State of Washington Classified Job Specification
LIBRARY & ARCHIVAL PROFESSIONAL 3
Class Series Concept
See LIBRARY AND ARCHIVAL PROFESSIONAL 1.
Performs original descriptive and subject cataloging and classification in accordance with established cataloging rules and reviews cataloging performed by other staff;
Creates and coordinates special projects or initiatives which publicize the role and holdings of the institution; includes conducting tours as well as seeking out and speaking at target audience functions;
Develops and implements policies, procedures, and standards of best practices;
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 identifying interests and study trends;
Plans, implements, leads, and evaluates the development of collections and delivery of services to the public and client agencies;
Provides quality control of arrangement, description, and public records management training for local government agencies;
Provides quality control of collection processing and research and other services;
Serves as local government office’s advisor on archives and records management;
Provides research services and resolves research inquiries; consults finding aids and interprets them for researchers; monitors researchers to assure adherence to collections use and security procedures; guides researchers to other sources for records, publications, and information;
Create content for and maintain websites;
Prepares statistical and administrative reports;
Creates and implements projects to increase digital access to materials;
May supervise, lead, train, and direct the work of lower level staff;, student employees, volunteers, or interns;
Develops training and instructs other staff and patrons.
Knowledge and Abilities
Knowledge of: theories, principles and practices of professional library or archives administration and procedures; thorough knowledge of library science, including library techniques and procedures; archival processes and procedures; records management; 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, project or service team, specialized service, phase of a library or archives 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.
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.
Master’s degree involving archives and records management, history or related field and three years’ experience as a professional archivist.
Class Specification History
Revise class. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 10, 2007.
Revised definition, typical work, knowledge and abilities; legal requirements; desired qualifications; and added distinguishing characteristics; adopted June 13, 2019; effective July 1, 2019.