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City of Torrance
Class Code: 1623

Class Designation: Civil Service

October 1998

Representation Unit: Torrance Library Employees Association




Under direction, performs professional level library work in a branch library or a specialized library function within the main library and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Librarian is the journey level class in the professional librarian series. The Librarian is distinguished from the Senior Librarian in that the incumbent is not primarily responsible for the supervision of subordinate staff or primarily responsible for the entire operation of a branch library or a specialized library function. The Librarian is distinguished from the Library Assistant II in the level and scope of responsibility exercised and expertise required. Incumbents perform a full range of complex tasks and work within a framework of established procedures with only occasional instruction or assistance. Work is reviewed upon completion and for overall results. Work involves frequent interpretation of policies, procedures and guidelines, and may involve development of recommendations consistent with directives, policies and regulations.

Supervision Exercised/Received

Receives direction from the Senior Librarian. May provide functional supervision to new or lower-level employees, but this task is ancillary to the primary focus of the classification.

Examples of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all-inclusive.
  • Provides reference and reader's advisory service and instruction in the use of the library to patrons.
  • Prepares bibliographies.
  • Surveys library holdings and maintains certain subject areas of the materials collection and special collections; makes recommendations for purchase of materials, weeding and replacement as appropriate.
  • Selects and orders audiovisual materials.
  • Reviews and recommends books and other materials for collection.
  • May perform original cataloging of library materials, including determination of subject entries, classification, form of author entry and suitable explanatory notes.
  • May present storytelling, booktalks and other special public programs; may conduct class orientations, school visits or tours of the library.
  • Prepares oral and written book reviews.
  • Develops displays, exhibits, brochures and news releases promoting library materials and services.
  • Participates in cooperative projects with outside organizations, schools, libraries, etc.
  • Reconciles cash received by Library department, processes paperwork and forwards to Finance department.
  • Prepares monthly reports and statistics on library use.
  • Interacts with patrons in a courteous and professional manner and defuses potentially volatile or sensitive situations to ensure quality customer service.
  • Registers patrons; handles reserves and performs other routine library work as necessary.
  • May assume responsibility for a Branch library or section of the library in the absence of Senior Librarian.
  • May assign, review and coordinate the work of subordinate personnel; assists in training lower-level personnel.
  • Examples of Other Duties

    The following duties represent duties that are generally performed by this position, but are not considered to be principal job duties:
  • Attends workshops and meetings as required.
  • Keeps abreast of changing trends and technology in public library operations.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Principles and practices of public librarianship.
  • Cataloging procedures and practices.
  • Principles of classification.
  • Bibliographies and reference materials.
  • Non-print materials, audio-visual procedures and techniques.
  • Tools and methods for evaluating and selecting books and other library materials for general audiences, and for youth, if applicable.
  • Reading guidance techniques for a public library.
  • Withdrawal and weeding of library materials.
  • Inter-library systems.
  • Library programs appropriate for all segments of the community.
  • Automation techniques applicable to library operations.
  • Modern office practices and equipment.
  • City policies and procedures affecting library operations.
  • Public relations and customer service techniques.
  • Developments in childhood education and library involvement, if applicable.
  • Methods of conducting storytelling, book talks and instruction in library use for youth, if applicable.
  • Library services to and materials for children with special needs, if applicable.
  • Ability to
  • Prepare extensive bibliographies.
  • Use specialized reference and research materials to respond to research inquiries.
  • Prepare and present public library programs for adults and/or youth.
  • Prepare and present accurate and timely reports.
  • Evaluate books and non-print materials for adults and youth.
  • Catalog, classify and assign subject headings, if applicable.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, public officials, private and community organizations, and the public.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Establish rapport and work effectively with children of all ages and ability levels, if applicable.
  • Utilize a computer and a variety of office machinery.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • Learn and utilize new skills and information to improve job performance and efficiency.
  • License or Certificate

    None required.

    Education and Experience

    Any combination of education and experience that would have provided the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:
    A Master of Library Science degree from an ALA accredited college or university, or a Bachelor's degree plus twenty-four units of graduate work in Library Science, or a Bachelor's degree plus three years of professional library experience. Assignments as a Cataloger or Youth Services Librarian must have either an academic concentration or experience in that respective field.

    Special Requirements

    Performance of the essential duties of this position includes the following physical demands and/or working conditions:
    Requires the ability to exert a small amount of physical effort in light work involving stooping and bending, and carrying items weighing up to 10lbs; moving from one area of the office to another; sufficient hand/eye coordination to perform skilled repetitive movements, such as the use of calculators or other office equipment and supplies. May require the ability to climb ladders or step stools, push or pull book carts, lift and carry books or move boxes of materials of considerable weight from one location to another. Tasks require visual perception and discrimination and oral communications ability. Tasks are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

    Career Ladder Information

    Experience gained in this classification may serve to meet the minimum requirements for promotion to Senior Librarian.