General Description: 
This is a part-time, para-professional position based at the Leahy Library of the Vermont Historical Society in Barre, Vermont, with responsibility for supporting the administrative functions of a special collections library. The library assistant will report to the Librarian and will work closely with the Assistant Librarian.  This is a part-time position. 

1. Reshelving books.
2. Typing and processing gift acknowledgements.
3. Bibliographic searching in card catalog and Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC).
4. Editing holdings information in Integrated Library System (ILS).
5. Adding new copies of books to ILS and shelf list.
6. Maintaining new book area.
7. Typing lists of books.
8. Preliminary processing of book and manuscript collections.
9. Maintaining informal lists of manuscripts.
10. Checking general VHS email and forwarding it to proper staff members.
11. Answering telephone when other staff members or volunteers are busy.
12. Paging items from vault when other staff members are busy.

Work Schedule and Benefits: 
This position is budgeted at 4 hours/day, two days per week, plus 7 hours on the second Saturday of each month.
Ideal work schedule is 8:30-12:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays and 8:30-4:00 on the second Saturday of each month, but schedule can be negotiated.
Additional hours may be available to cover staffing of the library during lunch breaks, meetings, and vacations.
Includes paid sick leave, pro-rated vacation time, and pro-rated paid holidays; does not include health insurance or other benefits.
Wage is $11.06/hour (State of Vermont Grade 8, Step 1).  This is not a State of Vermont job.

Environmental Factors:
Duties are performed in a standard office setting.
Workspace is shared with another part-time employee.
May include occasional heavy lifting and staffing at special events outside of normal work hours.

Operating knowledge of Microsoft Word and Outlook required.
Attention to detail, ability to follow instructions, and ability to work independently required.
Knowledge of Dewey Decimal Classification system desirable.
Prior experience working in library or office setting beneficial.
Ability to use online public access catalog and card catalog useful.
Ability to learn new computer systems desirable.
Interest in mission of Vermont Historical Society desirable.

Please submit an email outlining your qualifications for the job and an attached resume to:
Paul Carnahan, Librarian at .
Review of applications will start July 30, 2018; applications accepted until position filled.

Thanks for your interest! 

Job seekers: please do check back from time to time − or if you can't get enough Vermont history, please consider becoming a volunteer and sharing your love of this great state and our heritage!


We welcome people who can help us share and preserve Vermont history—and we love our volunteers! If you would like to volunteer, please contact Diane Campbell at (802) 479-8503 or We always need help with greeting people at our Vermont History Museum in Montpelier or the Vermont History Center in Barre. You can also be a guide for student groups at either location. Some volunteers are a whiz at preparing mailings and others prefer assisting in the library. Let us know how you can help!