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Personnel Department


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. Performs related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Learns and assists in:
    • 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 Skill and accuracy in the performance of technical library tasks; 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; initiative; resourcefulness; good judgment; orderliness; accuracy; tact and courtesy in dealing with staff and public.


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 an American Library Association accredited graduate program during that time.


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

Competitive Class

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Putnam County Personnel Department

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  • Address:

    Donald B. Smith
    County Government Campus
    110 Old Route 6, Building 3
    Carmel, NY 10512

  • Phone:

    845-808-1650 x46104

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  • Hours of Operation
  • Monday through Friday
    8:00am - 5:00pm
  • Summer Hours
    (mid-June through mid-September)
  • Monday through Friday
    8:00am - 4:00pm

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40 Gleneida Avenue
Carmel, New York 10512

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