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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES OF THE CLASS This is a pre-professional position involving responsibility for learning library procedures, techniques, and skills under professional guidance and for successful completion of an acceptable graduate program. As a trainee progresses in professional ability and skills, they may be assigned increased professional responsibilities and some supervisory responsibilities over the work of nonprofessionals. Upon the successful completion of the one‑year training program, the employee is promoted to the full performance position of Librarian I without further examination. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Receives On‑The‑Job Training and Classroom/Workshop Instruction in and assists with:
  • Library informational, reference, and referral services;
  • Advisory and guidance services;
  • Cataloguing and classification of library materials;
  • Compiling booklists;
  • Preparing library exhibits and displays;
  • Conducting book talks, multimedia programs, story and picture book hours, and liaison activities with community groups;
  • Supervising of library pages and other nonprofessional personnel;
  • Performs a variety of related activities as required.

Typical Work Activities are intended only as illustrations of possible types of work that might be appropriately assigned to an incumbent of this title. Work activities that do not appear above are not excluded as appropriate work assignments, as long as they can be reasonably understood to be within the logical limits of the job.

FULL PERFORMANCE KNOWLEDGES, SKILLS, ABILITIES AND PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS Ability to learn, interpret and apply new information; ability to perform as a team member in the planning and implementation of automation or other library programs; ability to think critically to understand the needs of library patrons and groups and to learn to prescribe information or materials accordingly; ability to carry out library policies and procedures; ability to read and comprehend library literature and research; ability to express ideas clearly and effectively both orally and in writing to groups and individuals; ability to learn rapidly; Skill and accuracy in the performance of technical library tasks; initiative; resourcefulness; good judgment; orderliness; accuracy; tact and courtesy in dealing with staff and public.


Bachelor's degree.

PLEASE NOTE: Your degree must have been awarded by a college or university accredited by a regional, national, or specialized agency recognized as an accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education/U.S. Secretary of Education.


  1. At the time of application, evidence of eligibility for acceptance in a graduate program, completion of which meets requirements of NYCRR Title 8, §90.7 to qualify the applicant for a New York State public librarian's professional certificate.
  2. Trainee status may continue for up to four (4) years providing that the trainee is enrolled in a graduate program which meets the requirements of NYCRR Title 8, §90.7 to qualify the applicant for a New York State public librarian's professional certificate during that time.


7/90; 9/97; 1/09; 3/10; 7/23

Competitive Class

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to administer, in a fair and equitable manner, the provisions of New York State Civil Service Law and Putnam County Civil Service Rules with respect to the offices and employments in the classified service of Putnam County and the civil divisions therein, which include the towns, villages, school districts, libraries and special districts.

It is Putnam County Personnel Department’s responsibility to ensure Putnam County taxpayers of a public workforce qualified for their jobs pursuant to the principles of selection according to merit and fitness as set forth in Article 5, §6 of the New York State Constitution.

  • Paul Eldridge

    Personnel Officer

Putnam County Office Building

40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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