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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.


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


  • 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.

Human Resources
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903



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!


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


  • 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

START DATE:   January 12, 2015

HOURS:    37 ½ hours per week – Full time

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

DEADLINE FOR RESUMES:   December 1, 2014

Human Resources
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903




Providence Public Library (PPL) is a private, independent nonprofit 501-c-3 institution and is embarking on the implementation of its new Strategic Plan – Think Again! Part of the Library’s strategy is to identify new streams of support and revenue and focus resources and fundraising efforts on projects that connect to our target audiences: Art and design community, high school students, very young children/caregivers, DownCity residents, and workforce development for immigrants, English language learners and other job seekers. We’re looking for an experienced Development Director who will bring enthusiasm and passion to our institution.

The Director of Development is responsible for the planning, organization, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive development program to raise funds to support the development and enhancement of library services provided by Providence Public Library. She/he reports to the Executive Director of the Library and is responsible for providing leadership and professional expertise in fundraising and the ongoing management of the Library’s development program. This includes working with the Director, the Development Committee of the Board of Trustees, the chairs of the Conservator and Lumiere Societies and the Development and Foundation staff to design a scheme of action consistent with the organization’s overall goals and objectives, and the subsequent implementation of such a plan. He/she has primary responsibility for planning and preparing all development related activities and materials, including annual fund drives, endowment campaigns, corporate grants, capital campaigns, special projects, planned giving and other related activities. She/he is also expected to perform much of the professional work of the department and to work with the Executive Assistant of the Foundation and Director to oversee the receipt, recording and acknowledging of all donations to the Library. As an administrator, he/she is expected to fully participate in the ongoing management of the organization.


  • Provide leadership and design goals, timetables and schedules for the implementation of development campaigns to support Providence Public Library’s exciting, new strategic plan and its ongoing operations of $3.7M
  • Coordinate and implement all campaign activities, including capital campaigns and the annual fund drive
  • Alongside the Marketing Director, design, develop and distribute all campaign-related literature, brochures and other materials for annual fund drive
  • Prepare and distribute progress report
  • Research, identify, and evaluate individual prospects, foundations, and corporations as potential donors
  • Plan and implement procedures and systems for prospect information control
  • Manage the Conservator and Lumiere societies and the library’s planned giving program
  • Assist Executive Director, Trustees and Corporation members in the cultivation and solicitation of prospective individual and corporate donors
  • Work with Executive Director and Library staff to discover and develop potential grant opportunities and assist with project proposals
  • Prepare reports and analyses of fund raising activities for Executive Director, Development Committee and Trustees
  • Work with Executive Administrative Assistant to develop and maintain systems of recording pledges and payments
  • Report funds and materials donated to the Library to the Business Office
  • Prepare departmental budget requests and administer departmental budget
  • Represent the Library at professional events, meetings and activities to stay informed of current developments in the field
  • Train and lead other staff to support fundraising efforts
  • With the Executive Director, develop the Board’s capacity to fundraise


  • Energy, entrepreneurship, enthusiasm, and comprehensive knowledge of the principles and practices of development, including grantsmanship
  • Minimum 5-10 years of fundraising and institutional development experience with solid track record of successful asksBachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Legal or financial experience a plus
  • Proven track record of achieving revenue targets/quotas of at least $1M annually
  • Demonstrated successful experience with major gift bequests, fundraising event planning, cultivating new donors and moreKnowledge of Raiser’s Edge fundraising software
  • Familiarity with Rhode Island and New England-based funders and foundations
  • Familiarity with national and international foundations and corporationsDemonstrated leadership experience planning, implementing and selling major development activities
  • Ability to work effectively with a wide variety of people, including, trustees, managers, professionals, support staff within the organization, and with people from all social and economic levels as the organization’s representative
  • Experience in working with senior level executives and management in a non profit organization
  • Strong partnership and event-planning skills
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to write concisely and persuasively

START DATE:  January 5, 2015

HOURS:  37.5 hours per week – Full time

SALARY:  $80,000 minimum plus benefits

DEADLINE FOR RESUMES:   November 12, 2014

Human Resources
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903



Human Resources
Providence Public Library
150 Empire Street
Providence, RI 02903