Employment Opportunities

Library Assistant

Immediate opening, full time

Founded in 1812, the American Antiquarian Society is a learned society that supports a preeminent national research library specializing in American history, life, and culture from settlement through the year 1876. The library serves a world-wide community of scholars. The Society is committed to maintaining a level of outstanding reference service to its readers and other library constituents that has been our hallmark for decades.

Under the direction of the Digitizing Coordinator, the assistant will perform a variety of duties in support of the digitization projects which primary focus is scanning and photographing of AAS collections. The assistant will also provide support to the Readers’ Services Department.

The assistant is a support role in the departments of Digitizing and Readers’ Services. The assistant is responsible for
1) paging and re-shelving collection materials in the stacks and elsewhere
2) ensuring proper handling of collection materials
3) acting as liaison for scanners in absence of Coordinator
4) assist in Readers’ Services with reference, patron requests, paging and re-shelving
5) other related duties as needed

Applicants should have excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills. Academic background in American history and/or experience working in a library desired.

EDUCATION: College degree or equivalent work experience required


Ability to read, write, speak, and understand the English language
Good verbal communication skills needed to communicate with colleagues, supervisor, and vendors

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Must be able to lift, carry, push, pull and move large items, up to 30 lbs. , as well as able to reach above one’s head and below one’s knees. Must be able to use and stand on step ladder. Must be able to sit, stand or walk for extended periods. Long periods of physical activity.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Multi-person areas, environmentally controlled–cool; artificial light; exposure to dust, old materials; close proximity to scanning/photography equipment

COMPENSATION: This is a non-exempt full time, 35 hour week position, $16.49 per hour. Benefits include paid vacation, sick and personal time, health insurance, retirement, life and disability insurance, and professional development.

To apply: Submit a letter of application, resume and three non-relative references electronically to cmackey@mwa.org with “Library Assistant” in the subject line. The American Antiquarian Society is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.


Common-place Editor

Common-place, the online quarterly magazine of early American history and culture hosted at the American Antiquarian Society, is seeking a new editor or editors to guide this unique online resource of accessible, lively scholarship. The editor(s) of Common-place should have a record of writing and scholarly activity in a field consistent with the purview of Common-place (pre-1900 American history, literature, and culture as well as a Ph.D. or equivalent).
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General Employment Information

Carol-Ann Mackey
Director of Human Resources
American Antiquarian Society
185 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
(508) 471-2164
Email: cmackey@mwa.org

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