Substitute Librarian, Trenton Public Library, Trenton

This position is specifically an "as needed" basis. The person would be contacted by our library when we would need a librarian to "fill-in" when necessary. The job description is as follows:
Under supervision, functions at the entry level of the professional 
librarian class of jobs providing a variety of library services; performs 
related duties as required.

NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative 
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not perform 
all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely, all duties 
performed on the job may not be listed.

NOTE: Incumbents may be required to complete cross-training 
in one or more of the following specializations: Children's Services, 
Reference Services, Technical Services.


  • Assists patrons in finding desired information or resources and furnishes information on library activities, facilities and services.
  • Provides reader services responsive to user needs such as compiling bibliographies and reading lists.
  • Provides research services, answering reference questions and explaining the use and availability of reference sources in all appropriate formats. 
  • Provides bibliographic instruction using print, electronic and online resources.
  • Assists public and staff in making effective use of library equipment and provides formal training and instruction in the effective use of electronic resources.
  • May be assigned to special projects related to Library work.
  • Reviews collections to develop or discard/discontinue; assists in the selection and evaluation of resources for delivery in the most appropriate format; may recommend the purchase or rental of library supplies/materials, taking into consideration priority needs and budget limitations.
  • Exchanges ideas, information, and opinions with supervisors to formulate policies, procedures, programs, etc. to provide high quality services.. 
  • May provide instruction and technical expertise to nonprofessional and paraprofessional staff.
  • Prepares clear, accurate and informative narrative and statistical reports.
  • Maintains files and records.
  • Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.

A Master's degree in Library or Information Sciences in a library program accredited by the American Library Association or from a New Jersey College Master's program in Library Science that has been deemed acceptable by Thomas Edison State University.

Appointees may be required to possess a valid certification as a Professional Librarian issued by Thomas Edison State University. 


  • Knowledge of theories, objectives, principles, and techniques of librarianship.
  • Knowledge of Library Classification Systems.
  • Knowledge of form, content, and use of bibliographies and book lists. 
  • Ability to appropriately organize library materials, including files, books, periodicals, digital media, etc.
  • Ability to keep informed of current theories, objectives, principles, and techniques of librarianship; and adapt to modern technology, 
  • library trends and innovations.
  • Ability to keep informed of current events, and popular and local culture.
  • Ability to work with professional associations toward the improvement of methods and techniques of library services.
  • Ability to think critically and creatively to solve problems and implement ideas. 
  • Ability to work harmoniously, creatively and collaboratively with others.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and share knowledge with others using oral, written and electronic communication skills.
  • Ability to integrate current technology into areas of service to perform duties.
  • Ability to practice effective customer service skills to best determine patrons' needs.
  • Ability to train and assist public with communications, technology literacy and all information resources.
  • Ability to comprehend the specific problems and functions of a library and to select appropriate materials for the use of the unit concerned. 
  • Ability to analyze, comprehend and use current approved public library standards, methods and techniques. 
  • Ability to promote and foster public access to information, and assist patrons in developing technology literacy.
  • Ability to provide instruction and technical expertise to nonprofessional and paraprofessional staff may be required.
  • Ability to give appropriate instruction to nonprofessional and paraprofessional staff in the use of the library and its resources and in basic research methods.
  • Ability to prepare clear, sound, accurate, and informative statistical, financial, and other library reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations.
  • Ability to establish and maintain essential library records and files.
  • Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the agency, office, or related units.
  • Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position. American Sign 
  • Language or Braille may also be considered as acceptable forms of communication.
  • Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long as they can perform essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation. If the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
Job Application Deadline: 
Saturday, June 1, 2019
MLS or Library School Required: 
NJ County (If Applicable): 
Job Focus: 
Public/Adult Services
$30.23 per hour This position does not come with benefit as it is on an "as need basis"..
How To Apply:: 

Please forward your resume, cover letter and references to: Patricia Hall at