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LIBRARY CAREER LATTICE

Library/Information Science Career Path

Other Educational Career Path

Senior Librarian

Senior Specialist

libraries which are part of such a system can often maintain the local service with building staff at the Associate level.

Librarian

Specialist

LIS Associate

Associate Specialist

LIS Assistant

Assistant Specialist

Clerk

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FIGURE 2

If one thinks of Career Lattices rather than Career Ladders, the flexibility intended by the Policy Statement may be better visualized. The movement among staff responsibilities, for example, is not necessarily directly up, but often may be lateral to increased responsibilities of equal importance. Each category embodies a number of promotional steps within it, as indicated by the gradation markings on each bar. The top of any category overlaps in responsibility and salary with the higher category.

Comments on the Categories

14. The Clerk classifications do not require formal academic training in library subjects. The assignments in these categories are based upon general clerical and secretarial proficiencies. Familiarity with basic library terminology and routines necessary to adapt clerical skills to the library's needs is best learned on the job.

15. The Assistant categories assume certain kinds of specific "technical" skills; they are not meant simply to accommodate advanced clerks. While clerical skills might well be part of a Assistant's equipment, the emphasis in an assignment should be on the special technical skill. For example, someone who is skilled in handling multimedia equipment, or at introductory data processing, or display art might well be hired in the Assistant Specialist category for these skills, related to librarianship only to the extent that they are employed in a library. An LIS Assistant is a person with certain specifically

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