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City of Torrance
Class Code: 1625

Class Designation: Civil Service

September 1998

Representation Unit: Torrance Professional &
Supervisory Association


Senior Librarian


Under direction, manages a branch library or specialized library function; plans, organizes and supervises the activities of subordinate personnel; performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics

The Senior Librarian is the supervisory level class in the professional librarian series. Senior Librarian is distinguished from the Librarian in that the Librarian is not responsible for the operation of a branch library or specialized library function. Senior Librarian is distinguished from the Library Services Manager in that the incumbent does not have administrative responsibility over a major division of the library. Incumbents perform a full range of complex tasks and works under direction within a framework of established procedures. Work is judged primarily on overall results with great latitude in determining work methods and assignment requirements. Work may require the development of recommendations consistent with directives, policies and regulations.

Supervision Exercised/Received:

Receives direction from the Library Services Manager and exercises direct supervision over assigned library personnel and activities.

Examples of Essential Duties

The following duties represent the principal job duties; however, they are not all-inclusive.
  • Plans, schedules and supervises library staff and activities of a branch library or a specialized library function.
  • Supervises library staff; supervisory duties include instructing, assigning, planning and reviewing work, evaluating work performance and completing performance evaluations, coordinating activities, maintaining standards, allocating personnel, acting on employee problems, selecting new employees and implementing employee discipline. Providing training, advice and assistance as needed.
  • Provides reference and reader's advisory service and instruction in the use of the library to patrons.
  • Interacts with patrons in a courteous and professional manner and defuses potentially volatile or sensitive situations to ensure quality customer service.
  • Reviews and selects print, electronic and other non-print materials.
  • Manages budget for assigned branch or specialized library function.
  • Participates in book selection and reader reviews.
  • Assists Library Services Manager in preparing program budget.
  • Makes recommendation to supervisor regarding programming, budget, policies and general supervision.
  • Maintains records and prepares reports.
  • Prepares bibliographies.
  • Ensures the proper maintenance of library facilities.
  • Oversees the development of displays, exhibits, brochures and news releases promoting library materials and services.
  • Makes public presentations and represents the library before groups.
  • Represents the Department through participation in various community, youth services or professional organizations.
  • In addition to the above, if assigned to Youth Services:
  • Plans and organizes services and materials for youth from preschool through high school.
  • Establishes and coordinates school and library services.
  • Prepares and presents book talks, storytelling and special programs.
  • In addition to the above, if assigned to Support Services:
  • Monitors and makes recommendations regarding library automation activities.
  • Organizes training and supervises staff in the proper maintenance and operation of computer software, hardware and peripherals.
  • 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 or conducts meetings as required.
  • Keeps abreast of changing trends and technology in public library operations.
  • Performs routine circulation, reference and other library duties as necessary.
  • Performs related duties as required.
  • Qualification Guidelines

    Knowledge of
  • Principles and practices of public librarianship.
  • 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.
  • Principals of withdrawal and weeding of library materials.
  • Inter-library systems.
  • Library programs appropriate for all segments of the community.
  • Automation techniques applicable to library operations.
  • Personal computers and peripheral equipment including operating systems and software currently in use by the City.
  • Basic computer operations functions, data communications equipment and networks.
  • Modern office practices and equipment.
  • City policies and procedures affecting library operations.
  • Principles of supervision, training and employee relations.
  • 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 children, if applicable.
  • Library services and materials for children with special needs, if applicable.
  • Ability to
  • Plan, organize and direct a branch library or specialized library function.
  • Prepare extensive bibliographies.
  • Use specialized reference and research materials to resolve research problems.
  • Prepare and present public library programs for adults and/or children.
  • Prepare and recommend preliminary budgetary information.
  • Prepare and present accurate and timely reports.
  • Plan, assign, supervise, train and evaluate personnel.
  • Evaluate books and non-print materials for adults and children.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with City employees, City Commissioners, public officials, private and community organizations and the public.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Make effective public presentations.
  • Establish rapport and work effectively with patrons of all ages and ability levels, if applicable.
  • Utilize a computer and a variety of office machinery.
  • Follow oral and written instructions.
  • 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 and three years of professional public library experience in area of responsibility.

    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 sedentary to light work involving stooping and bending, and 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 would serve toward meeting the minimum requirements for promotion to Library Programs Manager.