Librarian II-Branch Librarian, William Hall Library, Cranston RI

The Cranston Public Library is seeking candidates for the position of Librarian II- Branch Librarian-William Hall Library. This is a professional, supervisory position under the direction of the Library Director and the Assistant Library Director. Responsible for management and operation of the William Hall Library branch for the Cranston Public Library system. This is a 35 hour per week position with some nights and weekends required.

The Cranston Public Library system consists of a central library with five branch locations. For more information on our library please visit:

The William Hall Library is located in the heart of the historic Edgewood and Pawtuxet Village neighborhoods. The 19,500 square foot building, which opened in 1927, contains elements of Georgian and Italian Renaissance architecture, and is surrounded by well-kept grounds that are home to dozens of mature trees and bushes.


This busy library hosts a full roster of cultural programming throughout the year, including art shows, theater productions, and indoor and outdoor concerts. 


Although managed by the Cranston Public Library, The William Hall Library is a privately owned building with its own Board of Trustees and endowment.



Starting salary $46,289.57; $48,209.55 after six month probationary period.



January 2014




  • Master's Degree in Library Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Five years public library experience, including two years of supervisory experience.
  • Ability to travel to required locations in a timely manner.




  • Provides exemplary customer service.
  • Manages branch operations.
  • Participates in selecting and training enthusiastic staff.
  • Supervises, schedules, coordinates and evaluates branch staff.
  • Plans, coordinates, supervises, creates and conducts programs for adults, youth and families.
  • Builds, manages and promotes extraordinary collections matching community interests.
  • Analyzes the community's needs and plans branch program of service accordingly.
  • Develops strong partnerships between library and other appropriate community organizations.
  • Acts as liaison with William Hall Library Trustees and neighborhood library friend's groups.
  • Provides assistance directly to library users on the use of library services. Substitutes for professional staff in the library system as needed.
  • Seeks out grants, donations and fundraising opportunities for program support.
  • Promotes branch programs and activities through marketing and public relations efforts.
  • Coordinates data collection for statistical reports to administration.
  • Prepares or supervises preparation of displays and exhibits.
  • Supervises the preparation of branch supply order.
  • Supervises the maintenance of the building and grounds, where applicable.
  • 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.



  • Commitment to outstanding public service.
  • Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices and tools of library science in general and public library service in particular.
  • Knowledge of administrative theories and practices including supervision and evaluation of the work of others.
  • Ability to function as a member of a team to achieve library goals and objectives.
  • Ability to resolve conflict with staff and library users.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging technologies; including social media, tablets and mobile devices.




            Resumes received by November 1, 2013 will receive first consideration. Apply to Edward Garcia, Library Director at


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