SENIOR LIBRARY ASSOCIATE
Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within the job.
Under direction, leads, oversees, and participates in the more complex and difficult work of staff responsible for the performance of a variety of clerical and paraprofessional duties supporting the operations of a City library; provides lead direction to Library Associates, Circulation Assistants and other support staff as assigned; and performs a variety of advanced technical and programming tasks relative to assigned areas of responsibility such as adult, teen, children’s, literacy, and media services.
This is the advanced journey level class in the Library Associate series. Positions at this level are distinguished from the journey level Library Associate by the level of responsibility assumed and the complexity of duties assigned. Employees perform the most difficult and responsible types of duties assigned to classes within this series including the provision of lead supervision over lower level paraprofessional and clerical staff. Employees at this level are required to be fully trained in all procedures related to assigned area of responsibility.
The following duties are typical for this classification. Incumbents may not perform all of the listed duties and/or may be required to perform additional or different duties from those set forth below to address business needs and changing business practices.
- Leads, plans, trains, and reviews the work of staff and volunteers responsible for performing a variety of clerical and paraprofessional duties supporting the operations of a City library.
- Trains assigned employees in their areas of work, including proper customer service methods, library policies and procedures, circulation procedures and techniques, location of materials, and areas of specialized assignment within the library.
- Maintains customer service standards, policies and procedures.
- Coordinates and leads paraprofessional staff meetings to clarify policies, create uniform work habits, generate support for library events and share information.
- Performs a variety of routine circulation and customer service duties such as registering patrons and issuing library cards, checking out books, magazines, audiovisual materials and other items, receiving returned materials and computing and collecting fines.
- Maintains media materials (cleaning, repair, and reordering); maintains and orders materials for the blind from the Braille Institute and offers assistance in registering and informing the public of services and materials available.
- Maintains and operates audio visual equipment: tape and DVD cleaners, overhead and slide projectors, and large projection system in meeting room.
- Monitors and checks library computer equipment; compiles and submits data for main and branch circulation and other library statistics.
- Receives and resolves customer problems and complaints.
- In the literacy program, interviews and assesses learners to determine program eligibility; compiles and maintains accurate records and statistics for reporting purposes; assists in training tutors and in the selection of instructional materials; coordinates matching of adult learners with volunteer tutors; maintains and updates tutor and learner files.
- Verifies bibliographic information for books, periodicals, pamphlets, documents, films, videos and other library materials using indexes, catalog guides and computerized databases; adds items to catalog database.
- Participates in planning and conducting library programs for a variety of audiences, including children, teens and adults; monitors expenses and compiles attendance statistics for programs.
- Prepares informational materials, including book displays, exhibits, bulletin boards, book lists, flyers and routine publicity releases for library programs, events, and tours.
- Participates with other library departments and teams on special projects, standing committees and cross training activities.
- Plans and participates in various community outreach activities; participates in coordinating library tours
for various community groups; conducts school visits and presentations to promote library services.
- Provides limited reference and reader’s advisory assistance for the public using reference materials, local on-line databases and other appropriate tools.
- Performs related duties as required.
The following generally describes the knowledge and ability required to enter the job and/or be learned within a short period of time in order to successfully perform the assigned duties.
- Principles of lead supervision and training.
- Operations, services, and activities of a municipal library, including specialized areas such as children’s, media or literacy work.
- Standard terminology and practices related to paraprofessional library support work.
- Automated circulation system operations.
- Office procedures, methods, and equipment including computers and applicable software applications such as word processing, spreadsheets, and databases.
- Principles and procedures of record keeping and filing.
- Principles of business letter writing and basic report preparation.
- Methods and techniques of public relations.
- Principles and techniques of customer service.
- English usage, spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- Lead, organize, train and review the work of staff and volunteers.
- Interpret, explain, and enforce department policies and procedures.
- Perform paraprofessional library work involving the use of computers and software programs.
- Perform paraprofessional reference and cataloging work.
- Operate office equipment including computers and supporting word processing, spreadsheet, and database applications.
- Independently prepare routine correspondence and reports.
- Respond tactfully, clearly, concisely, and appropriately to inquiries from the public.
- Work independently in the absence of supervision.
- Plan and organize work to meet changing priorities and deadlines.
- Demonstrate an awareness and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the community.
- Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
Education and Experience Guidelines - Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Education/Training: Two years of college with major course work in library studies, education, liberal studies or a related field. Related experience within area of assignment may substitute for education.
Experience: Four years of experience in a library including clerical, patron contact, or technical support experience.
License or Certificate - Possession of a Library Technology certificate is desirable.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
The conditions herein 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 job functions.
Environment: Exposure to heat and humidity working outdoors at special events; noise of crowds and groups of people; temperature variations within the building and from indoors to outdoors; possible mechanical hazards of equipment and large quantities of books and papers. Book dust and mold is constant in a library facility. Work is performed in 80-hour bi-weekly work periods, with unscheduled breaks. Occasional overtime may be required for adequate staffing of library facilities, and incumbents may be required to work weekends, nights and holidays. Work is performed primarily indoors at library facilities. Work setting is formal, team-oriented, having both routine and variable tasks. Work pace and pressure is variable, but frequently fast-paced and high pressure. Incumbents must occasionally deal with difficult customers in library facilities, including impaired persons or persons violating library rules and regulations.
Physical: CONTINUOUS walking; lifting objects weighing up to 10 lbs. from below waist to above shoulder level and transporting distances up to 500 yards; fine finger dexterity and light pressure to operate keyboards, calculators, telephones; pinch grasp to hold books, writing materials. FREQUENT standing, sitting, bending and stooping, squatting, reaching above and at shoulder level, pushing/pulling, twisting at waist, upward and downward flexion of neck, side-to-side turning of neck; lifting objects weighing 11-15 lbs. from below waist to above shoulders and transporting distances up to 500 yards; moderate wrist torque and repetitive motion to operate and adjust equipment such as printers, computers and bar code wands. OCCASIONAL climbing, kneeling; lifting objects weighing 26-50 lbs. from below waist to waist level, with or without assistance, and transporting distances up to 10 feet. INFREQUENT crawling, balancing above ground, lifting objects weighing 26-5 0 lbs. from chest level to above shoulder level, with or without assistance, and transporting distances up to 10 feet; lifting objects weighing 51-75 lbs. from below waist to shoulder level, with assistance, and transporting distances up to 5 feet; strong grasp to lift equipment or boxes of books.
Vision: See in the normal visual range with or without correction; vision sufficient to read computer screens and printed documents.
Hearing: Hear in the normal audio range with or without correction.
Date: November 2006
Johnson & Associates
Revised: November 27, 2006 Library/HR