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General Function

Performs advanced administrative tasks related to supervising the operations of a library division

Job Details

Functional Title

Library Associate

Job Code


Classification Series

Library Support




University Libraries


Non exempt

Last Updated

September 3013

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities—Essential Functions

  • Oversees and reviews operations of unit; sets priorities and goals; ensures smooth work flow; enforces policies and procedures; ensures work product meets professional standards.
  • Serves as informational resource to staff; investigates and resolves problems or difficulties related to area of expertise.
  • Assists Library patrons; answers inquiries and provides information.
  • Oversees staff, schedules and assigns tasks; monitors and evaluates performance.
  • Prepares various reports regarding operations.
  • May maintain inventory of supplies; may reorder as necessary.

Reporting Relationships

Direction Received: Reports to Library Dean, Director, Head Librarian or Librarian in charge of Library unit (i.e. Music Librarian, Art Librarian, Head of Technical Services, etc.)

Direction Given: Direct supervision of classified staff (Library Assistant, Sr. Library Assistant, Library Technician, and Sr. Library Technician), and student staff including graduate assistants

Minimum Requirements

Requires the equivalent of an associate's degree and three years library experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Worker Characteristics

  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures
  • Strong knowledge of subject matter covered by library department
  • Knowledge of computer and library related software
  • Supervisory skills

Working Conditions

Periodic assignments given which entail dealing with modestly unpleasant physical situations

Please note: The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular positions. Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. For jobs occupied by more than one employee, the identification of non-essential functions shall be determined from the individual’s position description.

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