Librarian I Job Descriptions
Town Of Bloomfield
This is beginning level professional librarian work.
Work involves providing library services to children or adults at the main library or at the branch. Duties include reference work, materials review and programming. This position is also invested with making beginning level library technical decisions. The work requires that the employee have good knowledge, skill, and ability in the basic phases of the public library field.
Works under the general supervision of a supervisory librarian.
Examples Of Duties
- Develops and presents basic library programs for adults or children.
- Provides basic reference services and reader's services; prepares bibliographies on special subjects for teachers and others.
- Creates displays to highlight book collections or services.
- Catalogs library materials, as assigned.
- May supervise clerical employees in the performance of their duties.
- Assists in material selection and acquisition through book review reading, book selection meetings and contact with patrons.
- Writes public information materials regarding library activities.
- Performs circulation tasks using the CONNECT automated circulation system, such as charging materials, collecting fines, and preparing library cards, as necessary.
- Performs related work as required.
Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities
- Some knowledge of the principles and practices of public library functions.
- Some knowledge of reference tools and procedures.
- Good knowledge of the needs of library patrons and the ability to provide the type and level needed.
- Good ability in oral and written communications.
- Some ability to develop and present library programs.
- Some ability to develop and present public information materials to promote library use.
- Considerable ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, co-workers, and the general public.
A four-year degree from an accredited college or university in the social sciences, humanities, or a related field and some professional training in library work, OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience substituting on the basis of one year of experience for each year of education.
City Of Danbury
General Statement of Responsibilities
Provides professional service to the public by answering research and information queries, cataloging materials, managing collection development including creation and conversion of digital resources in assigned subject areas and directing projects.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Responds to telephone and in-person requests for information and research at a public Information/Reference Desk.
- Catalogs materials as required.
- Participates in the weeding and development of the Library's collections including recordings, audio books, reference and circulating books, videos and electronic and digital resources.
- May manage a Library-wide project such as chairperson of a selection committee, coordinator of the Young Adult Council, etc.
- Instructs the public in the use of Library resources including on-line and CD-ROM databases, indices, books, periodicals, etc.
- Responsible for the Library on evenings and Sundays in the absence of professional department heads.
- May train and supervise clerical, paraprofessional and subordinate professionals in specific tasks.
- May plan and conduct library tours, story hours, programs and community outreach.
- May develop bibliographies and flyers in conjunction with the graphics staff.
- Performs other duties as required.
Minimum Qualifications & Requirements
- General knowledge of the principles and methods of modern library services including automated systems, CD-ROM's, LANs and electronic and digital resources.
- Ability to work with minimal supervision.
- Ability to delegate authority.
- Strong written and verbal expression.
- Solid commitment to customer service.
- Good reference interview techniques including effective listening skills.
- Knowledge of automated systems, on-line databases, Internet and supervision.
- Training and Education: MLS from an ALA accredited school.
Works under the general supervision of a professional manager
Revised September 1997
Town Of Groton
Provides assistance to library patrons in all library services; assumes responsibility for a library division or the library in the absence of a Library Services Coordinator; performs professional library duties in the selection, acquisition, organization and use of books, periodicals and materials as well as searching of data base, using on-line tools, automated indexes, etc.
Receives oral or written instructions from supervisor. Plans work according to library schedule or established routine. Establishes priorities in performance of assigned work tasks. Supervises library assistants, associates and other support staff. Assists patrons in the selection of library materials and explains usage. Explains and assists in use of reference sources, such as card catalogs, circulation computers, on-line data bases and in-house data bases or book and periodical indexes to locate information. Researches requests for information and responds orally or in writing. Organizes and manages special collections, serials, or vertical files. Plans and develops reading lists, programs and events for special interest groups such as: children, students, elderly, or civic and cultural organizations. Assumes responsibility for library division programs. Provides training in work tasks to assistants, associates, volunteer and other support staff. Reviews professional publications print and non-print automated tools and other sources for new books, periodicals and materials; recommends purchase of books and materials, automated services and on-line products. Prepares statistical and narrative reports of some complexity for supervisor. Reports work accomplished to supervisor.
Maintains and develops information sources. Uses microcomputers and dial access. Prepares informational materials on library services for release to the community. Speaks to student, civic, cultural and other groups on library and related educational topics. Performs duties in all library divisions as needed. Evaluates performance of employees and makes recommendations concerning employment, promotion or discipline.
Receives general supervision from Division Head.
Master's Degree in Library Science and two years experience in general library work. Some supervisory experience is preferred. Demonstrated ability to effectively work with the public.
Promoted From: Assistant Librarian.
