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Cranston Public Library, Librarian I, Cranston, RI


The Cranston Public Library is seeking an extraordinary candidate for the position of Librarian I: Youth
Services Librarian at the busy neighborhood Auburn branch library.

Under the general supervision of the Coordinator of Youth Services, with advice, guidance and direction
from the Branch Librarian, is responsible for youth services in the branch library, with opportunities to
contribute to youth services system-wide. This is a 35 hour per week union position with some nights and
weekends required.

The Cranston Public Library (CPL) system consists of a Central library with five branch locations. CPL
serves a population of 83,000 residents and is one of the busiest public libraries in Rhode Island. CPL is
an award winning nationally recognized library having received the 2020 Jerry Kline Community Impact
Prize, 2016 LibraryAware Community Award and in 2015 was named Library of the Year by the
University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. CPL is a member of the
Ocean State Libraries (OSL) consortium. For more information on our library please visit:

The Cranston Public Library is committed to creating and maintaining a staff that gives open expression
to the Library’s organizational values and brings a rich diversity of peoples and talents to the
accomplishment of the Library’s Mission.

The Cranston Public Library is an equal opportunity employer. The Library is committed to a policy of
non-discrimination and equal employment opportunity to all qualified applicants and employees
regardless of race or color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, age,
country of ancestral origin, or other protected class status.


$49,121.81; $51,064.53 after six-month probationary period. Full benefits package including vacation, sick time, dental insurance, health insurance, life insurance and retirement plan.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.
  • One year of experience in public library youth services preferred
  • Ability to travel to required locations in a timely manner.

Essential Job Functions:

  • Provides exemplary customer service.
  • Builds, manages and promotes extraordinary collections for children, teens and families.
  • Develops a plan of service for young people and related populations in the neighborhood based on community needs and library goals.
  • Plans, creates, conducts and evaluates innovative youth programs.
  • Develops strong partnerships between the library and other appropriate school and community agencies.
  • Provides assistance directly to library users on the use of library services. Substitutes for professional staff in the library system as needed.
  • Operates, troubleshoots and provides instruction on all library-owned technology.
  • Contributes to the youth services team’s efforts to plan, fund, market, and evaluate system-wide collections and services.
  • Incorporates literacy instruction into programming and services and serves as a community expert on reading promotion and literacy development.
  • Contributes to the library’s social media presence and other marketing and outreach initiatives.
  • Stays informed about professional and community developments affecting the library and librarianship. Participates in continuing education opportunities within and beyond the library system.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Commitment to outstanding public service for youth.
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and tools of library science in general and public library service to youth, in particular.
  • Ability to function as a member of a team to achieve library goals and objectives.
  • Demonstrates a knowledge of and passion for children’s and YA literature.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent public speaking skills.
  • Ability to take initiative in improving existing work techniques and procedures.
  • Ability to push carts and bins loaded with library materials.
  • Ability to reach and retrieve library materials at high and low shelf heights.
  • Experience with integrated library systems.
  • Knowledge of current technological applications for information access. Ability to utilize web-based and subscription databases.
  • Basic skills with Microsoft Office including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Basic skills with Google Office Suite.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies; including social media, tablets and mobile devices.

How to Apply:

Please submit a letter of interest and resume to Edward Garcia, Library Director at [email protected].

Applications received by September 24th will receive first consideration.