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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 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. for the purpose of promoting literacy 
fostering use of library resources and 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. 

Represents library at seminars and meetings of professional and 
technical organizations for the purpose of keeping informed about 
current and emerging library services and technical developments 
and improving 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.

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


Two 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 certificate. 

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 current library technology, trends and innovations.

Ability to determine work to be accomplished, issue assignments, 
and instruct and train subordinate personnel in proper methods 
and techniques to utilize in the performance of their duties; ability 
to evaluate subordinate personnel performance and conduct.

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; ability to coordinate services and activities between 
departments or with other agencies may be required. 

Ability to keep informed of current theories, objectives, principles, 
and techniques of librarianship and adapt to modern technology 
and 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 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 

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
02820LC 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.