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Head Reference Librarian, Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, (Burillville, RI)

The Town of Burrillville, a community located in northwest Rhode Island, is seeking applicants for the position of Head Reference Librarian. The opening is at the Jesse M. Smith Memorial Library, a 24,900 square foot facility, located in the village of Harrisville. This is a department head position, and involves planning, implementing and supervising all reference and adult programming services. Individual must be self-motivated and able to work independently with minimum supervision, and be capable of supervising staff and volunteers. This position reports to the Assistant Director. This is a full time position (35 hours per week) with some nights and weekends required. 

Salary Range: $56,000 – $60,000 (depending on qualifications) plus excellent benefits

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master of Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Previous library experience preferred.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Exemplary customer service skills.  Comfortable working with the public in busy situations.
  • Organization skills and attention to detail.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Excellent computer skills required.  Koha experience preferred, but not required.  Must be familiar with trends in technology.

How to Apply

Please submit a completed Town of Burrillville application for employment, cover letter, resume and 3 professional references to:

Paul A. MacDonald

Chair, Personnel Board

105 Harrisville Main Street

Harrisville, RI 02830

Phone: (401) 568-4300 ext. 145

Fax: (401) 568-0490

[email protected]

Review of applicants will begin July 29, 2024 and the position will remain open until filled.

Town employment applications can be found at:

The Town of Burrillville is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  The Town prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment because of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, political or religious affiliation, or physical or mental disability.