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Library Specialist Senior Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Utilizes a specialized knowledge of a subject, language or discipline that applies to a variety of services in a technical and/or public service area within the library. Provides two or more services in a unit and/or utilizes a variety of automated systems and print resources to provide access to a specialized area or library collection. The Library Specialist, Senior may interpret complex records for a variety of automated systems. This classification may supervise staff employees and student assistants; however, the majority of the duties performed are of a specialized variety that are difficult and complex in nature.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is the fourth in a series of four classifications and is distinguished from the Library Specialist in that incumbents, at the senior level, provide knowledge of a variety of automated systems or library services and may act as the contact person in a unit or department for an automated system or library service. The Library Specialist Senior also has knowledge of a subject or language, which is applied to library processing. This classification is distinguished from a Library Supervisor in that the Library Supervisor spends the majority of time on supervisory duties. The Library Specialist Senior typically works closely with and is supportive of the professional and administrative librarians. The classification reports to a Library Supervisor, Senior Librarian or Department Head.

Examples of Duties:

  • Maintains a pre-determined budget and projects wages, operations, library materials and deposit accounts; monitors expenditures of a pre-determined budget for a library department.
  • Provides technical support for operation of library automated systems for a library area or unit; maintains local database and reviews new software and hardware; makes recommendations for purchase and application in the department and is the contact person to computer operations.
  • Provides specialized reference service utilizing a high level of expertise in a subject, language or discipline.
  • Searches for library user requests not already found in standard sources, which may include contacting specialized library collections or agencies.
  • Recommends acquisition of books, serials, media, maps and microforms to a Librarian, based on review of professional journals, advertisements, evaluative previews or faculty requests.
  • Evaluates the physical condition of materials in all formats; applies established conservation standards and techniques to preserve library material; creates bookbinding for collections of artifactual value.
  • Directs and coordinates a specialized cataloging and processing procedure; performs the most complex level of copy cataloging in all formats and in foreign languages including the regular assignment of call numbers and subject headings; resolves complex bibliographic problems; performs specialized service in a foreign language, including cataloging, indexing or other complex duties involved in providing access to a foreign language collection.
  • Analyzes printed materials and creates indexes or other reference sources which provide access to a specialized area.
  • Manages a specialized and complex section of a library unit; performs the more complex and difficult work of the library unit.
  • Performs as contact staff person for a specialized unit; confers with and advises staff, students and others to provide technical advice and answers to complex questions; resolves complex problems for a library unit and department.
  • Supervises the complex duties of staff and students in a specialzed unit.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of library practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of cataloging rules, regulations and resources.
  • Knowledge of issues pertaining to area of assignment.
  • Knowledge of budgetary principles.
  • Knowledge of foreign language depending on area of assignment.
  • Knowledge of a variety of automated library systems.
  • Knowledge of and skill in usage of various research methodologies.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in the use of various reference interviews and sources.
  • Skill in coordinating a specialized library area in a public or technical service unit.
  • Skill in the use of a foreign language or languages depending on area of assignment.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree AND two years' progressively responsible library experience; OR, Six years' progressively responsible library experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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