Librarian I

This is the initial 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 supervision of administrative personnel. 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. General supervision may be exercised over assigned personnel. Does related work as required.

TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES: (Illustrative only)

  • Provides reader’s advisory, guidance, reference services and instruction to library users;

  • Performs basic cataloging, classification and record editing;

  • Develops, promotes, and presents cultural, educational, and recreational programming;

  • Assists public and staff in making effective use of library equipment and provides training and

  • instruction in the use of technology and electronic resources;

  • Performs on-line searches and provides search training;

  • Performs collection development by recommending titles for purchase and/or deletion;

  • Designs and produces public relations and instructional materials;

  • Compiles bibliographies and may function as a subject specialist;

  • Participates in professional associations, reads professional materials, and attends seminars,

  • webinars, conferences and meetings of such groups;

  • Serves as a liaison for library services to community groups or other libraries;

  • Supervises the work of clerical, paraprofessional and volunteer personnel in assigned tasks;

  • Prepares clear and accurate, and informative narrative and statistical reports.


  • Working knowledge of modern principles and practices of library service;
  • working knowledge of information retrieval systems;
  • working knowledge of bibliographic tools and sources;
  • working knowledge of library materials and collection issues for a specific subject area if
  • functioning as a subject specialist;
  • working knowledge of modern library organizations, procedures, policies, aims, and services; skill and accuracy in the performance of technical library tasks;
  • ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with community and educational
  • organizations and represents the library at meetings of such group;
  • 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 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 plan, coordinate and supervise the work of others;
  • tact and courtesy in dealing with staff and public;
  • physical conditions commensurate with the demands of the position.


Possession of a Master's Degree in Library or Information Sciences from a school that is accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department as following accepted education practices.


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. If your degree was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. A list of acceptable companies who provide this service can be found on the Internet at You must pay the required evaluation fee.”

SALARY: $56,694-$63,715


Eligibility for a New York State Public Librarian's Professional certificate at the time of application; possession of the certificate at the time of appointment.


To be eligible for a librarian job with YPL, you must meet the hiring qualifications established by the Yonkers Civil Service Administration. Applicants must pass a the civil service examination to be eligible for an interview and to be hired. Find the Librarian I job description and application information on the Yonkers Civil Service page.

  1. First, complete the application to take the qualifying exam and send in the application along with the $40 application fee. The application fee may be waived under certain circumstances; the waiver form is found here. Please contact the City of Yonkers Municipal Civil Service Division at (914) 377-6092 for questions about fees and receipt of applications. 
  2. Once your application is processed, you will receive an email from the Civil Service Division that contains a link to the Training and Experience examination. You MUST follow the instructions in this message in order to take the examination. If you do not receive an email, contact the Municipal Civil Service Division.
  3. Once your examination has been evaluated, you will receive an email or letter via U.S. Mail indicating your qualifying score. This letter serves as your notice that your name and information are on the hiring list for the position you seek. This does not mean you will be hired, only that you are eligible for employment.
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