Cambridge Public Library Looking For ‘Digital Equity Coordinator’

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Are you a librarian dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion? If so, the city of Cambridge is interested in hiring you.

Cambridge Public Library recently posted a job opportunity for a “Digital Equity Coordinator,” a position that exists “[u]nder the guidance of the Digital Equity Manager,” according to the city’s job description page. 

According to that description, the Digital Equity Coordinator maintains and organizes the library’s diversity programming, including workshops, trainings, and other events.

The job also requires humility.

The coordinator must “Perform all duties with cultural awareness and humility,” the page says, along with “recognition of historic and institutional systems of oppression and their impact, and an active commitment to providing equitable services to marginalized or underserved populations in Cambridge.”

The position pays between $63,437.92 and $79,253.15 annually.

The library’s advertisement states that Cambridge Public Library has at least two equity-related positions, but the library does not list staff positions on its web site, so it’s unclear how many it has in total. A library spokesman did not respond to a NewBostonPost request for comment earlier Monday, June 10.

In addition to having several positions dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion principles, the library infuses those principles into most of its other open jobs, as well.

A “minimum requirement” for a Library Associate Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) position is a “Commitment to doing all work through a lens of diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-­racism.”

The same requirement appears for “Library Assistant” at the Valente Branch, “Library Assistant” at the Central Square Branch, and “Library Clerk” at multiple branches. The minimum hourly pay for all of these jobs is $26.80.

Cambridge Public Library regularly organizes identity-based events on its premises. To start “Pride Month” on Saturday, June 1, the library hosted a drag queen story hour. According to a Boston Globe story appearing on the library’s web site, children sang songs with a drag queen such as “If You’re A Drag Queen And You Know It” and “The Hips of the Drag Queen go swish, swish, swish.”


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