The work involves performance of librarian duties in an assigned unit and generally involves planning, directing and supervising a specialized unit such as circulation, technical, computer, media or audiovisual services. General supervision is received from a higher level librarian or administrative superior. Supervision is exercised over the work of professional, paraprofessional, clerical, and volunteer staff. Does related work as required.


Recommends, plans and implements new types of services based on patron needs.

Provides input in regard to policy recommendations and revisions.

Assigns duties, supervises and evaluates departmental or unit staff; identifies and recommends training needs.

Implements and/or enhances library automation projects and computer services.

Provides reference and reader's advisory services to library users.

Performs original cataloging and classification and may design appropriate systems of information organization and retrieval methods.

Performs varied and/or specialized professional library work in collection development, including acquisition, evaluation and selection, discarding, weeding and withdrawal of library materials.

Resolves patron complaints using independent judgment.

Develops and conducts programs, tours, book talks, multi-media programs, story and picture book hours.

Develops and administers grants.

Compiles bibliographies and functions as a subject specialist.

Performs on-line database searches and search training.

Serves as a liaison for library services to community groups and/or other libraries.

Designs and produces public relations and library instruction materials.

Prepares statistical and narrative reports of activities, memoranda, and correspondence.

Supervises the work of professional, paraprofessional, clerical, and volunteer personnel.

Keeps informed of professional developments through participation in professional organizations, system meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and reading professional materials.

May be responsible for library facility or unit of library facility and security of building.

May be responsible for the collection, transmission and security of money.


Thorough knowledge of modern principles and practices of library science;

Thorough knowledge of on-line and web based information resources;

Thorough knowledge of bibliographical tools and sources;

Thorough knowledge of library materials and collections issues for a specific subject area if functioning as a subject specialist;

Good knowledge of modern library organizations, procedures, policies, aims and services;

Good knowledge of the principles and practices of supervision;

Good knowledge of the applications of computer technology to library operations and library services to patrons;

Good oral communication skills with individuals and groups of varying age, educational and experiential levels;

Skill and accuracy in the performance of technical library tasks;

Analytical skills;

Ability to supervise in a manner conducive to full performance and high morale;

Ability to function as a cooperative team member in the planning and implementation of library projects;

Ability to carry out assignments independently;

Ability to express ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing to groups and individuals;

Ability to read and comprehend library literature and research;

Ability to think critically to understand the needs of library patrons and groups and to prescribe information or materials accordingly;

Ability to read and comprehend research studies;

Tact and courtesy in dealing with staff and public




Two (2) years of permanent competitive class status as a Librarian I.


A graduate library degree from a library school within New York State which is registered by the State Education Department or from a library school program which is accredited by the American Library Association and two (2) years of post masters professional level experience, or its part time equivalent, as a librarian.


Possession of a valid New York State Public Librarian's Professional Certificate from the New York State Education Department.

04/2015 Date Revised