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Head of Adult Services/Reference, Coventry Public Library (Coventry, RI)

Coventry Public Library seeks a dynamic, enthusiastic, and innovative individual to head our Adult Services/Reference department and to become a vital part of the library’s administrative team. The candidate must have a strong sense of community service, excellent technology skills including all aspects of social media, and supervisory and budgetary experience. The successful candidate should have a proven record of planning and implementing programming for adults/families, reference work, and collection development. A working knowledge of Sierra is highly desirable. This is a 35 hour/week salaried position with one evening required.



Master’s Degree in Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.
Three to Five years of public library experience, including supervisory experience.


Provides exemplary customer service, readers advisory, computer troubleshooting and other assistance to the public.
Stays informed about emerging library trends, new and current technologies and popular culture trends. Participates in professional development opportunities.
Participates in hiring extraordinary staff for the Adult Services department.
Responsible for supervising, scheduling and evaluating adult services staff.
Supports staff and resolves customer complaints and concerns as needed. Serves as an example and teaches staff to provide exemplary customer service.
Oversees and assists in collection development, selection and weeding of materials for adults and reference, ensuring that the library has a collection of materials which reflects the interests of our community.
Oversees maintenance of displays in the library’s main area.
Represents the library at regional, state and other cooperative meetings concerning adult and information services such as OSL Reference Working Group and OLIS Adult Services Round Table.
Serves as the OLIS-LORI Interlibrary Loan Contact
May act as Person in Charge of the Library in the absence of the Library Director and Assistant Director.
Knowledge of current technological applications for information access. Ability to utilize web-based and subscription databases. Ability to troubleshoot computers, printers, e-readers and other technological devices. Knowledge of ebooks, ereaders, Microsoft Office and Google applications.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




46,788 with full benefits

Closing Date

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume with at least three references to  Applications accepted until position is filled.


2019-09-25 |  Quick link to this job