library assistant or in a comparable position in the archives field.
  • Excellent interpersonal and written communication skills; the ability to communicate effectively and prepare reports.
  • Ability to understand complex instructions, to act responsibly, to ask questions when in doubt, and to exercise judgment when appropriate.
  • Strong customer service orientation.
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, to bend, stoop, reach, push book carts, and lift boxes up to 40 lbs.
  • Self-motivated and able to work under minimal supervision at times.


  • Experience working in an archival setting.
  • Familiarity with performing patron driven research.
  • Knowledge/awareness of modern digital archival platforms used for collection metadata and/or digital storage.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.

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