GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The LIBRARIAN 3 performs highly complex professional and technical
research, information retrieval, referral, and consulting services and/or original detailed computer data records
construction at the Oregon State Library or in a State agency requiring this level of expertise. There may be work
coordination of other professional, paraprofessional and clerical staffs.
This is the third level of a four-level series. Work of this
class is distinguished from the lower classes by the assignment of two or more complex fields which, additionally,
receive more complex reference questions and involve more legislative and agency contacts. The Librarian 3 is responsible
for performing tasks requiring extensive knowledge and skill in several major subject disciplines as well as the
ability to use complex computerized and personal networking systems and databases for retrieval of information.
This class is distinguished from the higher class by its focus on subject specialization as opposed to responsibility
for an entire subdivision within the State Library.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Employees in this class may perform one or a combination of the
duties or tasks listed below.
- Information Management, Research, and Referral. Typical tasks: provides complex consulting, research, and information
retrieval and referral services to legislative, State and Federal personnel (i.e. legislators, staff biologists,
chemists, State agency researchers and information officers, physicians and nurses, toxicologists, State economic
business development centers and State agency support staff, as well as businesses, public and school librarians
and information specialists, attorneys, and the general public); determines client information needs; decides appropriate
information access points, scope, level of response; uses subject discipline taxonomy and hierarchical vocabulary;
performs complex information retrieval using computer hardware and telecommunications/word processing software
and advanced CD/ROM (Compact Disk-Read Only Memory) applications as well as traditional print and non-print information
sources; constructs and prepares detailed computer data file records for print, microform, map, computer disk/software,
audio, and video tape/disk products using international standards and guidelines; assigns and outlines input procedure
for paraprofessional staff.
- Public Contact.
Typical tasks: conducts extensive reference interviews with legislative, State and Federal agency personnel, private
sector business representatives, professional library staff and the general public; provides reference desk coverage
in the State Library reference room.
Typical tasks: initiates, prepares, coordinates and conducts workshop training and orientation for professional
groups, individuals and organizations; represents the State Library at professional meetings and conferences at
both the local and national level (i.e. Oregon Library Association, Special Library Association, American Library
Typical tasks: identifies, selects, recommends, and budgets for purchase of material within assigned specialized
subject disciplines; evaluates the collections and classifications of library materials and recommends the withdrawal
and/or discarding of outdated or superseded editions and the purchase of volumes for replacement; prepares reports,
newsletters, written guidelines for use of materials and resources within assigned disciplines; participates in
planning and review of departmental policies and procedures.
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Employees in this class conduct highly complex reference interviews
with patrons of all educational, socioeconomic, ethnic, and racial backgrounds. There is communication on a daily
basis (in person, by telephone, and in writing) with high level staff from other agencies and from the business
community, with professional public, academic and special librarians in and out of state, and with the general
public. Employees in this class have an extensive network of personal information resources upon which to rely.
Employees in this class work under the supervision of a subdivision
head and the Assistant Director who assigns broad program objectives and reviews overall performance for accuracy
and adherence to professional standards. The employee is afforded considerable latitude in determining methods
and resources to accomplish program goals. Guidelines used by employees in this class in performing their duties
are obtained through expertise gained through the educational and professional background of the employee.
- a Master's degree in Library Science from an American Library Association
accredited graduate school; AND
- three years of experience in general library operations, preferably including experience in the specialized subject area or library service appropriate to the specific position.