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This is entry level independent, professional work with the Alachua County Library District maintaining library activities in a specific area of a library division. Work is distinguished from that of a paraprofessional by requiring professional judgment, and knowledge and techniques learned through formal professional education.
An employee assigned to this classification is responsible for participating in the selection of materials, providing professional assistance to library patrons, and acting as a liaison to community groups.
Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and is reviewed through conferences, reports and observation of results obtained.
Examples of DutiesESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS
May supervise technical, clerical and/or paraprofessional employees.
May coordinate the activities of subordinate employees including determining work procedures and schedules; issuing instructions and assigning duties; reviewing work; recommending personnel actions; conducting performance reviews; and conducting departmental training and orientation, as required.
Assists in establishing plans, priorities, and procedures and recommends changes in organization structure and resource allocation to meet library goals.
Provides information services and guidance to library patrons in the selection, organization and interpretation of library materials, and in the effective use of library equipment and facilities.
Interprets, applies and explains Library procedures and policies.
Provides comprehensive bibliographic, reference and reader’s advisory assistance in person and by phone, email and live online reference to library patrons, using printed materials’ and online resources and databases.
Operates personal computers, terminals and peripherals (photocopiers, printers) in office support tasks and to assist the public.
Produces library research, reports, statistics and proposals.
Assists supervisor in the preparation of Library District budgets.
Reads, reviews and selects materials for the Library District; reviews paraprofessional employee recommendations on materials.
Plans, schedules, and presents individual program sessions; obtains designs and produces support materials.
Develops and maintains library catalogs and bibliographic databases including original descriptive and subject cataloging.
Keeps informed of current trends and new professional techniques by reading professional journals and publications, and through participation in professional organizations, workshops and conferences.
Answers correspondence on special reference subjects.
Compiles lists of Library District materials according to subject, content or interests.
Plans, directs, and/or carries out special projects involving Library District promotion and/or outreach activity.
Ensures patron compliance of all policies and procedures through effective communication and enforcement.
May participate in Makerspace programming.
Performs related work as required.
NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Considerable knowledge of professional principles, practices, systems and techniques of public librarianship.
Considerable knowledge of the major fields of learning comprising the social sciences, natural sciences and humanities.
Knowledge of the principles involved in the organization and representation of recorded knowledge and information.
Knowledge of basic library planning and budgeting, personnel practices, and methods for assessing and evaluating library services.
Knowledge of technological, general and specialized reference sources.
Knowledge of frequently used software applications, word processing and spreadsheet applications.
Knowledge of operating and basic troubleshooting of computer equipment.
Ability to perform basic troubleshooting of common software problems.
Ability to use emerging technology for patron service.
Ability to effectively supervise and/or coordinate the activities of others.
Ability to prepare, organize and conduct public presentations and programs of interest.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers and library patrons, and outside organizations.
Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
Ability to maintain complex records, perform in depth research and prepare reports.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to reach and be mobile.
The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus associated with the constant use of printed matter and computer monitors.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Master's degree in Library or Information Science from a library school program accredited by the American Library Association. Must have own means of transportation. Successful completion of a criminal history background investigation is required prior to employment. Evening and weekend work hours may be required. Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.