Librarian II Job Descriptions
Town Of Bloomfield
This is responsible professional librarian work involving the full range of librarian duties and functions.
Work involves the responsibility for providing library services to patrons and administering technical library collection maintenance functions. Duties include reference work, materials review, programming, maintenance of various files and collections and promoting library use. This position is also invested with making routine professional-level library technical decisions. The work requires that the employee have excellent judgment as well as excellent knowledge, skill, and ability in every phase of the public library field.
Works under the direction of the Director of Library Services.
Examples Of Duties
- Provides reference and reader's advisor services, instructs patrons in the use of library resources, including reference materials, catalogs, computer, and the interlibrary loan system.
- Reviews materials for selection and acquisition, and makes recommendations for selection of a wide range of book, periodical, and audio-visual materials.
- Develops and presents a wide range of library programming.
- Prepares and distributes public relations and informational materials relative to the activities of all areas of the library, including children's, adult section and the Branch library. In addition to producing the library's monthly calendar, writes monthly articles for the Bloomfield Journal.
- Organizes and maintains assigned collections.
- Develops and presents programs and services directed at young adults.
- May supervise library and clerical staff, as assigned.
- Performs related work as required.
Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities
- Excellent knowledge of the principles and practices of public library functions.
- Considerable knowledge of the needs of library patrons of all ages and the ability to provide the type and level of service needed. Good knowledge of the community.
- Excellent knowledge of reference tools and procedures.
- Some knowledge of contemporary cataloging standards and practices.
- Excellent ability to develop and present library programs for adults and children.
- Considerable ability in oral and written communications.
- Considerable ability to develop and present public information materials to promote library use.
- Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, associates, officials of other agencies and the general public.
A Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university plus one year of responsible professional librarian experience.
Town Of Hamden
Works under the direct supervision of the immediate superior as determined by the Library Director.
At the direction of the Director, may supervise employees of equal or lesser classifications.
General Statement & Examples Of Duties
Performs responsible supervisory and technical library services, the specifics of which depend upon the unit to which assigned.
If assigned to a Branch
- Responsible for supervision and library services from a branch library.
- Selects and evaluates new materials, including gifts, for the branch collection.
- Makes decisions on weeding, mending and replacing materials.
- Trains, evaluates and supervises branch staff.
- Accounts for monies received.
- Responds to patron suggestions, questions and complaints about branch library service and the collection, or refers appropriate questions to administration.
- Develops goals and objectives for branch library services.
- Plans, implements and evaluates branch programs and services.
- Conducts studies; prepares reports.
- Assists in development of library policies and procedures.
- Interprets library policies for the public.
- Attends professional meetings, maintains membership in professional organizations and participates in their activities.
- May act as library representative to professional organizations and community groups.
- Includes all duties of Librarian I (Reference and/or Children's Unit).
- Other duties as assigned.
If assigned to Electronic Resources
- Plans, evaluates, implements and supervises PC-based information services for public and staff use.
- Loads software and CD ROM updates for the LAN and staff PCs.
- Cooperates with the System Administrator of the library's on-line system in planning how to integrate services of both systems to offer a comprehensive information package.
- Trains staff in the use of word processing, spreadsheets, desktop publishing, graphics programs or other application software loaded on staff MACs.
- Troubleshoots computer equipment and arranges for repairs when necessary.
- Promotes public computer services to other Town agencies, community groups and the public.
- May conduct computer services workshops for the public.
- Attends workshops or courses necessary to keep current with computer technology.
- Includes all duties of Librarian I assigned to Information Services.
Minimum Experience And Training
MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited institution, a minimum of two (2) years' experience in a professional librarian position, and specialized competency and experience with LANs and reference.
Skills, Knowledge, And Abilities
- An occupationally significant combination of understanding of modern library objectives, knowledge of library materials and equipment, initiative, good judgment, accuracy, flexibility, interpersonal skills and verbal facility necessary to deal fairly and effectively with associates and the public.
- If assigned to Electronic Resources, needs knowledge of and experience with PCs, LANs and the Internet, including but not limited to knowledge of DOS, Windows 95, Windows NT and Netscape.
- Needs knowledge of HTML or ability to set up and maintain a Web page.
