SENIOR LIBRARY ASSISTANT
Under limited supervision of a Supervising Librarian or a Principal Library
Assistant in a library in a State department, institution or agency, performs
a variety of nonprofessional library duties which involve specialized
knowledge and skills in one or more library functional areas and the services,
practices, procedures terminology and general classification scheme of
library collections; does related work as required.
Employees work under the supervision of a Supervising Librarian or a
higher level Library Assistant within a framework of established library
policies, rules, regulations and standardized procedures in performing
a variety of detailed library duties. Assignments are specified, but the
incumbent has considerable freedom as to the selection of procedures,
timing, material and work aids to be utilized. Decisions made or actions
taken deal recurrently with similar situations or problems. Advice and
guidance is available whenever controversial or unusual questions or
matters are involved, or whenever guides and precedents are not
applicable or their applicability is not clear. Work is reviewed
periodically to insure compliance with procedures and quality standards.
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:
Answers patrons' inquiries pertaining to library hours, physical location
of library material, offices or personnel, including explanation of basic
index systems, e.g., card catalog, readers guide, microfilm and topical
files; refers complex questions to supervisor.
Upon request, locates books and publications, based upon the call
number in immediate vicinity of its expected location.
Charges and discharges library material to users; inspects books for
damage; computes and collects fines and makes change.
Lists overdue library material from card files and completes overdue
notices for notifying patrons.
Reviews library membership applications for completeness as to name,
address and similar personal identification; records changes of such
Receives requests for loan of library books and publications from other
libraries; searches for and obtains items being loaned, ensuring that
material is consistent with request; posts data to loan records as to title,
author, quantity and other identifying information.
Functions as a lead worker over subordinate personnel, being charged
only with the responsibility of ensuring that assignments are completed
Compiles numerical reports on circulations, accessions or other aspects
of library operations using basic arithmetic.
Performs filing or shelving tasks involving the use of the Dewey Decimal
Classification System and alphabetical filing systems beyond the initial
letter of a word.
Prepares books and other library materials for circulation.
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.
Successful completion of one (1) year (30 semester hour credits) in
a librarian technician course at an accredited college.
One (1) year of experience in practical knowledge of library functions,
services, terminology, techniques, procedures and tools (card catalog,
microfilm, shelving, circulation systems, etc.).
Appointee 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 basic arithmetic operations using whole numbers.
Knowledge of standard library reference tools (encyclopedia,
periodicals, atlas, readers guide and card catalog systems).
Knowledge of Dewey Decimal Classification System, but does
not have to commit to memory what each numerical classification
Ability to perform extensive alphabetical filing beyond the initial
letter of a word.
Ability to perform numerical filing beyond the initial digit in a sequence
Ability to converse, speaking clearly, concisely and courteously.
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
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(s) which
are different work week or work month and/or variants of the job class title:
This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.