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Douglas County 3350
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Pay Range GC17


This classification performs complex and varied entry-level professional librarian duties within an operational unit of the County library system.  The primary purpose is to provide services to library users in any of the following areas:  adult services, cataloging, children, young adult, reference law library, and electronic resources and services.  Incumbents may have secondary specialty program responsibility.

(Duties assigned to this classification include, but are not limited to, the following examples.  Any one position may not perform all listed tasks.)

1. Function as reader's advisor and reference librarian; receive varied and complex library material requests by phone or personal contact from patrons; define needs; search for material and when located, submit to requestor.  Serve as resource person for inter-library loan projects.  Maintain and keep current vertical file for various clippings and pamphlets.  Maintain State agency publication files.

2. Perform cataloging duties for non-fiction collection for entry into the library's bibliographic database.  Maintain recordkeeping on new books cataloged.

3. Serve as librarian in children and young adult sections assisting children, youths, parents, schools, bookmobile and branch librarians in book selection and review, story presentation, and special projects.

4. Oversee the day-to-day operations of a law library.  Under the direction of law library committee, library director and established guidelines, order and cancel material; manage the materials budget, receive shipments, authorize and code billings for payment; prepare billings, receive and receipt money for services provided; serve law library committee, prepare monthly meetings.  Supervise and coordinate work activities of unit support staff; offer assistance as needed.  Assume responsibility for work performed within unit.  Involved in selection, training and evaluation of staff.  Establish and interpret policy and procedure.

5. Participate in system collection development by reading reviews and having awareness of community needs; select library materials.  Assign new books to display shelves; evaluate and direct materials to be mended.

6. Represent the library in speaking to community groups, schools, news media, conferences and workshop attendance.  Prepare book talks.  Plan and implement programs.

7. Provide vision and leadership in ongoing development of the Library's Web site and electronic services. Investigate, design and offer innovative Web and electronic services based on user needs. Develop and coordinate training and support for staff and patrons in the use of electronic resources, including developing help pages, tutorials, and other training materials.

8. May serve as unit supervisor when supervisor is absent, act as lead worker within the unit and/or direct the work of volunteers.


Knowledge of:  Considerable knowledge of professional library principles, practices, and methods, which includes selection, acquisition, cataloging and classification of materials, bibliographic and readers' advisory service, reference and literature searching, emerging library technologies; reasonable knowledge of human and/or child development and psychology; reasonable knowledge of library automation; basic knowledge of recordkeeping and report writing as related to library services. Skill in: Use of automated library equipment and systems and reference resources, and use of computers to provide library services., developing and delivering training for staff and public. Ability to:  Communicate effectively in both oral and written forms; determine reader interest and select material for the collection; work within a team concept; supervise and lead support staff; direct volunteers; utilize problem identification and resolution techniques; remain calm and use good judgment during confrontational or high pressure situations; adjust to priority changes, make decisions independently in accordance with established policies and procedures, and use initiative and judgment in completing tasks and responsibilities; establish and maintain records, reports and statistical data; courteously meet and deal effectively with employees, other libraries, news media, community groups, law library committee and patrons.

Education, experience and training:  Master's of library science degree or related degree, OR five years progressively responsible work related education, experience and training with one year in a specific area of library services.


Incumbents in this classification work under the general direction of either librarian 2, senior librarian or the library director.  Recurring routine assignments are independently performed by employee on basis of past experience.  The employee receives general instructions regarding the scope and approach to projects or assignments, but procedures and problem resolution are left to the employee's discretion and interpretation.  Employee estimates and manages time efficiently.  Work is reviewed periodically to ensure determinations and decisions made are in compliance to department policy and procedures.


Work is performed within established library policy and procedures; library-related reference materials, automated systems reference manuals.  Considerable amount of judgment and initiative is used to independently interpret these procedures for use in specific units within the library system.


Regular and consistent attendance is required.  Work is performed in an office environment; may require bending, gripping with hands and fingers, hearing voice conversations, keyboarding, kneeling, lifting up to 35 pounds, pulling, pushing, reaching, standing, stooping, twisting and walking.  A reasonable amount of driving is required.
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