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Librarian I

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City of Rochester, New York


Rochester, NY

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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, 2018, 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.


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.

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.

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. The application is also available online at

When an exam is scheduled, approved candidates will be sent a notice containing directions to a website address needed to complete a Training and Experience Questionnaire (T&E). The notice will indicate the dates the Training and Experience Questionnaire is available online and the deadline date for submission.

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.

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.

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.

General Information:

Applications can be obtained from Room 103A City Hall, 30 Church St., Rochester, NY 14614-1280 or from our website A separate application must be completed for each separately numbered examination. Applications must be complete and accurate.

Application Fee: An Examination Application Fee is charged for the City of Rochester to process a candidate's examination application. It is not a fee for the examination itself. Exam applications will NOT be reviewed until the exam fee is paid. Late fees will NOT be accepted.

Payment of Application fee is due at time of application. There will be no refund of fees if a candidate does not qualify for an exam or if a candidate fails to appear for the examination.

Change of Address: You are required to notify Civil Service of any address changes. Failure to do so may result in your removal from an eligible list.

Admission to the Exam: If you have not received notification of acceptance or rejection for this exam by the Wednesday before the exam date, please notify this office at 428-7599.

Eligible Lists: The names of passing candidates will be inter-filed on the eligible list in rank order of final scores.

Residency Requirements: There is no residency requirement for participation in examinations. Preference in hiring may be given to City of Rochester residents on open-competitive lists pursuant to Section 23 of the Civil Service Law.

Military Candidates: Any candidate on active military duty in the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force or Coast Guard may be eligible for alternative testing dates if necessary. This applies to the State Militia and National Guard if under Federal Control. If alternate testing is necessary, candidates are required to notify Rochester Civil Service in writing, as quickly as possible. Any such requests must be accompanied by a DD214 or other official military document that substantiates the applicant's active military service at the time of the examination. Alternate testing accommodations will not be honored if requests are made more than 60 days after release from service.

Effective 1/1/98, the State Constitution was amended to permit candidates currently in the armed forces to apply for and be conditionally granted veteran's credit in examinations. Any candidate who applies for such credit must provide proof of military status to receive the conditional credit. No credit may be granted after the establishment of the list. It is the responsibility of the candidate to provide appropriate documentary proof indicating that the service was in time of war, as defined in Section 85 of Civil Service Law, and that the candidate received an honorable discharge or was released under honorable conditions in order to be certified at a score including veteran's credits.

Veterans: Veterans or disabled veterans who are eligible for additional credits must submit an application for veteran's credit with their application for examination or at any time between the dates of their examination and the date of the establishment of the resulting eligible list. This period of time will not be less than 60 days from the final filing date of application for this examination. Evidence of military discharge (DD-214) must be filed with the form. Applications for Veteran's credit are available from this office. Veterans credits can only be added to a passing score on the examination. You may waive credits any time prior to appointment. If you have already used these credits for appointment, you may not claim them.

Additional Exam Credits: In conformance with section 85-a of the Civil Service Law, children of firefighters and police officers killed in the line of duty shall be entitled to receive an additional ten points in a competitive examination for original appointment in the same municipality in which his or her parent has served. If you are qualified to participate in this examination and are a child of a firefighter or police officer killed in the line of duty in this municipality, please inform this office of this matter when you submit your application for examination. A candidate claiming such credit has a minimum of two months from the application deadline to provide the necessary documentation to verify additional credit eligibility. However, no credit may be added after the eligible list has been established.

Alternate Testing Arrangements: If alternate or special arrangements for testing are required, please indicate that on your application and attach appropriate documentation. A copy of the City of Rochester's Alternate Test Policy is available in Room 103A, City Hall, or from our website.

Preferred List Applicants: Any employee whose name appears on a preferred list, and who submits an application by the deadline, may participate in a promotion examination, if qualified at time of layoff.

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