• Full Time
  • Cranford, NJ
  • Salary: Commensurate with Experience - Meets NJLA Minimum Standards

Website Cranford Public Library

The Cranford Public Library is accepting applications for the title of Principal Librarian to serve as Head of the Reference Department, a full-time position. The work week is 35 hours, including evening and weekend hours. The library is located in Union County and is a member of the Libraries of Union County Consortium and MURAL (Middlesex Union Reciprocal Agreement Libraries).Under general supervision of the Director, the Head of Reference will supervise staff and oversee the provision of a variety of library services primarily to adults and young adults. The ideal candidate will have professional knowledge of and experience with librarianship theories, principles, and practices, as well as management/supervisory skills.


Under supervision of the Director, supervises Librarians, Library Associates, Library Assistants, Library Pages, Volunteers, and other positions in the Reference Department including scheduling and training.
Attends applicable interviews for new hires and promotions and makes recommendations for same.
Performs supervisory duties, including but not limited to conducting performance evaluations on assigned staff and recommendations for disciplinary action.
Coordinates the provision of Reference and Reader’s Advisory Service to the public, including staffing and scheduling library workers at the Reference Desk and Young Adult Desk.
Acquires library materials, including reference, nonfiction, young adult and non-English collections, taking into consideration priority needs and budget limitations, as head of a development team.
Coordinates staffing, assistance and training for the library’s Computer Lab, and works with library staff and external IT contractors to maintain, update and upgrade hardware and software.
Develops, conducts and delegates library programs for adults and young adults that are responsive to community needs and feedback, including films, tours, talks, cultural events and other relevant subjects.
Instructs library patrons in the effective use of print and non-print reference sources as well as use of library equipment; describes or demonstrates procedures for searching catalog files and shelf collections to obtain materials.
Coordinates outreach efforts to external organizations, including membership drives, offsite training and public speaking as necessary.
Coordinates projects, shifts, renovations and construction in the Library’s Reference Area.
Manages review and weeding of library collections of books and other assigned materials utilizing library weeding guidelines.
Manages Adult and Young Adult Summer Reading programs.
Manages processing of interlibrary loans.
Prepares reading lists and bibliographies for public distribution.
Evaluates the needs of the Library in determining Library policy, procedures and future direction of the Library.
Attends seminars and meetings of professional and technical groups or organizations for the purpose of keeping current with developments in the field of librarianship.
Reads professional literature to keep abreast of current trends; exchanges ideas, information, and opinions with Director to formulate policies, procedures, programs for service improvements.
Prepares drafts of publicity, news releases and flyers.
Answers a wide range of reference questions of varying degree of difficulty.
May be in-charge of Library building and staff; may need to re-schedule and reassign staff as required.
May compile statistical data and periodically compose narrative reports showing plans, programs, problems or accomplishments of the work assigned.
Performs other duties as required.
Handles special projects as assigned by the Director

At least five years of experience working in roles of increasing responsibility in a public library environment, including management of staff, scheduling, programming and training. Experience with integrated library system software is required (experience with Polaris ILS software preferred).

A Master’s degree in Library or Information Science and possession of or qualified to obtain, a Professional Librarian Certificate issued by Thomas Edison State College.

Possession of or the qualifications to acquire a valid license as Professional Librarian issued by the appropriate department within the State of New Jersey.  If appointee does not have a license at the time of appointment, proof must be shown that one has been applied for within the first three months of the appointment.

Ability to interact with library users successfully and familiarity with literature and audio-visual materials.
Ability to provide assignments and instructions to staff and supervise the performance of their work.
Ability to train staff and participate in consultative or in-service training programs.
Ability to select, organize, and evaluate library materials, provide direction for growth of the Library’s collections, and to locate information in specific sources and assemble information from scattered sources.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with coworkers and other interested parties, to demonstrate teamwork skills and work both independently and as part of a larger group.
Ability to prepare reports.
Ability to supervise the maintenance of records and files.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communicate in English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
Strong customer service and technology skills, creativity, flexibility, and a sense of humor.

Salary is commensurate with experience and meets NJLA minimum standards for the position. This is a full-time position which includes medical, dental and prescription benefits, and a generous paid time off package.

Please send a resume, cover letter, and three references to Library Director Michael Maziekien by email (m-maziekien@cranfordnj.org) with “Principal Librarian” in the subject line. This position will remain open until filled. The Cranford Public Library is an ADA compliant/EOE employer.

To apply for this job email your details to m-maziekien@cranfordnj.org