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This is the fourth level of a six-level series. This position performs moderately difficult duties in administering, acquiring, organizing, preserving, or interpreting information resources that support a specialized library, archives, or records function. Responsibilities are complex and performed within a general outline of parameters and employees are generally free to develop their own sequences and methods within the scope of established policies. Employees at this level exercise a general degree of authority, independence and initiative in setting priorities, decision making or problem solving that requires use of discretionary judgment. A person in this position may hire, train and/or supervise regular staff and/or student assistants. Contacts may be within or outside of the unit/department, as well as with a diverse population, to advise on work efforts, interpret guidelines or instructions, elicit opinions or give guidance on the basis of facts to resolve common issues or problems. Questions that require high-level authority for decision-making are referred to a supervisor. Work is performed under general supervision and is subject to periodic review primarily through observation of results and problems identified.


Acquiring: Applies technical and bibliographic knowledge to collection-building by using established quality standards and production routines, includes assisting with the troubleshooting and resolution of problems.

Organizing: Assists with the organization of collections and the delivery of services as well as participates in maintaining standards and expanding scope and content of information resources at the Libraries by performing a range of tasks associated with the physical and intellectual organization of Library materials and the description of these materials using a variety of access tools including online catalog/databases (Gil/Galileo) and archival finding aids and by knowing and adhering to established standards for these activities and performing activities that support maintenance of these standards. This may include database creation and maintenance and/or collection management of library materials for accuracy and ease of access.

Interpreting: Promotes interactions with faculty, students, researchers, visitors, and library staff through interpretation of the libraries' collections, resources, and policies. This may include training, or conveying of information related to libraries' resources, policies and procedures.

Preserving: Ensures the general preservation and specific conservation needs of the Libraries' general and special collections by understanding and adhering to appropriate standards and procedures for care, handling, and security and by maintaining awareness of and reporting evidence of current or impending threats to materials' physical condition (adverse environmental conditions, the presence of mold, inadequate shelving or storage media, mishandling by staff or patrons). Provides a safe environment for libraries materials and users by knowing and performing the duties as outlined in the library emergency procedures. Preserves fragile materials by performing tasks to provide acceptable more durable surrogate copies such as microfilming, digitizing, photocopying, and making user copies of visual and audiovisual materials. When appropriate, identifies and evaluates structural problems of materials including embrittlement, mold-damage, and damage from fire and water or persistent use and then selects from and performs a range of approved treatments to provide increased stability. Trains students and staff in basic preservation of archival and library materials.

Supervising: Develops and maintains a competent and productive staff, by assisting with the hiring, training, and evaluating of staff, monitoring work, and completing appropriate paperwork, and by making recommendations for other personnel actions. May also coordinate work by performing or assisting in the developing of and/or the directing of workflow processes and procedures.

Two years of college education AND one year related library experience; OR three years library, archives, information center or related work experience; OR any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Working knowledge of standard library systems and broad application of specialized library systems.

Skill in verbal and written communication.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Skill in organizing and prioritizing work activities.

Skill in the use of personal computers and related software.

Ability to occasionally lift and move heavy materials and equipment.



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