State of Washington Classified Job Specification
LIBRARY & ARCHIVES PARAPROFESSIONAL 6
Class Series Concept
This is the highest expert/supervisor level of the series. Performs complex technical library tasks and problem solving involving intensive application of specialized knowledge and skills. Examples include participation in the acquisition, development, and management of library collections, original descriptive and subject cataloging and classification, complex bibliographic and reference searches. Some positions may supervise assigned personnel.)
Perform original descriptive and subject cataloging and classification in accordance with established cataloging rules;
Reviews dealers’ catalogs and proposed library acquisition plans; recommends and prioritizes acquisition of library materials in specialized area;
Performs bibliographic and reference searches in the area of specialization using knowledge of complex reference resources, including interpreting and conferring on reference research strategies with clients;
Prepares annual, operational, and other unit reports;
Evaluates gift material for possible addition to specialized collection;
Acts as liaison with collection users, community, and other libraries; informs clients of availability of materials added to the collection;
May serve as a foreign language resource person;
May supervise lower level staff.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: theories, principles and practices of the library profession; techniques of selection, classification, cataloging, reference and research.
Ability to: use and explain library services and facilities; perform various library duties requiring independent judgment and action; provide public service; compile data, reports or surveys; ability to analyze situations correctly; meet the public and establish effective cooperative relationships with those contacted in work; write effectively; interact courteously with customers; work effectively in a team environment.
There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.
High school graduation or equivalent and five years’ experience in the functional operations of a library including two years beyond the entry level in an area of specialization. For supervisory positions one year of lead/supervisory experience.
Class Specification History
Revise class. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 10, 2007.