Under supervision, functions at the entry level of the professional
librarian class of jobs providing a variety of library services; 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.
NOTE: Incumbents may be required to complete cross-training
in one or more of the following specializations: Children's Services,
Reference Services, Technical Services.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Assists patrons in finding desired information or resources and
furnishes information on library activities, facilities and services.
May be required to complete cross-training in one or more specialized
areas; and to perform the work in Children's Services, Technical Services
and/ or Reference Services.
Provides reader services responsive to user needs such as compiling
bibliographies and reading lists.
Organizes 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.
Provides research services, answering reference questions and
explaining the use and availability of reference sources in all
Provides bibliographic instruction using print, electronic and online
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.
Reviews collections to develop or discard/discontinue; assists in
the 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
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.
Gives talks before groups, organizations, co-workers and the public.
Exchanges ideas, information, and opinions with supervisors to
formulate policies, procedures, programs, etc. to provide high quality
Mentors newer staff members.
Attends seminars and meetings of professional and technical
organizations for the purpose of keeping informed about current
and emerging library services and technical developments.
Participates in professional associations concerned with improving
methods and techniques of information services.
Acts as library representative at meetings and conferences.
Composes publicity releases or program announcements for media,
newsletters, or other publications.
Establishes and maintains effective work relationships with community
organizations, school groups, library associates and the general public.
May provide instruction and technical expertise to nonprofessional and
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.
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 AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of theories, objectives, principles, and techniques of
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 organize library programs and procedures.
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 with professional associations toward the
improvement of methods and techniques of library services.
Ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems and
Ability to work harmoniously, creatively and collaboratively with
Ability to communicate effectively and share knowledge with others
using oral, written and electronic communication skills.
Ability to integrate current technology into areas of service to perform
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 comprehend the specific problems and functions of a library
and to select appropriate materials for the use of the unit concerned.
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.
Ability to promote and foster public access to information, and assist
patrons in developing technology literacy.
Ability to provide instruction and technical expertise to nonprofessional
and paraprofessional staff may be required.
Ability to give appropriate instruction to nonprofessional and
paraprofessional staff in the use of the library and its resources
and in basic research methods.
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.