Established: 10/73
Revised: 3/90, 5/09, 12/10, 4/15
FLSA: Exempt
EEO: 2



Under general direction, to provide professional library services of a complex or technical nature; may act as a lead worker of a major or functional area overseeing the activities within the section; and to do other work as required.


The Librarian classification is primarily oriented to performing professional library functions, which require independent judgment and application of accepted, current library work methods, techniques and professional standards. Library services and programs are designed to assist in the selection of and provide the general community with books, documents, pamphlets and other materials for reading and research, reference purposes or general recreation and information.

The Librarian is distinguished from the Library Assistant series by its more complex, technical assignments, which require professional training and independent judgment.


Duties may include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Classifies and catalogues the more difficult print and non-print materials using various reference sources, assigning subject headings, and determining the most accurate cross references and descriptive notes; makes changes or additions to existing classification scheme.
  2. Performs difficult or technical reference and readers' advisory service; performs on-line reference searches in state, national and commercial bibliographic databases; may assist patrons in selection of books.
  3. May act as the lead worker for a specific functional area overseeing the work of and providing assistance to subordinate staff; may have responsibility for training, assigning and scheduling work of subordinate staff
  4. Responsible for or participates in maintenance and/or customization of library software which is used for cataloguing, online access (OPAC), acquisitions, and serials; supports and trains staff in the use of the software; documents training materials; maintains online webpages or web site as assigned.
  5. Recommends library materials for purchases based on patrons' needs or individual requests; assists patrons in the use of library tools and services; develops programs and activities that inform the public on library services.
  6. Oversees the processing of materials for circulation.
  7. Participates and serves on various committees; attends professional conferences and meetings; maintains statistical and other records; prepares monthly, annual or special reports as required.


Thorough knowledge of: Principles and practices of librarianship including cataloguing, reference and bibliography; library facilities and services; library programs and their relationship to community needs.

Working knowledge of: Principles of library organization and administration; standard books, periodicals, reference, bibliographic works and their general contents; concepts and techniques for prioritizing and organizing work; principles and techniques of supervision and training; enterprise library computer systems, library website design and maintenance, and software programs such as word processing, spreadsheets, and specialized library databases such as OCLC or licensed electronic resources; Unix scripting language; library automation trends and technologies.

Skill to: Analyze a wide variety of problems related to library service and recommend effective action; perform difficult reference or cataloguing work; research and incorporate national trends in cataloging reference or other library specialties; recommend books to fill the needs of the community serviced and of individual patrons; meet and work with the public effectively; analyze statistical records and prepare reports; operate office equipment and computer software including specialized library databases, enterprise library systems, and website administrative maintenance, including HTML and Cascading Stylesheets; communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; organize and oversee the work assignments of subordinate staff; establish and maintain effective working relationships.


Position requires shelving books onto shelves (above and below shoulder height), continuous walking/moving about, standing for extended periods, squatting, bending, kneeling and frequent reaching; ability to lift 35 pounds; incumbents may be exposed to a variety of environmental elements, including dust.


Positions within Business and Community Services Department must successfully pass a criminal history check, which may include national or state fingerprint records check.

Employment for these positions is contingent upon passing a post-offer physical assessment. Accommodation requests will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with state and federal legislation.

Driving may be necessary for County business. For position(s) with occasional/incidental driving, incumbents must possess a valid driver's license. Accommodation requests for an acceptable alternative method of transportation will be reviewed on an individual basis in compliance with State and Federal legislation. For position(s) with regular driving, incumbent(s) must also possess and maintain an acceptable driving record throughout the course of employment.


A master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) or any satisfactory combination of experience and training that demonstrates the required knowledge and skills.

Edited: 2/16