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Job Specification


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.


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 
as directed.

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 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 
of figures.

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 
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 communication.

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:
Local or
Class of
74137SC3509N/AA0510 Month

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.