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The Saunderstown Library Association, a nonprofit organization, operates the Willett Free Library as an independent library open to the public for the benefit of all Rhode Islanders.

The Saunderstown Library Association was established in 1885 and the library has occupied its current location since 1903. It is a member of the Ocean State Libraries consortium. The public is welcome at the Willett Free Library. Valid OSL library card holders may borrow materials from the Willett collection or request items available through OSL’s statewide consortium. For further information about borrowing policies, including loan periods, fines and fees, please consult the Info page on our website.

The Willett Free Library is the smallest library in Rhode Island. In a charming, three-room building, fully renovated in 2013, the library offers an extensive collection of books, audiobooks, CDs, DVDs and magazines for adults and a fine collection of children’s books, audiobooks, and DVDs. The library has  four personal computers for public use, a catalog computer, and a free wireless network. Faxing and scanning are available for free, and copying is available for a small user fee.

The Willett Free Library provides many programs, all handicapped-accessible, for the public, including children’s programs, movies for all ages, story times, special classes such as guitar instruction and introductory Italian, and book discussions. Please consult the Events tab on our website or contact the library to learn more.

Employment Opportunities

July 23, 2019

The Willett Free Library  is currently seeking a part-time (25 – 30 hours per week) Library Director for this busy, independent public library, open 28 hours per week.  The Director administers all aspects of library operations, including staffing, circulation, budget management, programming, and collection development, and reports to the Library Board. Hourly rate will be commensurate with experience.

To apply, send letter of intent, resume, and names of three recent professional references to Director Search Committee at willettfree@gmail.com

July, 2019

Library Director Job Description

Willett Free Library

Qualifications, Education, Experience, and Skills Required

  • A Master’s Degree in Library Studies from an ALA accredited university, or near completion of degree
  • Experience working in a public library
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work well with Board of Directors
  • Ability to administer the activities of a public library and to supervise the work of others
  • Ability to develop library services and programs
  • Proficiency with computers, popular library software, internet and digital communications
  • Thorough knowledge of standard library principles and practices, concepts of freedom of speech and access to information, copyrights, collection development, patron confidentiality, censorship, and other library issues


Specific Duties

  • Oversee the daily operation of a small, independent public library
  • Provide training and supervision to staff and volunteers
  • Develop and implement library services and public programs for all ages and interests, including communicating with presenters, arranging furniture, and providing refreshments
  • Collect, analyze, and report library statistics to Library Board and Town and State agencies
  • Prepare and submit the Annual Public Library Survey to the Rhode Island Office of LIbrary and Information Services
  • Communicate with North Kingstown Town Departments as needed, including submission of annual Request for Funding by Non-Profits 
  • Develop the collection in all formats using professional review sources and selection criteria
  • Process, catalog, display, and promote all new materials
  • Maintain an appealing collection through timely assessment and regular weeding  
  • Manage book and program budgets
  • Arrange staff schedule and submit biweekly payroll to Library Treasurer
  • Report monthly expenditures and cash receipts to Library Treasurer
  • Prepare and present quarterly reports to the Library Board of Directors
  • Publicize library programs and services through weekly emails, quarterly newsletters, digital calendar entries, flyers, press releases, social media, and sidewalk sign
  • Maintain, purchase, troubleshoot, operate and instruct staff in operating all library equipment, including wireless network, internet, computers, printers, and A-V equipment
  • Monitor and purchase all building supplies, including office, cleaning, and hygiene products
  • Report maintenance issues to the LIbrary Board’s Buildings and Grounds Committee
  • Cooperate with local groups to increase library visibility in the community
  • Provide reference and reader’s advisory services to patrons of all ages
  • Lead weekly preschool story times and summer reading program activities
  • Assist Library Board members as needed in fundraising activities, such as annual Book & Bake Sale
  • Perform other related responsibilities as necessary, such as circulation