The New Jersey State Library (NJSL) seeks a dynamic, collaborative, service-oriented librarian proficient in research (legal research is desirable) with strong interpersonal, analytical and communication skills to join the State Library Information Center's Law Library. Under direction, the successful candidate will provide high quality legal reference and research service for state government employees and assist all constituencies served by the New Jersey State Library. Responsibilities will also include, but are not limited to, participating in the compilation and digitization of New Jersey legislative histories; adding and updating content to the Law Library's web pages; developing research guides; providing technology assistance; creating and presenting webinars, tutorials and classes on legal resources and services; conducting library tours; promoting library services and collections; and working on special projects.
Examples of Work:
NOTE: Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: -Provides accurate, timely and courteous reference service to all constituencies served by the New Jersey State Library. -Guides library customers in the navigation of legal databases and the library's website. -Maintains standards for excellent customer service. -Does the work involved in reviewing, selecting, purchasing, classifying and maintaining print and electronic resources in subject specific areas or collections with a focus on the needs of the primary communities served by the New Jersey State Library Information Center. -Develops and conducts training for library customers and staff in the use of law-related library resources. -Writes about and describes library materials, services and training for the web site and other information outlets. -Creates and maintains research guides. -Utilizes and may administer various types of software and electronic information systems in use throughout the Library. -Operates library computers and equipment and can assist others with their use. -Resolves library customer concerns. -Participates on library committees and teams. -Participates in meetings and gives talks before professional and public groups. -Develops and conducts programs geared to stimulate library use, promote electronic subject specialty resources, and inform the community of library services. -Prepares accurate and informative statistical, subject, and other reports containing findings, conclusions, and recommendations. -Drafts correspondence. -Maintains library records and files.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
-Ability to conduct effective reference interviews and suggest legal resources without giving legal advice. -Ability to direct patrons in the use of specialized legal materials in print format. -Knowledge of electronic resources and the ability to search them successfully. -Knowledge of library techniques and tools used to gather data and information; the ability to recognize resources by bibliographic methods; to locate information in specific sources; to assemble ideas from scattered sources; and to deliver requested information to state departments, state government officers, other libraries and the general public in a timely and courteous manner. -Demonstrated commitment to customer service. -Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills. -Ability to work collaboratively and cooperatively. -Strong organizational and time management skills demonstrating attention to detail, flexibility, initiative and resourcefulness. -Ability to deliver well-organized and clear instruction or presentations to individuals or groups about library resources and services and the use of research methods and tools. -Ability to employ technology and social media skills in innovative applications. -Ability to prepare clear, accurate and informative statistical, financial and other library reports containing findings, conclusions and recommendations. -Ability to prepare clear, error-free correspondence. -Ability to establish and maintain essential records and files. -Ability to use standard software products for email, spreadsheets, word processing, Internet access, and library system functions as used by the New Jersey State Library.
Possession of or eligibility for a professional librarian certificate issued by Thomas Edison State University.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential duties of the position.
This is a Non-Competitive title, no permanent state status is required.
Please note: Applicants will be asked to make a 5 minute presentation on a topic of their choice.
NOTE: Closing date for receiving resumes will be: September 28, 2017
Resumes and Applications for this position will only be accepted online at http://careers.tesu.edu until the position is filled.
New Jersey State Library, an affiliate of Thomas Edison State University, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer
Thomas Edison State College was established by the State of New Jersey and chartered by the New Jersey Board of Higher Education in 1972. The College was founded for the purpose of providing diverse and alternative methods of achieving a collegiate education of the highest quality for mature adults.