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Job Specification



Under limited 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 supervise library staff, services, programs, and operations; or, in some jurisdictions, may supervise the staff and operations of a branch within a library system; 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 and/or instructs patrons in finding the desired information or resources, including use of computers. 

Provides designated staff with appropriate assignments and instructions for their completion; may supervise the staff, services, and work operations of a unit, section, or department within a library.

In some jurisdictions, may supervise the staff and operations of a branch within a library system. 

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

May evaluate employee performance and conduct, enabling the effective recommendation of the hiring, firing, promoting, and disciplining of subordinates.

Develops revised methods or techniques to increase efficient work operations.

May compile and provide data relating to the budgetary needs of the assigned department or work program.

Develops and recommends short and long range plans for program development and operations.

May coordinate activities of the department or work program with other sections within the library and with other agencies as required.

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 and provides formal training in the effective use of library equipment and 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.

Plans and conducts library programs such as library tours, book talks, film programs, reading clubs, etc. to promote literacy, foster use of library resources, and 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; utilizes social media outlets to promote programs and events.

Represents library at seminars and meetings of professional and technical organizations to keep informed about current and emerging library services and technical developments and improve methods and techniques of information services.

Orders or recommends the ordering of collections materials and other library supplies for purchase or rental, taking into consideration priority needs and budget limitations; reviews collections to develop or discard/discontinue as needed; evaluates and/or selects resources for delivery in the most appropriate format.

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

Mentors Librarians 1 and 2 and newer staff members.

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

May apply for grants and ensures their proper implementation.

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 how 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's program in Library Science that has been deemed acceptable by Thomas Edison State University.


Two (2) years of librarian experience.


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

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’s Certificate.

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 the essential duties of the position.


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

Knowledge of current library technology, trends, and innovations.

Ability to effectively use social media formats and platforms.

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

Ability to plan and implement library programs and services such as story hours, book talks, film programs, senior citizen programs, etc.

Ability to remain knowledgeable about library services, activities, and facilities and to coordinate services and activities between departments or with other agencies.

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 culture.

Ability to work harmoniously, creatively, and respectfully with others.

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 implement 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 the public with communications, technology literacy, and all information resources.

Ability to identify, customize, create, 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 in the selection of appropriate library resources.

Ability to comprehend the specific functions and problems of a library and work toward the improvement of methods and techniques of library services.

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 reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

Ability to establish and maintain essential library records and files.

Ability to learn how 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 the duties of this position. American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.

Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible if they can perform the 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
02820 LC N/A28 -

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.