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Library Assistant II

1. Definitions

This is the second level in the series. Incumbents in both public and technical services are expected to have a general knowledge of library procedures and policies as they relate to several broad functions of a subunit or an entire unit of the library. A general knowledge of department and library activities, policies, and procedures is necessary. Incumbents perform work that is standardized in content and which involves the application of established practices. They may be expected to make decisions about routine matters and use some judgment regarding the application of general instructions. Identifying problems may require investigation. Past experience may not always be applicable. Time and research to identify alternatives may be required. Existing guidelines, while clear and well-defined, may not always be applicable and some judgment may be required to explain them. Independent judgment is required when weighing alternatives, deciding between conflicting guidelines, or prioritizing work tasks. In general, employees will choose their own method of completing a job assignment from among a number of options previously provided by a supervisor. Incumbents may suggest ways to improve current procedures and methods. The library assistant II is able to provide a higher level of information to library users, to use library/ computer systems as resources, and to render assistance in many instances without referring the inquiry to another person. Incumbents may schedule the work of and train student assistants as well as provide advice and direction to them. The majority of assignments (more than 50 percent) are at this level.

Minimum Hire-in Rate

Minimum After Probationary Rate



2.  Knowledge & Abilities

General knowledge of computer applications in the library; the academic library setting; the library's collection; the system under which library materials are classified; and the catalog.  Working knowledge of the activities, policies, and procedures of the area to which the position is assigned and how that area interacts with other parts of the library.  Ability to: work accurately with attention to detail; use discretion in applying rules, regulations, and procedures; communicate effectively using standard spoken and written English; work cooperatively with others; use a typewriter  and/or word processor; read and write English at a level appropriate to the position.  Ability to: work independently using relevant knowledge to determine the best course of action; interpret, modify, and verify library records within established rules and procedures; understand and operate library computer systems and use the resulting outputs; understand and interpret library rules and bibliographic standards and apply them with accuracy; and perform a number of duties and administrative tasks.

3.  Education & Experience

Education requirement is the stated number of years of education or units of post secondary education or equivalent combination of knowledge and experience.

2 years Library Assistant 1 and 2 years of education (60 units), or equivalent; 1 year Library Assistant 1 or 4 years education (120 units), or equivalent