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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Series Concept



This is the senior, specialist, or leadworker level of the series. Serves as the designated lead/liaison, provides focused information services through either advanced reference, technical, or consultation services to external customer groups; and/or, a designated full-time project leader or liaison for internal or external cross functional/multi-disciplinary teams or groups focused on strategic initiatives; or, the designated lead/manager of an operational unit with or a library operated by a state agency.

Typical Work

Designs and prepares technical documentation on new and modified electronic service delivery systems; 

Provides personalized library service by anticipating, extrapolating, evaluating, and customizing information or services; 

Determines cost effectiveness, efficiency, and potential customer satisfaction; 

Reviews cataloging performed by other staff by analyzing, evaluating, and interpreting complex information for a variety of disciplines and in multiple formats translates intellectual content using prescribed national library codes for creation of automated bibliographic database records; 

Coordinates special projects or initiatives; assumes responsibility for advisory groups and their activities; 

Develops and implements policies and procedures for selecting, maintaining, and evaluating special collections; including digital collections, within the guidelines of a collection development policy; 

Provides consulting services to improve library service and development of libraries in the state; includes consulting in areas such as administration, organizational development, collection management, information access, equipment, personnel, financial support, and other library issues; 

Keeps current with customer interests and needs by developing needs assessment tools which identify interests and study trends; functions as content or process specialist on customer problems; 

May supervise lower level staff.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of:  theories, principles and practices of professional library administration and procedures; thorough knowledge of library science, including library techniques and procedures; compilation of data and reports; methods of customer needs assessment; customer relations principles and practices. 

Ability to:  plan and coordinate work of an operational unit or service team, specialized service, phase of a library program, or consultative service; interact courteously with customers; analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; compile data, make reports; 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 three years experience as a professional librarian.

Class Specification History

New class, replaces 25170 Senior Library Information Specialist; adopted January 1, 2006.
Revise class. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 10, 2007.

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