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Literacy Preschool Teacher – Olneyville Library

Salary: $18.00 per hour

Grant funded/hours:  Part-time (three days per week; 12 hours per week, 32 weeks total.)*

Posted: September 3, 2019

Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.

*Please note that this is a grant-funded position.  PCL received funding through United Way of Rhode Island to provide this service.  It will begin September 2019 and end June 2020.  This position is not guaranteed to exist beyond that date.

As part of recently received funding, PCL is seeking an experienced preschool teacher to provide literacy-oriented activities in the Olneyville Library that promote social-emotional and kindergarten readiness skill for children ages 3-5.


Under the oversight of the Olneyville Library Manager, the Literacy Preschool Teacher performs education-based work for preschool-age children (ages 3-5) and their families. Activities will be structured or unstructured, hands-on, developmentally appropriate, and literacy-rich. Activities may also include elements of art, dance, science, and math to help deepen literacy skills learned. This individual will also assist with other preschool-based programming as created by the Olneyville Youth Services Specialist. 

The Literacy Preschool Teacher connects library resources to learning opportunities and promotes the library as a place and space for learning. They work with the project evaluator to engage families in evaluation efforts.

The Literacy Preschool Teacher will also work at the circulation desk, assisting patrons in borrowing, finding, and requesting library resources as well as assist patrons with basic computer questions they may have.  They assist with covering the circulation desk during staff lunch periods.

For a full list of job duties, please see the attached job description at the bottom of this page. 

 32 week work schedule:

Session #1 (11 weeks, includes 1 week of training)

Start Date

End Date

*Monday, September 16

Friday, November 29

* may change to September 23 – December 6, based on date of hire.

Session #2 (10 weeks)

Start Date

End Date

Monday, January 6

Friday, March 13

Session #3 (11 weeks, includes 1 week of helping evaluation efforts)

Start Date

End Date

Monday, March 23

Friday, June 5


Associate’s degree in early childhood education or similar field from an accredited institution of higher learning.   A minimum of one year of experience working in a preschool-based setting.  Knowledge of literacy development in young children ages 3-5.  Knowledge of the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards (RIELDS).  Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, email, navigating World Wide Web). Understanding of how libraries act as hubs of learning (preferred, but not necessary).  Bilingual in English/Spanish required. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. 

Resume and three reference to:

Maria Melvin, HR Manager,, (401) 467-2700 x1606.

Youth Services Librarian L1, Wanskuck

Salary:     $21.21 per hour

Hours:      Full-time 37 ½ hrs. per week w/Benefits

Posted:     August 23, 2019

Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.


Providence Community Library is seeking a Youth Services Librarian L1 with extensive experience in maker-centered learning, to work in a busy, neighborhood library.  Preferred makerspace skills:

  • Proficient in technology, including 3D printers, vinyl cutters, laser cutters, heat presses, sewing machines, coding, and Dash Robots.

  • Experience with digital badging.

  • Experience organizing and maintaining a community based makerspace.

  • Experience mentoring youth in a makerspace and/or leading hands-on, design-based workshops with youth.

The Youth Services Librarian plans and implements a comprehensive program of service especially, emergent literacy, to young library users, and may provide professional support to more than one neighborhood library.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:  organizing and maintaining a community based makerspace, selecting and purchasing library materials aimed at children and youth, planning, developing, coordinating and executing programs designed to serve children from infants to teens; providing reader’s advisory and reference assistance to parents, teachers and caregivers to develop pre-literacy and literacy skills to children; assisting patrons, particularly children and youth, in researching information on a wide variety of subjects, developing relationships and programs for and with local schools, early childcare centers, and other youth-serving organizations in the neighborhood; creating a welcoming environment in the children’s area which provides for enjoyable and productive use of library resources.

Work schedule: includes evenings, work at least 1 Saturday per month, and assisting with coverage at other PCL locations when needed.


MLS from an ALA accredited school.  Experience working as a Youth Services Librarian.  Spanish speaking a plus. 

Send resume, cover letter, and three references to:

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

Library Clerk-2, Floater

Salary:     $13.91 per hr.

Hours:      Full-time 37 ½ hr. per week w/Benefits

Posted:     August 21, 2019

Deadline: Applications accepted until the position is filled.


