Librarian – Reference Services (Full Time) – Bernards Township Library

Librarian – Reference Services (Full-time)

Bernards Township Library in Basking Ridge, NJ, has an immediate opening for a motivated, creative and public-service oriented reference librarian for a full-time position, which includes some evening and weekend hours. Must have excellent customer service skills, be comfortable with popular technology and ready and able to delve into a variety of reference questions. Previous supervisory experience is a plus.

The Library is a vibrant and active cultural center in an increasingly diverse community and is much valued by Township residents for its wide range of materials and services. The budget for materials and programs is generous and is supplemented by funds from The Friends of the Library. Bernards Township Library is a member of MAIN, Inc. a consortium of 38 libraries and branches using a shared Polaris/LEAP system.

The reference team includes the Supervising Librarian, another full-time Reference Librarian, one part-time Reference Librarian, as well as an Emerging Technologies Librarian and Teen Services Librarian who each spend part of their week assigned to the reference desk. Three part-time paraprofessionals and a group of faithful volunteers provide interlibrary loan support.

Visit the Library’s website at for information on the Library and a detailed job description.

PRINCIPAL DUTIES: Under the direction of the Supervising Librarian – Reference, the successful candidate will assist patrons with researching reference questions, use and provide instruction on various library and patron-owned devices, develop and weed assigned areas of the adult collections, provide reader’s advisory, and submit interlibrary loan requests.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: This position requires a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library and Information Studies Program and a New Jersey Professional Librarian Certificate. Complete ease in the use of computers and other digital devices is essential. Experience using Polaris/LEAP is desirable. Fluency in a language/languages other than English is a plus.

The position includes a competitive annual salary, commensurate with experience, and generous benefits. Continuing professional development and educational opportunities provided.

CONTACT: Please send a cover letter and resume to Karen Vaias, Supervising Librarian – Reference, at


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