Information Services Specialist (PT 17.5 hours per week)

Providence Public Library

Providence, RI

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$12.00 to $15.00 per Hour   Calculate


Providence, RI




Not Required

Minimum Education

High School (or Equivalent)

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


This job is more than 3 weeks old or the application deadline has passed.

Job Description

This position is responsible for providing responsive and effective circulation and reference support across all aspects of the Information Services Department.  A key role on the library’s information services team, this position is accountable for activities related to both circulation and reference operations, including borrower services, interlibrary loan, ready reference, and outreach.  The incumbent is expected to deliver point-of-need assistance and support to library customers and visitors, including first and second level technology support and troubleshooting.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

·         Perform core operational activities related to borrower services including loaning and requesting library items, circulation and patron database management, holds, delivery, stacks maintenance, inventory control, information commons and study and meeting space management, technology loans, printer management, and a wide range of other library services.

·         In partnership with librarians, effectively assist with reference and reader’s advisory services to library customers as needed.

·         Work collaboratively with Information Services team members to assess department policies and procedures and assist with department documentation.

·         Resolve library customer problems with patience and diplomacy and ethically handle sensitive library customer and department information.

·         Participate in library marketing, including book display merchandising, blog posts, digital signage, website and social media contributions.

·         Contribute to special projects, library-wide initiatives, and sponsor changes and improvements.

·         Willing to work evenings and weekends as required.

·         Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Skills:

·         Excellent verbal and written skills.

·         Strong attention to details and strong organizational skills.

·         Comfortable working with various technology (i.e. Microsoft programs, Google Docs/Drive).

·         Perform quality work within deadlines with or without direct supervision.

·         Interact professionally with other employees, patrons, and suppliers.

·         Work effectively as a team contributor on all assignments.

·         Work independently while understanding the necessity for communicating and coordinating work efforts with other employees and organizations.

Education & Experience Required:

·         Spanish/English bilingual a plus.

·         Requires a flexible schedule which includes morning, evening, and weekend hours.

·         The position is best filled by an energetic, innovative individual with previous library experience.

·         Knowledge of automated library systems, circulation and reference services operations, and web technology skills strongly preferred. 

·         Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills are essential. 

·         Interest in library trends and emerging technologies, basic word processing and spreadsheet abilities, and comfort with technology and social media are imperative. 

·         Outstanding work ethic, strong customer service skills, commitment to customer-centered services and flexibility are critical. 

·         Candidates must possess the ability to work both independently and in a fast-paced team environment with diverse patrons and coworkers. 

·         Candidates must also be able to exercise tact and good judgment in a variety of situations by following established policies and procedures.

Additional Requirements:

Driving/Travel requirements – 0-10%

Position Location – Providence, RI

Physical requirements – ability to occasionally lift/move up to 25 lbs.

This position is:

Non-Exempt and is not part of the Union due to the hours
Hours: Part time position: 17.5 hours per week which includes two nights a week and alternating Saturdays

Hourly Range: $12 - $15

Position is open until filled.


Submit Cover Letter and Resume to:


The Providence Public Library

Attn:  HR

150 Empire Street

Providence, RI 02903

Fax:  401-455-8002

Equal Opportunity

In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions at the Providence Public Library are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities.  PPL is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or medical or common conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, familial status, national origin, ancestry, age (40 and above), disability, veteran status, military service, application for military service, genetic information, receipt of free medical care, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law. PPL will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities, in accordance with applicable law.

The Community

Providence Public Library (PPL) is a 146-year-old nonprofit corporation providing free public library services through its rich and historic physical and digital collections, extensive information resources, thought-provoking exhibitions, impactful educational programs, and expert staff.

PPL is continually transforming and focused on providing equally transformative experiences for all Rhode Islanders. The Library is actively expanding our reach through critical statewide collaborations and serving as an open and supportive teaching and learning place where communities can connect, experience, create and achieve, whether in our physical or virtual realms.

To achieve our mission, the Library is strategically focused on serving Rhode Island families and early care providers, teens, downcity residents, learners seeking workforce development, and those pursuing creative and scholarly endeavors.


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Email cover letter and resume to:

The Providence Public Library


150 Empire Street

Providence, RI 02903

OR fax to :  401-455-8002

Posted Sep 15, 2021