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Senior Librarian




Senior Librarian [Teen Services] Open:  10/23/12

Brick Branch

Close: 11/02/12


$46,000 per annum


  • A Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited library school; or from a New Jersey library school accredited by the New Jersey State Board of Education.
  • A New Jersey Professional Librarian certificate (or ability to obtain one within 1 year of employment)
  • Mastery of the core competencies for librarians of the New Jersey Library Association
  • One year of professional librarian experience
  • This is a NJ Civil Service position. The successful candidate will be provisionally appointed to the Senior Librarian title. Subsequently, he or she will be required to complete the New Jersey Civil Service Commission examination process and be within reach on the resulting certificate of eligibles in order to receive permanent appointment in the title. Failure to successfully complete the process may result in removal from the position.


Customer Service Philosophy: Ocean County Library connects people and builds community. The library is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for all customers.

General Description: Librarian is an entry-level position, which moves into the classification of Senior Librarian upon the successful completion of one year’s employment. The Librarian/Senior Librarian serves as part of the branch team in providing service to all customers, but may specialize in youth services, teen services, or information services. Under the direction of the Branch Manager, the Librarian/Senior Librarian plans, organizes, and evaluates programs in accordance with the Ocean County Library Mission, Goals, Standards, Diversity Plan, and Strategic Plan. This includes community outreach, participating in System-wide committees and initiatives, and attending staff or departmental meetings.

The Librarian/Senior Librarian provides Reference and Readers’ Advisory services, speaks to groups and community organizations, and champions the Diversity Initiative for inclusive service to the public. The Librarian/Senior Librarian maintains a popular, inviting collection, deselects worn, out of date, or unused items, and communicates with System Selectors to meet local collection needs. In addition, the Librarian/Senior Librarian may provide database or other technology-related instruction to staff and public, singly or in groups.

Teen Services: The Librarian/Senior Librarian for teen services understands adolescent development, has a good rapport with teens, is familiar with classic and contemporary teen literature, and provides programs from upper elementary school through high school. The Librarian/Senior Librarian provides outreach to students and teachers, gives book talks, and is able to generate excitement about reading and library services to customers, which may include at risk youth and youth in detention centers.


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of theories, principles, and techniques of leadership
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing clearly, concisely, and informatively
  • Ability to prepare informative statistical and narrative reports
  • Ability to work harmoniously with peers, subordinates, and customers
  • Ability to understand and follow Ocean County Library policies, procedures, and collective bargaining agreements
  • Ability to meet or exceed Ocean County Library’s Reference Competencies 1, 2, and 3
  • Knowledge of current trends in librarianship and ability to keep current with available electronic resources

Application Process
You must send:

  1. Ocean County Library Employment Application
  2. Résumé
  3. Cover letter

Send application packages to:
Ocean County Library (Attn: J. Doderer, OHR)
101 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08753-7625
or e-mail as a word document or PDF to:

Note: Please include announcement number on all application materials

Special note: Residency Requirements - New Jersey First Act - Be advised, the New Jersey First Act, P.L. 2011, c.70, effective September 1, 2011, requires all employees of State and local government reside in the State of New Jersey, unless exempted under the law. If you already work for State or local government as of September 1, 2011, and you do not live in New Jersey, you are not required to move to New Jersey. However, if you begin your office, position or employment on September 1, 2011 or later, you must reside in New Jersey. If you do not reside in New Jersey, you have one year after the date you take your office, position or employment to relocate your residence to New Jersey. If you do not do so, you are subject to removal from your office, position or employment. Questions regarding the exemption process should be directed to the Employee Residency Review Committee at (609) 777-2960.

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The Ocean County Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to workforce diversity.




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