Check in and check out materials and register borrowers using a computer terminal; shelve books; maintain statistics; other clerical duties or projects as assigned.  Assists with long and short term coverage at all 9 Providence Community Library locations.  This position includes working evening and weekend hours and travel between libraries.

Work Schedule:

The Clerk Floater will temporarily work at Olneyville Mondays through Fridays and alternate Fridays and Saturdays at Rochambeau. 


High school graduate. Library experience preferred.  Excellent public service skills. Spanish speaking preferred.

Resume to:

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


Systems Coordinator (Managing Librarian)

(Called Systems Coordinator at PCL)
Providence Community Library

Annual Salary:  $57,990

Hours:  Full time w/Benefits

Posted: September 13, 2019

Deadline:  External applications accepted until the position is filled.

Empower people and inspire ideas as the next Systems Coordinator* at Providence Community Library. Key opportunities include understanding and tailoring service to compliment the changing needs of Providence’s East side residents; strengthening partnerships and relationships with internal and external customers; supporting and guiding a strong circulation department; exploring new services and programs for PCL.

About Providence Community Library (PCL)

PCL, a private not-for-profit organization, assumed management of Providence's nine neighborhood libraries on July 1, 2009 after the Providence Public Library determined that it lacked the resources to manage all of its branches. In response to Providence Public Library's plan to close its branches and reduce services, a dedicated group of volunteers established PCL and worked with the city of Providence to take control of all nine neighborhood libraries. The doors have remained open for 10 years; PCL continues to grow and provide excellent service to the community. 

Our Community

Providence is a culturally diverse metro area characterized by a distinct New England vibe.  The city boasts a thriving downtown, music and ethnic festivals, an exceptional culinary scene and other activities enjoyed by residents year-round including professional theater and art venues. Work commutes are minimal and housing costs are quite reasonable. Located less than one hour from some of New England’s most beautiful beaches and historic shore communities, Providence is a 40 minute drive from downtown Boston.


Providence Community Library is seeking a Systems Coordinator* who will supervise staff at the Rochambeau library.  They will successfully manage staff, volunteers, security, and work studies.  The position requires creating a professional, team oriented, and productive working environment, as well as an open, inviting atmosphere for library users. They will be responsible for the successful delivery of all library services in the building, including collection maintenance, programming, marketing and outreach, and information and readers advisory.

The Systems Coordinator will be responsible for managing circulation and customer service procedures and policies across the PCL system.  They will consult with staff, update policies and procedures, and research and implement innovations and trends in the areas of circulation and customer service. The Rochambeau Systems Coordinator will work together with other Systems Coordinators and library administrators to synchronize services for the whole of PCL.  

The Systems Coordinator serves on the administration team and is responsible for mentoring, supervising, and supporting all public service staff in all library locations, including, but not limited to, situations requiring an immediate or timely response.


  • Supervises and supports all library staff in their roles; initiates mentoring, professional development, and/or corrective action as needed.  
  • Directs day-to-day workflow of the library staff, including but not limited to librarian(s), clerks(s), specialist(s), and volunteers.  Approves bi-weekly timesheets and schedules temporary staff as needed.
  • Responsible for scheduling and arranging coverage, including planned and short notice absences.
  • Responsible for monitoring and reporting security, maintenance, and custodial issues.  This includes training the security guard on PCL procedures. Maintains close communication with the Facilities Department.
  • Ensures delivery of successful customer service and impactful programs by responding to community needs.
  • Collaborates with community organizations, elected officials, and schools to promote and facilitate their use of the library and to foster strategic partnerships.
  • Markets library collections, programs, services and resources.
  • Collects, maintains and analyzes library statistics.
  • Serves as liaison to the library’s Friends Group.
  • Works with other PCL Systems Coordinators, Library Director, and Chief Operating Officer to analyze, plan, and implement neighborhood library services, library layout and design, and facilities upgrades.
  • Actively supports teamwork. Conducts meetings as needed to keep staff up to date on policies, procedures and other library developments.
  • Reviews effectiveness of library service policies and procedures, recommending updates as needed.
  • Maintains knowledge and professional skills in specialty areas of circulation and customer service.  Regularly communicates relevant information to PCL staff.

*Systems Coordinators at PCL run libraries and a function of library service.


MLS from an ALA accredited program.  Five years of professional library experience which includes supervisory management experience with at least 3 years (or equivalent) in a public library setting.  Bilingual English/Spanish is a plus.

Send resume, cover letter and three references to:  

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