Under administrative supervision, provides a variety of library
services for the general public in one or more functional areas
requiring substantial knowledge of and experience with librarianship
theories, principles, and practices; does other related duties as
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform
all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties
performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Explains use of reference sources to patrons such as bibliographic
indexes and reading guides.
Describes or demonstrates procedures for searching catalog files
and shelf collections to obtain materials.
Provides readers' advisory service to suggest materials to patrons
seeking aid in selection of reading material.
Answers reference questions which have a wide range in difficulty,
varying from those which can be answered by brief consultation of
general or special reference tools to elusive/involved questions that
require extended searching in many sources both within/without the
Develops and conducts library programs such as tours, book talks, film
programs, and reading clubs for the purpose of stimulating reading
and/or to inform the community and various organizations of available
Determines content/arrangement of library material for displays,
exhibits, and special library programs.
Performs original cataloging by assigning classification numbers and
descriptive headings according to the Dewey Decimal System or other
prescribed library alphabetical or numerical classification systems.
Compiles lists of book titles, bibliographies, or reading lists
according to subject matter or other designation in response to patron
and/or internal administrative requests.
Composes publicity releases or program announcements for media,
library newspapers, and similar publications.
Attends seminars/meetings of professional library groups/organizations
to keep current with scientific and technical developments and to
participate with professional associations concerned with improving
methods/techniques of library services.
Reviews library collections of books, films, periodicals, records, and
so forth to weed material for purposes of discarding due to
May issue work assignments and instruct subordinates in methods to
utilize in performance of their duties.
Recommends purchase or rental of library material according to the
section assigned, taking into consideration priority needs and budget
Compiles statistical data and composes narrative reports showing
plans, programs, problems, and/or the accomplishments of the work
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and information systems used by the
agency, office, or related units.
A Master's degree in Library or Information Science in a library
program accredited by the American Library Association or from
a New Jersey College Master's Program in Library Science that
has been deemed acceptable by Thomas Edison State College.
Two (2) years of librarian experience.
Appointees may be required to possess a valid New Jersey
license as a Professional Librarian.
NOTE: N.J.S.A. 45:8A-1 and N.J.A.C. 6:11-11.6 state that a
professional librarian certificate is required for employment as a
professional librarian in libraries supported in whole or in part by
public funds, serving communities with populations of 10,000 and
above. Libraries under the charge and control of a board of education
are excepted from this requirement.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid
in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee
mobility, is necessary to perform essential duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of theories, objectives, principles, and techniques
Knowledge of the Dewey Decimal Classification System but without
having to commit to memory what each numerical classification
Ability to give talks before groups, organizations, patrons, and
coworkers, speaking clearly, concisely, and informatively.
Ability to alphabetize in accord with American Library Association
Ability to prepare clear, accurate, and informative narrative and
Ability to work and deal harmoniously with patrons and coworkers.
Ability to determine work to be accomplished, issue assignments,
and instruct subordinates in proper methods/techniques to utilize
in performance of their duties.
Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret library rules,
regulations, policies, and procedures.
Ability to plan and organize library service programs such as story
hours, book talks, film programs, and senior citizen programs.
Ability to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording
and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, and communicate in English
sufficiently to perform duties of this position. American Sign
Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as
they can perform essential functions of the job after reasonable
accommodation is made to their known limitations. If the accommodation
cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship,
such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
This job specification is for local government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.