Acting Library Director

The Ashby Free Public Library Board of Trustees is hiring a part-time Acting Library Director to keep Ashby’s library running smoothly while a search for a permanent, part-time Director is conducted. 

The Town of Ashby is located in North Central Massachusetts, along the New Hampshire border, approximately one hour northwest of Boston.  With roughly 3,200 residents, the town is rural in nature, with small farms and businesses sprinkled about, and ample outdoor recreational opportunities in and around the town, including Willard Brook State Park and Mount Watatic State Reservation.  Ashby’s Public Library is located in a beautiful historic building in the center of town, across from the Town Common.

We are searching for a welcoming individual with excellent customer-service skills.  This professional Librarian will provide children and adult services, while supervising the staff, volunteers, programs, and operations of the library.

Applicant requirements:  Must have a working knowledge of modern library policies, procedures, methods and practices.  Must be thoroughly familiar with basic reference sources and research techniques, including database and online reference sources, internet, computer applications, and the CWMARS Library circulation system.  Must be comfortable with MS Word and MS Excel. The ideal candidate should have public library and supervisory experience, be energetic, self-motivated, and able to simultaneously manage multiple tasks with only general supervision.  Minimum education requirement is a BS/BA degree.  Completion of the four-course Library Director training from MBLC is a plus.

The Acting Library Director will report to the Board of Trustees.  This part-time position is 19 – 25 hours per week, including 2 evenings and 4 hours on Saturday. Compensation is $19-21 per hour, commensurate with experience.  A partial benefits package may be available.  The expected tenure for the position is 3-6 months.

TO APPLY: Applicants should forward a cover letter and resume to:  AFPL Board of Trustees, 895 Main St, Ashby, MA 01431 or via email to  References will be requested prior to a second interview.

Library Page Job Available

  • 3-7 Hours per week
  • Wednesday 5-8pm and every other Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • If currently attending school, must be a student in good standing
  • Preference is given to those who have previously volunteered at the library and are Ashby residents.
  • Must have experience with Microsoft programs.
  • Duties include shelving materials, assisting with programs, helping close and/or open the libary, housekeeping, and other duties as assigned.
  • Pick up an application at the circulation desk. Applications must be received by May 22, 2019