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.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
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
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
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
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 AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of theories, objectives, principles, and techniques
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
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
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
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,
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
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:
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.