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Young Adult Librarian (Part-Time), Newport, RI



Reference Services

  • Provides Readers’ Advisory and reference services to all patrons, as required.
  • Compiles bibliographies and instructional materials to meet the needs of young adults.
  • Provides instruction to groups and individuals, both formally and informally, regarding the use of library materials and services, including use of electronic resources and the public access catalog.
  • Provides technical assistance to patrons using electronic resources in the library including printing, monitoring PCs, troubleshooting, database use, mobile printing, e-books, e-audios, etc.


  • Strives to create a safe, comfortable and welcoming environment for all library users.
  • Supervises young adult patrons in the library, enforces library behavior policies and encourages input and use of young adult facilities.
  • Is familiar with young adult users of the library and establishes good rapport.
  • Cooperates with library staff in handling young adult disciplinary procedures.


  • Communicates with young adults and promotes the library and Young Adult Department on social media, including posting on the library’s Facebook, TikTok and Instagram pages.
  • Cooperates with the Young Adult Librarian in planning and implementing technology related programs for young adults.


  • Assists in the maintenance, selection and weeding of materials for young adults.
  • Assists in the processing and promotion of Young Adult materials, periodicals and updating records.

Programming and Publicity

  • Cooperates in planning tours, publicizing and presenting programs for young adults including the summer reading program
  • Assists with displays and exhibits in the library relevant to young adults


  • Assists in providing visits to the public and private middle and high schools as needed.
  • Acts as a community liaison to organizations serving teens and to homeschooling families.

Staff Development

  • Develops and maintains professional and personal skills by keeping up with current trends in library science with a special attention to youth services.
  • Attends Young Adult Round Table sessions when appropriate.
  • Serves on the library’s internal committees as relevant and attends monthly staff meetings.

Essential Functions

  • Exercises sufficient judgement to perform the job.
  • Collaborates effectively with the Young Adult Librarian and thrives in a team-focused environment.
  • Communicates easily and effectively in group and individual situations using oral and written communication skills.
  • Performs the job in a reasonable time and in a manner which achieves reasonable performance and quality standards.
  • Possesses excellent computer skills and the ability to learn new applications.
  • Exhibits flexibility and willingness to work in a dynamic, busy and changing environment.
  • Excels in time management, is punctual and is a visible presence in the Young Adult Department.
  • Is available to work evenings and weekends with some variations as needed.
  • Maintains a valid driver’s license and the ability to travel in-state due to outreach and continuing education meetings.

Organizational Relationships

  • Reports to the Head of Youth Services.
  • Works closely and communicates effectively with the other Young Adult Librarian.
  • Cooperates with other departments with regard to provision of services to all patrons, with special responsibility to young adults.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA accredited program in Library Science preferred. GSLIS students are encouraged to apply.
  • Experience in young adult services preferred.

How to Apply:

For the full job description, please visit: Employment Opportunities – Newport Public Library (

Please send a letter of interest, resume and three professional references to [email protected]. This position will be open until filled.