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CURATORIAL ASSISTANT

The Providence Public Library is a private nonprofit public library serving the city and state of Rhode Island.  It is in year one of an ambitious three year Strategic Plan – Think Again!  This vision targets five major audiences, and makes high impact learning the library’s primary focus.  High impact learning is defined as a series of programs that provide a project based, educational and creative experience that incorporates personal interests, technology, library collections, community needs, and when appropriate school curriculums resulting in programs with measurable, quantifiable outcomes.   This position works closely with and under the direct supervision of the library’s Special Collections Librarians, and closely with the Programs & Exhibitions Manager but must follow through without direct supervision on tasks set forth as part of larger library programs and exhibition planning.  The Library is seeking someone with skills that will advance our high impact programming agenda, as well as help design outstanding exhibitions.  The ideal candidate will have strong skills in both special collections and museum quality exhibitions.  However, the library also encourages applications from those with strong skills in one area and lesser complementary skills or relevant experience in the other.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Exhibition Design & Management:

  • Work with Special Collections, RI Collections, General Collections Librarians, and Programs & Exhibitions Manager to develop exhibition themes and choose materials for display, including building custom supports and writing exhibition labels and promotional copy
  • Coordinate materials and artifacts borrowed from other institutions and individuals
  • Collaborate with Digital Producer to create accompanying online exhibitions and social media promotion

Collections & Programs Support:

  • Assist the Special Collections and RI Collections Librarians, and the Programs & Exhibitions Manager in a wide range of collections and programming related departmental projects
  • Occasionally monitor the Special Collections reading room, assisting patrons and overseeing the use of fragile materials when the Special Collections Librarian is unavailable
  • Copy Cataloging and/or original cataloging of Special Collections materials depending on experience
  • Survey general/bound periodicals collection; create and implement project plan to manage the collection, including weeding, gifting, and increasing visibility
  • Assist in development of institutional collection development policy
  • Other collection duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in library science or a degree in museum studies, or equivalent relevant experience
  • History of rare book or archival experience through coursework or professional practice preferred
  • Exhibition experience in some capacity demonstrating the ability to coordinate PPL’s major exhibitions
  • Excellent project management skills; ability to undertake large-scale projects, work collaboratively, and stay organized
  • Strong communication and writing skills
  • Basic cataloging training or experience or the ability to be trained in basic procedures
  • Experience working with a library collection, an archival collection, or a book collection within a museum setting
  • Some experience in the area of collections management, including weeding guidelines and procedures or relevant experience demonstrating ability to learn and follow such basic guidelines as established
  • Knowledge of DCRM(B), AACR2, and MARC21 are a plus
  • Graphic design experience and familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and similar design software or similar equivalent knowledge

HOURS:  37 ½ hours per week – Full time

SALARY:  $45,000 - $55, 000 - plus benefits

DEADLINE FOR RESUMES:   December 31, 2014.  Applications received by December 24 will receive preference.

RESUME TO
Human Resources
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
401-455-8061
Email: hr@provlib.org

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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TEEN EDUCATOR/LIBRARIAN

Providence Public Library is a private nonprofit public library serving the city and state of Rhode Island.  It is embarking on the first three years of a new Strategic Plan – Think Again!  This vision targets city youth in particular as a high priority group, and the Library is planning the launch of a soft renovation of an expanded teen space in Spring, 2015 and the creation of a new teen center in 2016/17.  The Library is also expanding its 5th floor technology instruction lab, the Garage, into a flexible makerspace area for programs, classes and experiences that inspire innovation, creativity and incubation.  Outcome-based teen programs of high impact will be a major driving force of the Garage creation and the future of the Library.  Additionally, the Library has also recast and merged its exhibition and programming model to create a unified learning experience for all ages.  The Library is seeking a teen educator with passion, enthusiasm, a high degree of technology know how and the ability to work with, mentor, and interact with teens in productive, innovative and supportive ways.  We’re looking for someone to make Providence Public Library one of the coolest and geekiest places for teens in the state!

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES

Designs, plans and implements full range of high impact Learning Venture* programs for youth that can supplement formal curriculum whenever feasible. This includes working closely with appropriate library staff, community youth themselves, seeking and recruiting program partners/ volunteers, (specifically college students, teachers, retired professors and teachers, and community experts); and tying curriculum to library programs and library collections in meaningful ways. This model incorporates the “connected learning” concept for youth engagement.

 * A Learning Venture program is a series of programs that provide a project based, educational experience that incorporates youth interests, technology, library collections, community needs, and school curriculums which results in measurable, quantifiable outcomes. 

  • Provides direct assistance to youth with basic information regarding use of library materials and services, with special emphasis on programming
  • Creates an inviting, fun environment for youth that inspires learning and creativity
  • Serves on the library’s Programs and Exhibition committee and partners with other library staff to create robust exhibition experiences for audiences of all ages, including youth
  • Collaborates with Head of Children and Youth Services on collection development/maintenance
  • Maintains, cultivates collaborations with public/private/charter middle and high schools, including teachers, curriculum specialists, media specialists, and administration
  • Maintains, cultivates collaborations, and encourages partnerships with city and state youth serving arts and educational organizations
  • Maintains, cultivates contacts with parents and caregivers of middle and high school students
  • Oversees and coordinates daily activities of Volunteers assigned to youth programs and services
  • Designs effective data collection methods that result in clear, measurable ways to evaluate impact of library programs
  • Takes a local and national leadership role in developing an array of effective and productive youth services
  • Attends and/or presents professional development programs in the library and youth serving community
  • Assists with other library programs and events
  • Other ancillary duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS

  • MLIS/MEd or equivalent, plus relevant experience
  • Must communicate orally and in writing clearly, concisely, and effectively
  • Enthusiasm and willingness to work in a team environment
  • Knowledge of the educational/cognitive and social/emotional needs of youth; ability to translate those needs and interests into effective library programs and services
  • Basic knowledge of current youth programming landscape of Rhode Island, New England and national middle/high school Core Curriculum and STEM requirements
  • Knowledge of current trends in programming for youth and outcome-based assessment, including digital badging and the concept of connected learninh
  • Knowledge of current information technology, internet and database searching; knowledge of software applications of potential use in youth programming

HOURS:    37 ½ hours per week – Full time

SALARY:  $52,000 - $62,000 DOQ – plus benefits

DEADLINE FOR RESUMES:   Resumes accepted until the position is filled

RESUME TO
Human Resources
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
401-455-8061
Email: hr@provlib.org

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION/EQUAL EMPLOLYMENT OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

_________________________________

 

Human Resources
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903
401-455-8061
Email: hr@provlib.org