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Job Specification



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.


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 
appropriate formats. 

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 
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.

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 
paraprofessional staff.

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 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 
implement ideas. 

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 
patrons' needs.

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, 
and recommendations.

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
07569LN N/A24-

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.