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Librarian I Continuous Recruitment Exam

City of Rochester
Full Time 810 E Ferry St, Buffalo, NY 14211, United States


General Description

This is an entry-level position for library school graduates. Employees in this class are expected to learn the specific applications of professional training by the performance of duties under the general supervision of professional librarians in higher level positions. Instructions may be issued at the beginning of each new assignment. Employees in this class are assigned work progressively more difficult as their experience in the field broadens. Supervision may be exercised over Library Assistants, Clerks, Pages and Volunteers. Related work is performed as required.

Typical Work Activities

Provides reference and reader's advisory services and instruction to library users;
Performs original cataloging and classification and record editing;
Performs collection development by recommending titles for purchase and/or deletion;
Plans and implements library programs for adults or children;
Compiles bibliographies and functions as subject specialist;
Performs on-line database searches, and search training;
Serves as a liaison for library services to community groups or other libraries;
Designs and produces public relations and library instruction materials;
Prepares statistical and/or narrative reports, memoranda and correspondence;
Supervises the work of clerical, paraprofessional and volunteer personnel in assigned tasks;
Keeps informed of professional developments through participation in professional organizations, system meetings, workshops, continuing education courses and reading professional materials;
May be assigned to drive the Bookmobile.

Minimum Qualifications

Masters degree* in Librarianship from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department as following accepted education practices.

NOTE: Some universities have renamed their programs and no longer designate the degree as a Masters in Librarianship. Contact the New York State Library's Division of Library Development for assistance.

*Candidates who expect to receive this degree or diploma by August 1, 2024, may participate in the examination. If successful on the examination, you will not be certified for appointment until you have submitted proof of completion of the requirements to the City of Rochester Examination Administration unit. Proof must be submitted no later than 2 (two) months after the completion of your degree or diploma; failure to do so will result in removal of your name from this list.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian's professional certificate at time of application. Possession of certificate at time of appointment. For information on obtaining a New York State Public Librarian's Professional certificate, log on to or contact the New York State Library Division of Library Development at: Public Librarian Certification The State Education Department Division of Library Development Cultural Education Center - Room 10B41 Albany, New York 12230( 518) 474-7890

***If assigned to the Bookmobile, must possess a valid New York State Class D driver's license at time of assignment. This license must be maintained throughout assignment to drive the Bookmobile.

Exam Information

There will be no written or oral test for this examination.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will receive a rating based upon an evaluation of your training and experience against the duties of the position. 

Candidates must first complete an examination application and return it to the Department of Human Resource Management, 30 Church Street, Room 103-A, Rochester, NY 14614 on or before the last filing date. The application is also available online at:  

Approved candidates will be sent a notice containing directions to a website address needed to complete a Training and Experience Questionnaire (T&E).  

Candidates who fail to submit a questionnaire will not receive a rating.

There will be no further test components in this examination.  It is from the rating of this questionnaire that the candidates will receive their final score and eligibility ranking.

RATING:  This examination will be rated in accordance with Section 23.2 of the Civil Service Law.  The provision of the NYS Civil Service Rules and Regulations dealing with the rating of examinations will apply to this exam.

WEIGHT:   The rating of the Training and Experience Questionnaire will contribute 100% to the final score.

CONTINUOUS RECRUITMENT ELIGIBLE LISTS:  Passing scores received by candidates will be merged with passing scores of future candidates as new tests are given.  Eligibility will be effective for a period of one year each time a candidate successfully completes an exam. The Municipal Civil Service Commission reserves the right to establish cut-off dates for testing as needs require.

For full-time employees:
The City of Rochester offers a complete benefits package to full-time employees including health care, dental, vision, retirement, deferred compensation plans, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, long-term disability, holidays, vacation, and sick leave.

For less-than full-time employees:
The City of Rochester offers numerous growth opportunities to include the potential to transition into full-time, permanent employment.

Do you have a Masters degree in Librarianship, or expect to receive this degree or diploma by August 1, 2024?
  • No
  • Yes

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