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Job Specification



Under supervision, provides a variety of library services in one or 
more functional areas of the library requiring substantial professional 
knowledge of and experience with librarianship theories, principles 
and practices; may take the lead and coordinate work assignments 
of Librarians 1, and/or paraprofessional/ technical staff; performs 
related duties as required.

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.


Assists patrons in finding desired information or resources and 
furnishes information on library activities, facilities and services.

May take the lead over Librarians 1 and/or paraprofessional/technical 
staff, coordinate assignments, and provide instructions for their 

May be required to perform work in one or more of the following 
specialized areas: Children┐s Services, Technical Services and/or 
Rference Services.

Provides research services, answering reference questions of varying 
difficulty and explaining the use and availability of reference sources 
in all appropriate formats. 

Provides reader services responsive to user needs such as compiling 
bibliographies and reading lists.

Explains or demonstrates procedures for searching print, electronic 
and online catalogs and resources to obtain materials. 

Assists public and staff in making effective use of library equipment 
and provides formal training and instruction in the effective use of 
electronic resources.

Designs, organizes and maintains library materials and electronic 
resources by using appropriate systems of access that are compatible 
with the needs and styles of learning of the public.

Coordinates and conducts library tours, book talks, film programs, 
reading clubs, etc. for the purpose of promoting literacy, fostering 
use of library resources and/or to inform the community and various 
organizations of available library services.

Determines content and arrangement of library material for displays, 
exhibits, and special library programs. 

Performs original cataloging by assigning classification numbers 
and descriptive headings according to appropriate systems of access.
Composes publicity releases or program announcements for media, 
newsletters, or other publications.

Attends seminars, meetings and conferences of professional and 
technical organizations for the purpose of keeping informed about 
current and emerging library services and technical developments. 

Reviews collections to develop or discard/discontinue as needed; 
assists in selection and evaluation of resources for delivery in the 
most appropriate format; may recommend the purchase or rental 
of library supplies/materials taking into consideration priority needs 
and budget limitations.

Exchanges ideas, information, and opinions with supervisors to 
formulate policies, procedures, programs, etc. to provide high 
quality services.

Mentors Librarians 1 and newer staff members.

Gives talks before groups, organizations, co-workers and the public.

Participates in professional associations concerned with improving 
methods and techniques of information services.

Establishes and maintains effective work relationships with community 
organizations, school groups, library associates and the general public. 

Prepares clear, accurate and informative narrative and statistical reports.

Maintains files and records.

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 Sciences in a library 
program accredited by the American Library Association or from a 
New Jersey College Master' program in Library Science that has 
been deemed acceptable by Thomas Edison State College.

One year of librarian experience.


Appointees may be required to possess a valid license as a 
Professional Librarian issued by Thomas Edison State College. 

NOTE: N.J.S.A. 45:8A-3 and N.J.A.C 15:23-2.1(a) state that any 
library supported in whole or in part by public funds may require, and 
any library serving any municipality or group of municipalities having a 
population of 10,000 inhabitants or over shall require that any person 
employed as a professional librarian shall hold a professional librarian 

N.J.A.C. 15:23-2.1 (b) states that  pursuant to N.J.A.C. 15:21-2.3 
and 2.4, a library serving any municipality or group of municipalities 
having a population of 7,500 inhabitants or over, N.J.S.A. 45:8A-3 
notwithstanding, will employ, in all professional librarian positions 
counted for State Library Aid purposes, librarians holding a 
New Jersey Professional Librarian's Certificate.

NOTE: 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 the essential duties of the position.

Knowledge of theories, objectives, principles, and techniques 
of librarianship.

Knowledge of Library Classification Systems.

Knowledge of form, content, and use of bibliographies and book 

Ability to appropriately organize library materials, including files, 
books, periodicals, digital media, etc.

Ability to take the lead, determine work to be accomplished, 
coordinate assignments, and instruct Librarian's 1 and/or other 
paraprofessional/technical staff in proper methods and techniques 
to utilize in the performance of their duties.

Ability to conduct library programs such as story hours, book talks, 
film programs, senior citizen programs, etc.

Ability to remain knowledgeable about library services, activities 
and facilities.

Ability to keep informed of current theories, objectives, principles, 
and techniques of librarianship; and adapt to modern technology, 
library trends and innovations.

Ability to keep informed of current events, and popular and local 

Ability to work harmoniously, creatively and respectfully with 

Ability to work with professional associations toward the improvement 
of methods and techniques of library services.

Ability to give clear, concise, and informative talks before professional 
and nonprofessional groups. 

Ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems and 
implement ideas. 

Ability to communicate effectively and share knowledge with others 
using oral, written and electronic communication skills.

Ability to analyze, interpret and apply the rules, regulations, policies, 
and procedures of a library.

Ability to practice effective customer service skills to best determine 
patrons' needs.

Ability to train and assist public with communications, technology 
literacy and all information resources.

Ability to identify and present innovative programs and services 
and integrate new technologies into library service.

Ability to analyze, comprehend and use current approved public 
library standards, methods and techniques. 

Ability to comprehend the specific problems and functions of a library 
and to select appropriate materials for the use of the unit concerned.
Ability to promote and foster public access to information, and assist 
patrons in developing technology literacy, 

Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative statistical, 
financial, and other library reports containing findings, conclusions, 
and recommendations.

Ability to establish and maintain essential library records and files.

Ability to learn 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, or communicate in English 
sufficiently to perform the 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 with or without 
reasonable accommodation.  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:
Local or
Class of
03406LC N/A26-

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.