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Teen & Adult Services Librarian, Community Libraries of Providence (Providence, RI)

Teen & Adult Services Librarian (L-2)

Community Libraries of Providence – Olneyville

Salary $24.70 per hour*

*Plus 2.5% differential for acting in a lead role for multiple days per week).

Hours:  Full-time, 37.50 hours per week w/Benefits

Posted:  November 7, 2022

Deadline:  Applications accepted until the position is filled.

Community Libraries of Providence is seeking to hire an enthusiastic and engaged Teen & Adult Services Librarian to provide library services to youth ages 11 and up, their families, middle/high school educators at schools and community-based partners, and adults.  They will work under the joint supervision of Knight Memorial's Systems Coordinator and the Youth Services Coordinator.

Position Description:

The Teen & Adult Services Librarian provides programs and services for teens and adults and contributes to system-wide or other innovative initiatives, which go beyond the delivery of expected services, as well as serving as the lead in the library when the Supervisor is off-site.  

The Teen & Adult Services Librarian develops and implements programs that foster literacy, academic success, use of technology, work/career advancement, social connection, and connected learning. A primary focus will be working with FabX to recruit youth participants, community-based artists/educators, and volunteers to ensure the success and continuous growth of the PVD Young Makers program. The Teen & Adult Services Librarian will be proficient in the basic use of all maker space equipment and may lead some programming and/or facilitate open studio time for teens and adults. 

Successful performance requires strong interpersonal skills, cultural sensitivity, and a desire to create an open and inclusive library space for diverse users. The Teen & Adult Services Librarian is responsible for creating and maintaining the Teen and Adult Services area and collection with an open, inviting atmosphere for library users.  

Essential Job Functions:

·  Plans, develops and implements teen and adult services for their library.

·  Delivers successful customer service by responding to the library needs of patrons promptly and attentively.

·  Instructs teens in the use of the library, in conducting basic library research projects, and in information literacy.

·  Locates information to answer questions posed by teens and adults. 

·  Reviews, selects, and maintains the collection of teen and adult materials. 

·  Coordinates and leads out of school activities including the Summer Reading Program, homework help, PVD Young Makers, and other opportunities.

·  Collects, maintains and analyzes library statistics.

·  Meets with individuals, community groups, and schools to promote use of the library.

·  Orients and trains college work-study students, summer helpers, and volunteers in direct service to youth and adults.

·  Works with other CLPVD staff and administrators to plan and develop library service for teens and adults.

·  Builds a successful collaborative relationship with the Youth Services Specialist and Latino Programs Manager to offer a comprehensive slate of programs and services in English and Spanish.

·  Is cognizant of patron needs and advocates for services that respond to their needs. 

·  Provides adult reference and leads adult programs.

·  Assists with circulation services and children’s services as necessary.

·  Maintains professional growth and development through seminars, workshops, and professional affiliations and other means to keep abreast of current and emerging trends. 

·  Collaborates with other staff and safety ambassador to promote positive behaviors, to maintain order, and to create a welcoming library environment.  

·  Contributes to program evaluation efforts.

·  Provides coverage in other libraries as required.

·   Serves as the Lead when the Supervisor is off-site: manages patron behavior challenges; facilities needs; security; and other situations requiring immediate attention.

·   Coordinates and manages scheduling, outside presenters and collaborators, and volunteers/interns when the Supervisor is out for any reason.

·   Joins and contributes to system-wide or statewide committees and initiatives, representing CLPVD.

 Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

·  Clear understanding of the mission, vision, and brand promise of Community Libraries of Providence. 

·  Knowledge of diverse teen and adult literature; ability to develop a collection catering to community needs and interests.

·  Ability to plan, implement, and follow through on independent projects, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Community Libraries.

·  Listens to patron needs and shows flexibility and willingness to experiment with new ideas to meet the needs of the community.

·  Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, community organizations, and the public.

·  Strong desire to work in a team environment and to collaborate inside/outside the library.

·  Ability to teach design thinking and support individualized learning. 

·  Motivated to develop programs and opportunities for teens and adults of diverse educational, economic, and cultural backgrounds.

·  Excellent verbal and written skills.

·  Comfortable working with various technology (i.e., Microsoft programs, Google Docs/Drive).

·  Bilingual in English/Spanish a plus.

 Additional Requirements:

·  Willing to travel between library locations, schools, and community-based organizations to provide coverage, collaborate on programming, or to do outreach.

Experience and Training

MLS degree from an ALA accredited institution with documented coursework in teen librarianship and/or experience working with teens.  

Send resume, cover letter and three references to:  

Maria Melvin, HR Manager,, (401) 467-2700 x.1606.

EEOC Statement:

Community Libraries of Providence is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, protected veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. 


Experience and Training

MLS degree from an ALA accredited institution with documented coursework in teen librarianship and/or experience working with teens.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$49,374.00  / year

Closing Date

How to Apply

Send resume, cover letter and three references to:  

Maria Melvin, HR Manager,, (401) 467-2700 x.1606.


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