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 Librarian 4; 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.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
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
Represents the library at professional and other meetings/conferences.
Supervises acquisition, cataloging, classifying, and processing of
Analyzes and coordinates departmental budget estimates and controls
expenditures to administer approved budget.
Evaluates employee performance and conduct, enabling the effective
recommendation of the hiring, firing, promoting and disciplining of
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.
Supervises the establishment and maintenance of records and files.
Prepares and supervises the preparation of clear, accurate and
informative narrative and statistical reports.
Guides, instructs, and assigns tasks to subordinate employees.
Determines and allocates resources/equipment needed to accomplish
Establishes and maintains cooperative work relationships with other
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 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
NOTE: 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.
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 of
Knowledge of supervisory techniques.
Knowledge of library administration techniques.
Knowledge of current library technology, trends and innovations.
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
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 prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative narrative
and statistical and other reports containing findings, conclusions,
Ability to supervise the establishment and maintenance of essential
records and files.
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:
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.