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Teen & Adult Services Librarian (L-2), Community Libraries of Providence, Olneyville, RI


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.

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.  

Salary $25.79 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 3, 2022

Deadline:  Applications accepted until the position is filled.


  • 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.


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

How to Apply:

Send resume, cover letter and three references to:  Maria Melvin, HR Manager,, (401) 467-2700 x.1606.