BiblioTemps® is an employment service of the Massachusetts Library System that provides experienced library workers for short-term placements in public, academic and special libraries throughout Massachusetts. It operated from 2004 to 2009 as a project of the Central Massachusetts Regional Library System, during which time it placed 200 temps in positions from entry level to management.
The CMRLS Executive Board was challenged to find a way to broaden its income stream and provide a useful member service. The board held a brainstorming session and produced some offbeat ideas before being struck by a library temp staffing service. The name of the service is the inspiration of Kelly Collins, director of the Bolton Public Library.
MLS decided to relaunch BiblioTemps® as a statewide program to provide an important service to member libraries, develop an alternative source of funds to support member services, and help library workers find opportunities to earn income and gain experience.