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LIBRARY & ARCHIVES PARAPROFESSIONAL 5

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LIBRARY & ARCHIVES PARAPROFESSIONAL 5
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Category: Education

Class Series Concept

See LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES PARAPROFESSIONAL 1.

Definition

This is the second expert/supervisor level of the series. Supervises assigned personnel and performs complex technical library tasks and problem solving using intensive application of specialized knowledge and skills, such as search bibliographic or complex reference resources, perform complex cataloging of library materials with catalog copy, analyze and resolve complex order and bibliographic problems, assist clients with reference services including interpreting and conferring on research strategies and assisting the management and preservation of the collection OR, supervises assigned personnel and directs the operations of a large library unit or one or more units, characterized by staff performing a variety of complex technical work or multiple functions. 

Typical Work

Interprets and ensures compliance with organizational rules, policies, and procedures; evaluates and makes authorized decisions regarding situations requiring deviation or exception from normal procedures; recommends unit policy and implements procedures; writes and/or maintains procedure manuals; 

Develop, implement, and monitor training. Implements and evaluates workflow priorities. Develops and disseminates instructions and information to unit personnel. Organizes, conducts, and facilitates unit staff meetings;   

Participates in the development and implementation of policies; 

Prepares budget requests and monitors assigned budgets; monitors cash receipts and funds; 

Directs the delivery of services at an institutional, school, or correctional center library; 

Oversees resource sharing operation (also referred to as “interlibrary lending”, “interlibrary borrowing”, and “document delivery”); 

Plans for equipment needs of units; oversees equipment upkeep, service, and repair; ensures maintenance of supply inventory; plan, monitor, and controls stacks maintenance and library space allotment; 

Identify binding styles, grain direction, methods of leaf attachment, and techniques of hand sewing signatures and pamphlets as a part of the library’s conservation activities;  may include scanning materials, adjusting skew and contrast and providing metal tagging for such digital images; 

Evaluates gift material for possible addition to specialized collection; 

Analyzes and resolves complex order and bibliographic problems; 

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; 

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.

Legal Requirement(s)

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.

Desirable Qualifications

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 and one year of lead/supervisory experience.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 4212 Library Specialist I - Supervisor, 4321 Library Supervisor II; adopted January 1, 2006.
Revise class. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 10, 2007.

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