Library Clerk 2

Grade 09

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Career Ladder

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  1. Library Clerk 2

    Grade 09

  2. Library Clerk 3

    Grade 14

Summary of Job Description

As a Library Clerk 2 you would engage in specialized library clerical activities in support of a library program, such as organizing and maintaining the library collection, helping library patrons locate information, maintaining online databases, acquiring library materials, processing library materials using an integrated library system (ILS), and shelving and rebinding books. You may have responsibilities in one or more organizational units within the library, such as Reference, Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Special Collections, Periodicals, Acquisitions, Government Documents, Preservation, Digitization or Cataloging. You may be called upon to supervise library para professionals, technical support staff, student workers, interns, or volunteers. If you are assigned to a Department of Corrections and Community Supervision facility you may supervise inmate library clerks.

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Summary of Minimum Qualifications

Please note: qualifications for this position may be subject to change. If substitutions for education and/or experience are allowed, this information would be available on the announcement.

You must take and pass a Civil Service examination in order to be considered for this position.

There are two examinations for this position. Please note: New York State employees may qualify for both.

For employees of New York State, on or before the date of the examination, the candidate must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had three months of permanent competitive, 55-b/55-c, non-competitive or labor class service in a clerical, keyboarding, or secretarial title allocated to Salary Grade 6 or higher.

For all other qualified individuals, on or before the date of the examination, the candidate must have either:

1. graduated from high school or have earned a high school equivalency diploma;


one year of full-time clerical experience in a library setting.***

***Examples of qualifying clerical duties in a library setting may include:

-Maintaining circulation record;
-Processing acquisitions including the receipt and recording of courier-delivered materials and organizing new items;
-Creating and processing interlibrary loan requests (ILL);
-Assisting in collection maintenance including; weeding, shifting, re-shelving, repairing, straightening, inventory, supply orders, and emptying book drop containers to be checked in;
-Assisting and educating patrons in searching the library catalog;
-Assisting patrons in the use of library equipment.


2. thirty semester credit hours of college study including at least NINE semester credit hours of college study in any combination of the following areas:

-Library/Information Science;
-Computer Applications;
-Information Studies.

For informational purposes only, click on the examination number(s) listed below to see the current or previous examination(s) that are used to fill this title.

26-400 37-973

How to Apply

When this examination is scheduled to be held, the announcement can be found on the Department of Civil Service, Examination Announcements web page. If you do not see an examination currently scheduled please check back on a monthly basis or sign up for announcement notification by email so that you will automatically be notified when new examinations are being offered.

Career Mobility

Career mobility is not just limited to the titles in the Career Ladder, above. Additional movement may be achieved through other examinations, additional education and/or work experience or transfer opportunities. For additional information or clarification of transfer determinations, current State employees should contact the Career Mobility Office. Visit ELMS Online to view established open-competitive, promotion, and transition eligible lists. If you are not a current New York State employee, see Employment Opportunities with New York State and find out how to become a New York State employee.

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