The work involves overall responsibility for a major functional area of a library, such as Technical Services, Reference, Collection Development or Children's Services. The Librarian III has responsibility for coordination, administration and policy implementation for the assigned area to insure efficient operation. Work is performed under general supervision of the Library Director or an administrator. Supervision is exercised over the work of subordinate professional, paraprofessional, clerical and volunteer personnel. Does related work as required.




Determines priorities in terms of material to be purchased and may implement collection evaluation systems.

Evaluates the effectiveness of the library's services in relation to the changing needs of the users.

Recommends plans for and implements new types of services.

Functions as branch or major unit head.

Recommends policy for directly supervised and related service units.

Make administrative decisions for assigned area.

Participates in staff selection and training.

Assists in the preparation of budget proposals and estimates for the assigned unit.

Plan, implement and/or enhance library automation projects and services.

Develop policies for classification and subject cataloging of library materials and may implement technical services cataloging and workflow procedures involving technologies.

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

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

Services as liaison for library services with community groups and other libraries.

Develops and administers grants and grant programs.

Plans public relation programs and prepares publicity materials.

Resolves patron complaints using independent judgment.

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

Performs on-line database searches and search training.

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

Supervises subordinate professional and clerical staff by making assignments, observing work activity, and reviewing reports.

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

Responsible for library facility or unit of library facility and security of building.

Responsible for the collection, transmission and security of money.




Comprehensive knowledge of modern principles and practices of library science.

Thorough knowledge of the applications of computer technology to library operations.

Thorough knowledge of modern library organizations, procedures, policies, aims and services.

Thorough knowledge of on-line database systems.

Thorough knowledge of bibliographical tools and sources.

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

Skill and accuracy in the performance of technical library tasks.

Ability to train and supervise library staff.

Ability to plan and coordinate the work of others.

Ability to exercise leadership and motivate others.

Ability to plan, coordinate, and supervise the work of others.

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



Knowledge, Skills, Abilities cont’d.


Ability to read, comprehend, and conduct research studies.

Tact and courtesy in dealing with staff and public.








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


Open Competitive


A graduate library degree from a library school located 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 four (4) years of post masters professional level experience, or its part time equivalent, as a librarian.


Special Necessary Requirement


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



05/2009 Revised