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LIBRARY & ARCHIVAL PROFESSIONAL 4

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LIBRARY & ARCHIVAL PROFESSIONAL 4
261D
Category: Education

Class Series Concept

See LIBRARY AND ARCHIVAL PROFESSIONAL 1.

Definition

This is the supervisory or expert level. Responsible for planning and implementing strategic and complex or statewide initiatives as designated by the agency’s strategic plan, institutional goals or industry-identified trends in library service development.. May serve as designated technical mentor, coach, or trainer.

Typical Work

Responsible for multi-dimensional projects (multiple phases within a project – including technology). Provides highly complex consulting services for customers; 

Performs customer services analysis and develops library services; 

Develops and designs specifications and provides consultation for implementation for new or modified library applications; 

Responsible for agency participation in and/or provides technical consultation in collaborative development efforts with federal and state agencies, other libraries, networking or data processing groups; 

Provides personalized library services by navigating, evaluating information sources, coordinating research efforts, and facilitating information access; 

Develops data to support budget requests and prepares budget for large projects; 

Coordinates major statewide projects, provides leadership, monitors and analyzes information technology using in-depth knowledge of library information technology tools and trends; 

Conducts research, tracks emerging trends, and monitors industry developments in the application of technology to information access; 

May supervise lower level staff.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  theories, principles and practices of professional library administration and procedures; trends in library developments and electronics; thorough knowledge of library science including techniques, procedures, and problems in areas of specialization; customer relations principles and practices. 

Ability to:  plan and coordinate work of an operational unit or service team, principal phase of a library program, or consultative service requiring independent judgment and action; analyze and recommend needed changes in methods and procedures; design and analyze customer needs assessment; develop and maintain collaborative relationships; develop learning objectives and training programs; communicate effectively orally and in writing; work effectively in a team environment.

Legal Requirement(s)

Some positions at the 1 level and all other positions must meet the provisions of WAC 300-12 “Certification of Librarians” and RCW 27.04.055 “Qualifications of Librarians-Rules-Fees.”

Desirable Qualifications

Positions require a Master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited program and certification by the State Librarian authorized through the Office of the Secretary of State; or certification by professional portfolio as authorized through the Office of the Secretary of State and five years experience as a professional librarian.

Class Specification History

New class, replaces 25190 Principal Library Information Specialist; adopted January 1, 2006.
Revise class. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 10, 2007.

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