Library Reform Group

June 23, 2009

PCL Update–June 23

Filed under: 1 — Patricia @ 3:48 pm

Dear library advocates,

Now that we are into the final stretch and almost ready to open the neighborhood libraries as part of the Providence Community Library next week, things are happening fast, and we have more news to report to you.

First of all, a couple of corrections:

I unaccountably left Fox Point Library off of the list of libraries that are keeping 100% of their current staff. We are all delighted that Julie Sabourin, Ann Schattle and Sandy Oliviera will continue to serve Fox Point patrons.

As a non-truck driver, I gave you the wrong type of truck that we need for our maintenance crew. We are looking for a 3/4 ton pick-up truck, not a flat-bed truck.

A Call for Help

This Thursday from 8 to 11 a.m. we will be reorganizing one of the basement rooms at Wanskuck Library on Veasie Street to make room for some of our PCL staff members. Please drop off empty packing boxes today or tomorrow. We need volunteers to help with the packing on Thursday morning.

Children’s Librarian Search

Mary Ellen Scott will be leaving her position as Children’s Librarian at Knight Memorial to go to Rochambeau as the Young Adult Librarian there. We are hiring a half-time Children’s Librarian for Knight. Please see our job posting below. We will also be posting this job on the OLIS jobline.)

Public Presentations by Candidates for PCL Executive Director

Our Search Committee has completed its review of the applicants and selected three finalists for the position of PCL Executive Director. All these applicants will be visiting Providence and giving public lectures over the next few days. We hope you can attend these presentations and check out the candidates yourselves.

The first public meeting, with Donna Riegal, director of the North Palm Beach Library in Florida, will take place on this Thursday June 25th at 6:30 at the Wanskuck Library (223 Veasie St.)
The 2nd meeting, with Ophelia Gregiev Roop, director of the San Bernadino (CA) Library, will be held on Tuesday June 30th at 7:00 at the Mount Pleasant Library (314 Academy Avenue.) .
The 3rd Meeting, with Nancy Lee Milnor, director of the Somerville (MA) Public Library, will be on Thursday, July 2nd at 7:00 at Rochambeau Library (708 Hope St.)

July 1 Celebrations

We are finalizing the plans for our reopening of the neighborhood libraries as PCL. I’ll be sending you further information in a few days.


Children’s Librarian

Providence Community Library

Providence RI

Salary: $19,000 to $25,000, with benefits

Status: 20 hours a week

Posted: June 22, 2009

Deadline: July 10, 2009

Providence Community Library is searching for a Children’s Librarian to work in a busy neighborhood library. The Children’s Librarian plans and implements a comprehensive program of service to young library users.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to

* selecting and purchasing library materials aimed at children and youth,
* planning, developing, coordinating and executing programs designed to serve children from toddlers to teens;
* providing reader’s advisory and reference assistance to parents, teachers and caregivers to develop pre-literacy and literacy skills to children;
* assisting patrons, particularly children and youth, in researching information on a wide variety of subjects
* acting as liaison with other agencies in the community serving children;
* creating an environment in the children’s area which provides for enjoyable and productive use of library resources.


MLS from an ALA accredited school is required, with a background in children’s work preferred.

Annual salary range of $19,000 to $25,000.

Applications received by July 10, 2009, will receive first consideration.

Please send a cover letter, a resume, and three references to

Providence Community Library is an equal-opportunity employer.


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