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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Leadworker level of the series. Leads assigned staff and functions as a fully qualified library technician, and performs journey level technical library tasks or serves as a functional specialist in a conservation/preservation unit by leading staff or directing the operation of the unit. Regularly assigns, instructs and checks the work of others. May supervise and train lower level library technicians, clerical staff, temporary or resident clerical staff, volunteers, or interns.

Typical Work

Leads assigned staff in the operations and support of the unit; recommends changes and improvements of unit routines or procedures; evaluates and monitors work processes; 

Catalogs library materials using close catalog copy from sources such as Library of Congress (LC), Cataloging in Publication (CIP), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and G Union Catalog; transcribes information for review; 

Evaluate library materials that have been selected for repair, identify and assess repair options, advise library staff regarding treatment choices and routing procedures; 

Construct bindings in various styles and materials, including pamphlet bindings, case bindings, and post bindings; make pockets for loose parts such as maps, charts, etc; 

Arrange, index, and inventory special materials such as manuscripts, newspapers, clippings, slides, and photographs for bibliographic control; 

Performs complex  circulation functions; make authorized decisions regarding exceptional circumstances such as waiver of fines, exceptions to normal policy, waiver of limitations, and interpretation of policies; prepare library evidence for appeals of library fines; 

Oversees maintenance and repair of collections.  May perform more advanced repair of rare materials; 

May supervise lower level staff.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  library organization, practices and technical procedures in library material acquisition, bibliographic control, circulation, and reference techniques. 

Ability to:  interact courteously with customers; effectively direct the work of others; read quickly and accurately; work effectively in a team environment; use and explain information tools and services.

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 three years’ of applicable library technical experience, including one year beyond the entry level, or an associate degree in library technology from an accredited program and one years of technical experience in the functional operations of a library level.  Conservation/preservation positions prefer two years of book repair or bookbinding experience.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 4328 Library Technician Lead, 4373 Library Materials Conservation Specialist; adopted January 1, 2006.
Revise class.  General revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 10, 2007.

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