- Must be able to perform basic maintenance on PCs in a networked environment and on staff computers, whether PC or MAC.
- Knowledge of current trends in library technology and of proposed statewide library network (CLN) will be considered a plus.
Town Of Manchester
This professional position is responsible for administering and operating a major section of the library such as reference, circulation or children's and performing specialized professional and supervisory work. Responsibilities include initiating, developing, coordinating and implementing programs to improve service availability and quality consistent with library policies and management guidelines. Other routine work involves drafting operating policies and procedures for approval, assisting in the preparation and administration of the division's operating and capital budgets, keeping current of new technologies and methods, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of subordinates, providing for the overall care and maintenance of the collections under his/her care, assisting in hiring staff, attending meetings and communicating with customers, co-workers and other agencies. Regularly scheduled night and weekend work is expected. The work is subject to review according to the Town's personnel plan through observation, reports and the results achieved.
Essential Job Functions
- Initiates the development and implementation of programs to increase customer awareness of library resources and appropriate self-sufficiency.
- Develops and recommends policies and procedures to improve operations.
- Monitors and reports the results achieved.
- Manages the assigned staff consistent with delegated responsibilities performing tasks such as scheduling assignments, training and directing staff in the implementation of library policies, procedures, standards and services.
- Provides for their professional development.
- Evaluates performance and applies positive and negative discipline as appropriate to achieve desired results.
- Regularly reads book reviews, publishers catalogues and researches other information sources to identify materials to meet customer needs, enrich the library's collections and correct deficiencies.
- Continuously develops a strong knowledge of the library collection and materials, its strengths and weaknesses and how to find items using the best access methods, particularly in areas of expertise.
- Manages, organizes and maintains or provides for the care of materials and equipment under his/her stewardship by or providing for the organization of inventories, the maintenance and repair of items, the acquisition of needed and the removal of obsolete items.
- Assesses department needs and prepares requisitions for equipment, materials and supplies.
- Assists customers with developing needed information by answering questions, identifying potential information sources, recommending specific items, materials or sources and referring them to other appropriate assistance such as reference specialists, interlibrary loan, manual and automated information databases and staff.
- Oversees customers and their use of the library maintaining the appropriate atmosphere and discipline depending upon the area and the customers being served.
- Attends staff and other inter and intra agency meetings to coordinate programs and activities and to increase professional knowledge and skills.
- Prepares or provides for the preparation of statistical and other reports regarding library operations and use.
Other Job Functions
Performs related work as required, as well as other duties as may be assigned from time to time and which are consistent with this classification.
Knowledge, Skill And Ability
- A strong knowledge of the principles and practices of library work and of the library's computerized systems, particularly related to an assigned area of expertise such as reference, circulation or children's services.
- The ability to identify customer needs and requirements, initiate and develop policies, procedures, programs and activities to meet those needs and monitors ongoing performance in the attainment of objectives.
- Works in a pleasant and effective manner with customers, co-workers, other departments and agencies.
- Ability to supervise while establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, other employees and customers.
- A strong professional interest in reading, literature and library science.
Physical And Mental Effort/Environmental And Working Conditions
- Assists library customers in their use of the library performing work which is moderately physically demanding and administers the library collection wherever materials may be located including obtaining and replacing books from shelving in the stacks and on all levels, walking and standing for extended time periods (two to four hours) and carrying a reasonable selection of materials between places where they are stored and places where they are used within library facilities and property.
- Able to communicate effectively orally, in writing and by listening in the modes of public speaking, speaking with small groups, providing instruction, counseling and direction, and in preparing notes, memorandum, correspondence and reports. This includes the direct and personal use of office computers.
- Able to receive, understand, interpret and carry out library policies and procedures.
- He/she must be able to hear normal sounds, distinguish sound as voice patterns and communicate through human speech.
- Ongoing intellectual effort is required to maintain a current knowledge of library resources, learning, literature and information resources.
Minimum Training And Experience
To be considered for this position an applicant must have a master's degree in library science, not less than three (3) years of library professional level experience, a strong knowledge of automated library systems and supervisory experience.
(The above description is illustrative. It is intended as a guide for personnel actions and must not be taken as a complete itemizing of all facets of any job.)
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