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LIBRARY & ARCHIVES PARAPROFESSIONAL 2

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LIBRARY & ARCHIVES PARAPROFESSIONAL 2
262J
Category: Education

Class Series Concept

See LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES PARAPROFESSIONAL 1.

Definition

Functions as a fully qualified, library technician performing journey level technical library tasks for a college library, a library service site, or other state agency library. Positions work independently and exercise judgment and discretion in determining the scope or level of service. Work is typically reviewed on a spot check basis after decisions have been made. Unusual problems that may occur are brought to a higher level librarian with probable outcomes and solutions.  May supervise and train lower level library technicians, clerical staff, temporary or resident clerical staff, volunteers, or interns.

Typical Work

Searches and verifies library material orders and receipts using manual and/or automated systems, catalogs of the Library of Congress, the National Union Catalog, and other bibliographic sources; 

Catalogs library materials using close catalog copy from sources such as Library of Congress (LC), Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Cataloging in Publication (CIP), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN); transcribes information for review; 

Prepares regular statistical reports; 

Conducts library orientations; produces displays; 

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;  

Prepares and participates in the delivery of programs for institutional, school, or correctional center residents; assists in providing outreach services including training and orientations; 

Processes resource sharing requests such as interlibrary lending, borrowing, or document delivery, including verifying bibliographic citations; 

Processes and maintains records of library materials such as books, government documents, periodicals, newspapers, audio-visual, and other non-print media; 

Identifies, verifies, and processes complex added copies/volumes or reserve materials; inputs and/or revises catalog records in local, regional, national, or international databases using specific knowledge of appropriate cataloging rules, machine readable coding, and local practice; maintains holding records;

Initiates and answers specified correspondence resolving special problems or inquires; compiles and prepares reports; 

Orders replacement materials; discards and withdraws items identified by professional staff as not needed for collection; reinstates and relocates 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’ experience in the functional operations of a library including one year beyond the entry level, or an associate degree in library technology from an accredited program and one year of technical experience in the functional operations of a library.

Class Specification History

New class, consolidates 4375 Library Materials Conservation Technician, 4327 Library Technician III; 25050 Library Information Assistant, adopted January 1, 2006.
Revise class. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 10, 2007.

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