Promoted To: Division Head/Supervisor
Town Of Manchester
This professional position is responsible for assisting in the administration and operation of a major section of the library such as reference, circulation and children's and performing specialized professional work. A person in this position also administers the entire library in the absence of a librarian in a more responsible position. Responsibilities include helping develop, coordinate and implement programs to improve service availability and quality consistent with library policies and management guidelines. Other routine work involves keeping current of new technologies and methods, directing, reviewing and evaluating the work of less senior staff, providing for the overall care and maintenance of the collections, attending meetings and workshops 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
- Assists with the development and implementation of programs, strategies and methodologies to increase customer awareness of library resources and appropriate self-sufficiency and monitors the results achieved.
- 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 assigned areas.
- Manages, organizes and maintains materials and equipment under his/her care.
- He/she assesses department needs and initiates preparation of requisitions for equipment, materials and supplies.
- Is responsible for administering all library facilities in the absence of Librarians II or other administrative personnel.
- Prepares statistical and other reports regarding library operations and use.
- 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 resources such as reference specialists, interlibrary loan materials, manual and automated information or resource databases and staff.
- Oversees customers and their use of the library and its resources maintaining the appropriate atmosphere and discipline depending upon the area and the customers being served.
Other Job Functions
- Attends staff and other inter and intra agency meetings to coordinate programs and activities and to increase professional knowledge and skills.
- 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.
Desirable Knowledge, Skills And Abilities
- A well developed knowledge of the principles and practices of library work particularly related to assigned areas of expertise such as reference, circulation or children's services and a strong working knowledge of the library's computerized systems.
- Able to identify customer needs and requirements, initiate the development of policies, procedures, programs and activities to meet those needs and monitor ongoing performance in the attainment of objectives.
- Works in a pleasant and effective manner with customers, co-workers, other departments and agencies.
- Communicates effectively orally, in writing and by listening in the modes of conversation, speaking to small groups, preparing formal and informal written reports and hearing and reading instructions, concerns or customer complaints.
- Has 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 experience and a strong knowledge of automated library systems.
(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.)
This is professional library work related to the developing, organizing, maintenance, and use of the Library's collection. Under the direction of the Head Librarian and/or Assistant Head Librarian may function as the supervisor of one of the Library's Departments: Reference, Children's, Technical Services, or Media. Supervises employees within his/her Department through training, scheduling, assigning work, etc.
- Applies the basic principles of Library Science which are taught as part of the Master's Degree program.
- Performs a variety of professional library duties in carrying out major assignments within the operations of the library system.
- Accepts assignments and is qualified to work in any department within the Library organization.
- Responsible for overseeing applicable clerical procedures and for the training, supervision, and scheduling of assigned library staff. Utilizes current library advances such as computer technology, shared databases, and circulation systems to organize and locate library materials.
- Prepares statistical and informational reports.
- Attends professional meetings and may represent the Library at professional organizations.
- Assumes authority in the absence of the Head Librarian and/or Assistant Head Librarian in accordance with established Library policy.
- Performs related work as required.
If assigned to Reference Department
- Provides professional reference services by assisting patrons in the location and use of various library materials and equipment.
- Uses interlibrary loan or other appropriate referrals to aid and direct patrons.
- Selects materials for inclusion in the collection with emphasis on the reference collection; removes outdated material.
- Oversees the history and genealogy collection: assists patrons in its use and performs limited genealogical searches.
- Promotes library services through tours and programs.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
If assigned to Children's Department
- Provides professional children's services by assisting patrons in the location and use of various juvenile library materials and equipment within the Children's Room.
- Plans and presents programs for children, parents, and schools.
- Selects materials for inclusion in the collection with emphasis on the children's collection; maintains the collection through weeding, binding, etc.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
If assigned to Technical Services Department
- Provides professional services in the cataloging and classification of library materials.
- Utilizes a computerized, shared database and circulation system such as the software developed by the General Accounting and Computing Corporation (GEAC) in order to enter library materials into the database in accordance with established procedures and standards such as the Machine Readable Catalog (MARC) format.
- Selects materials for inclusion in the Library's collection with emphasis on the non-fiction area; maintains the collection through weeding, binding, etc.
- Establishes procedures for dealing with book suppliers: monitors library book account.
- Oversees the procedures for the processing of new materials.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
If assigned to Media Department
- Provides professional media services by assisting patrons in the location and use of various library media materials and equipment.
- Plans and presents programs for adults.
- Selects materials for inclusion in the collection with emphasis on the media collection; maintains the collection through weeding, repairs, etc.
- Provides professional cataloging and classification of media materials in accordance with appropriate media materials systems such as the Alpha numeric system for classifying recordings (ANSCR system).
- Oversees the processing of media materials.
- Resolves media item circulation problems.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills And Abilities
- Professional knowledge of library practices and procedures.
- Knowledge of any specialized field of library science.
- Knowledge of and ability to be trained in the various technological advances in the library profession such as the utilization of computerized equipment and computer applications.
- Ability to meet the public tactfully.
- Ability to work with fellow employees.
- Ability to supervise assigned personnel.
- Master's Degree in Library Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association is required.
- One year of professional library experience is required; additional professional experience desired.
Civil Service Commission
City of Milford, CT
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