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Bet You Didn’t Know! BiblioTemps® Curiosities

BiblioTemps® was started in 2004 by the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System (CMRLS), which made 189 placements in 74 client libraries in the five years it operated the service. BiblioTemps® was discontinued in the merger of the six regional library systems into MLS and was relaunched as an MLS service in May 2012.

From 2012 to 2017, BiblioTemps® has helped 89 libraries by successfully filling over 290 placements. Our client libraries consist of 63% public, 25% academic and 12% special or school libraries. We have filled 15 Interim Director placements, 70 Reference Librarian roles, 14 jobs in the Children’s department and 130 positions in Circulation and much more.

We have filled some specialized roles that you may not have expected which include Business Office Assistant, Local Music Collection Cataloger, MakerLab Coordinator, and Library & Technology Services Specialist. The shortest temporary role was for one day and the longest was a position started in April 2014 and is ongoing as of November 2017.

Surprised? Call BiblioTemps® today to see what we can do for your library. BiblioTemps® is the Staffing Solutions for Libraries! Contact Shelah Coullard at 508-357-2121 ext 322 or







Bibliotemps® Now Has Temp to Perm Positions Available!

Bibliotemps® can now provide you with permanent positions as well as temporary ones. Our new “Temp to Perm” services offer a wider range of prospects for busy Library Directors who have staffing issues and those looking for full time employment. We will do the work of advertising, recruiting, interviewing, and background checks. Hire only when you are confident there is a synergistic fit between your library and the candidate. It’s a Win/Win situation! Bibliotemps has a reputation for providing high quality temporary employees, so the next time you need to hire someone or find a new career in library services – think Bibliotemps®!

To apply to our candidate pool, click here!


New Interview Dates Added


BiblioTemps®, a service of the Massachusetts Library System, has added more interviews throughout January! We seek people with library experience to fill short-term assignments at libraries throughout Massachusetts in areas including (but not limit to) circulation, reference, children and youth services, management, cataloging and archives. Assignments may range from one day substitutions to multi-month interim placements.

Good candidates for BiblioTemps® include:

  • Experienced professional librarians
  • Library school students or new graduates
  • Experienced paralibrarians
  • General staff with library work experience
  • Unemployed or underemployed library workers
  • Part-time workers in need of additional hours
  • Recent retirees

Screening interviews are the best way for us to get to know more about you, your background, and your interests. They are also an opportunity for you to learn more about BiblioTemps and complete the paperwork necessary to add you to our pool of temps actively eligible for placement.

If you would like to be considered for a screening interview at one of the sessions listed below, please reply to this message with the location(s) you prefer and your availability on that day.  I will notify those selected for screening interviews a week in advance of the interview date and confirmed time.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 10:00am – 3:15pm, Cambridge Public Library-Beech Room, Cambridge, MA


Thursday, January 8, 2014, 10:00 am – 3:15 pm, MLS Marlborough Office, Marlborough, MA


Friday, January 9, 2014, 10:00am – 3:15pm, MLS Office, Whately, MA

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Free webinar with publisher! 12/13/13

Naomi House, publisher, editor, and founder of the popular webzine and jobs list (I need a library job), will present:

Mining Massachusetts: a toolkit for librarian/info pro job seekers and their employers

Finding the right job is much like finding the right employee for your position, but when faced with either of these daunting tasks, it can be easy to forget that both sides are on the same team.  And when you are on the same team, you strategize differently.  Naomi will share strategies for both job-seekers and employers, so whether you’re looking for tips about how to answer a job ad or how to write one, this session is for you!

Once you have a better understanding of where you stand, Naomi will also share a toolkit filled with Massachusetts-focused job hunting online resources, as well as national sites everyone should follow, because you can’t begin to mine if you don’t know where to mine.

This free Massachusetts Library System webinar will take place on Friday 12/13/13 from 1-2pm.  Register online!

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Landing Your Ideal Library Job — ALA webinar 1/10/13!

Library jobseekers, don’t miss this free webinar from ALA!  The next episode of the new American Libraries Live video blog will feature David Connolly, who manages the ALA Joblist, talking with a virtual panel of participants about navigating the library job market. For a quick preview, check out the video below. To view the entire webcast, visit AL Live at 2pm EST on January 10, 2013 at


“Why Temporary Work Is Worth It”

Forbes blogger Kerry Hannon describes the benefits of working a temporary assignment, including networking, skill-building, and an injection of new energy into your career.