UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON

Specification for Class

LIBRARY SPECIALIST I

UW CODE AND REPRESENTATIVE GROUP

8752 (WFSE Libraries)

CLASS SERIES CONCEPT

Serve as a specialist in a specific library functional or subject area. Utilize complex automated subsystems to provide specialized information. Refer clients to other staff or librarians when appropriate.

BASIC FUNCTION

Perform complex library technical tasks using intensive application of knowledge and skills in a specific library functional area such as public services, acquisitions, cataloging, serials, interlibrary loan, special collections, and reference, or in a specific subject area such as Asian Studies, Northwest Literature, American History, and music.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

Under general direction, in the area of specialization perform complex library technical tasks involving intensive application of specialized knowledge and skills such as search bibliographic or complex reference resources, perform complex cataloging of library materials with catalog copy, analyze and resolve complex order and bibliographic problems, assist clients with reference services including interpreting and conferring on research strategies, and assist in the management and preservation of the collection.

TYPICAL WORK

Perform complex cataloging of library materials with catalog copy from sources such as, Library of Congress (LC), Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Western Library Network (WLN), National Library of Medicine (NLM), and Research Libraries Information Network (RLIN); complete and upgrade records which require classification, subject analysis, and extensive descriptive changes; correct or add subjects or classification to general copy cataloging;

Analyze and resolve complex order and bibliographic problems; maintain and update internal records using complex automated systems;

Perform bibliographic and reference searches in the area of specialization using knowledge of complex reference resources, including interpreting and conferring on reference research strategies with clients;

Inform librarians and clients of available materials and assist clients with bibliographic tools unique to the area of specialization;

Do pre- or post-search of materials ordered or received in area of specialization; correspond with publishers and vendors; identify and resolve problems with suppliers;

Assist in the management and preservation of the library collections in the specialty area;

Analyze, organize, index, and describe materials, such as manuscripts, clippings, slides, and photographs, in area of specialization;

May recommend alteration and improvement of function or subject area routines;

May direct the work of others;

May serve as a foreign language resource person;

Perform duties of Library Technician III;

Perform related duties as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - UW Contract Classified

High school graduation or equivalent AND four years of applicable library technical experience including one year of experience in the area of specialization

OR

equivalent education/experience.

New Class: 1-3-73
Revise Title/Class: 12-14-73
Revise Class: 7-1-81
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revise Class: 8-7-92
CSR Class Conversion (mc): 06-01-05