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Library-Related Qualifications

Non-Library Related Qualifications

Basic Requirements

Senior Librarian

Senior Specialist

In addition to the requirements for Librarian/Specialist— relevant experience and continued professional development

Librarian

Specialist

For Librarian: Master’s degree

For Specialist: Appropriate professional degree for the specialty.

Figure 1

CATEGORIES OF LIBRARY PERSONNEL—PROFESSIONAL

CATEGORIES OF LIBRARY PERSONNEL—SUPPORTIVE

Nature of Responsibilities

Top-level responsibilities including but not limited to administration; superior knowledge of some aspect of librarianship; or of other subject fields of value to the library. Professional responsibilities which may include those of management and supervision requiring independent judgment; interpretation of rules and procedures; analysis of library problems; and formulation of original and creative solutions for them. (Normally utilizing knowledge of the subject field represented by the academic degree.)

Library-Related Qualifications

Non-Library Related Qualifications

Basic Requirements

Nature of Responsibilities

LIS Associate

Associate Specialist

Bachelors degree (with preferred coursework in library and/or information science); OR bachelors degree, plus additional applicable academic work.

Manager is hired or promoted into the job based on previous library work experience; the library specialist has extensive experience, perhaps supplemented by job-sponsored training in a specialized area— e.g. Interlibrary borrowing/ lending; preservation; book searching and replacement; second-tier reference; copy cataloging; etc. Tasks performed as supportive staff following established policies and procedures and may include supervision of such tasks.

LIS Assistant

Assistant Specialist

At least two years of college- level study; or AA degree, (with or without library technical assistant training) preferred; OR post-secondary school training and relevant skills; OR certificate program. High school diploma or equivalent.

Clerk (Exact titles vary depending on type of library circumstance.)

Clerk (Exact titles vary depending on type of library circumstance.)

Assignments as required by the individual library.

6. The titles recommended here represent categories or broad classifications, within which it is assumed that there will be several levels of promotional steps. Specific job titles may be used within any category: for example, catalogers, reference librarians, children's librarians would be included in either the "Librarian" or (depending upon the level of their responsibilities and qualifications) "Senior Librarian" categories; department heads, the director of the library, and certain specialists would presumably have the additional qualifications and responsibilities which place them in the "Senior Librarian" category. In addition, the categories are not discreet, library staff members may actually be performing tasks in a number of categories. The categories are not static, but dynamic and are meant to provide a guide to assist in illustrating the wide range of job responsibilities and tasks performed in the library setting.

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