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Job Specification


 Under direction, plans, coordinates, and directs through subordinate
 level supervisory professional librarians, various functional or
 specialized areas of a library involved in providing a variety of
 library services requiring substantial professional knowledge of
 theories, objectives, principles, and practices of librarianship; does
 other related duties as required.

 Positions in this class are on a level below that of Assistant Library
 Director and above that of Supervising Librarian; the Chief Librarian
 works under direction of a higher level administrator and oversees and
 supervises work performed by supervising librarian(s); they have
 responsibility for administration and management of a variety of
 public library operations under the direction of higher levels of

 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.


 Develops and executes a program of public relations designed to 
 arouse interest in library objectives, services, and programs.

 Answers inquiries and handles special requests for information.

 Utilizes library facilities in a program service commensurate with the
 aim/purpose of the library.

 Implements policy regarding special collections of books and other
 library materials.

 Represents the library at professional and other meetings/conferences.

 Supervises acquisition, cataloging, classifying, and processing of
 library materials.

 Analyzes and coordinates departmental budget estimates and controls
 expenditures to administer approved budget.

 Administers personnel regulations, interviews and recommends
 appointment of job applicants, rates staff performance, and recommends
 promotion/discharge of employees.

 Plans and conducts staff meetings and participates in community
 professional meetings to discuss and act on library problems.

 Supervises development/implementation of public information programs
 concerning activities/objectives of the units supervised.

 Establishes and maintains records and files.

 Guides, instructs, and assigns tasks to subordinate employees.

 Determines and allocates resources/equipment needed to accomplish 
 work assignments.

 Establishes and maintains cooperative work relationships with other
 libraries/community agencies.

 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.


 Four (4) years of professional librarian experience in providing
 general library services, one (1) year of which shall have been in 
 a supervisory capacity.


 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 of theories, objectives, principles, and techniques of

 Knowledge of supervisory techniques.

 Knowledge of the Dewey Decimal Classification System but without
 having to commit to memory what each numerical classification

 Knowledge of library administration techniques.

 Ability to give talks before professional/nonprofessional groups
 interested in or concerned with library problems, speaking clearly,
 concisely, and informatively.

 Ability to alphabetize in accord with American Library Association
 filing rules.

 Ability to prepare informative, narrative, and statistical reports.

 Ability to coordinate library services programs.

 Ability to work and deal harmoniously with patrons/coworkers.

 Ability to supervise acquisition, cataloging, classifying, and
 processing library materials.

 Ability to determine work to be accomplished, issue assignments 
 to, and instruct, train, and evaluate subordinate personnel.

 Ability to comprehend, analyze, and interpret library rules,
 regulations, policies, and procedures.

 Ability to plan and organize library service 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 with or without reasonable 
 accommodation.  If the accommodation cannot be made because it 
 would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be 

 This job specification is applicable to the following title code:
Local or
Class of
07378LC N/A05-

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.

MER   6/2/2011