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Librarian Job Classification

Under the library success best practices, managment and leadership and under HR, I would love to see a discussion about the librarian categories that I have seen in some states such as Nevada, the San Diego Library System and the state of Washington among others. Each of these places has categories for librarianship, Librarain I, Librarian II, Librarian III etc. Please take a look at or the following:

  1. Qualifications for Librarian I Rank: Master's degree from an ALA accredited library school or equivalent credentials from a foreign institution. Potential to begin establishing a record of professional achievement and service required.
  1. Qualifications for Librarian II Rank: Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution. Demonstrated ability to carry out competently the range of professional library functions pertaining to the primary assigned area of librarianship. The ability to work well independently, to make sound decisions and to have constructive/productive interactions with colleagues. Continuing record of professional achievement and service required.
  1. Qualifications for Librarian III Rank: Master's degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA accredited institution. Demonstrated excellence in job performance. Established record of excellence in professional achievement and service. Appointment at this level is based on the applicant's cumulative professional record rather than on any single accomplishment. Must have achieved statewide and/or regional recognition within the profession. (from ALA/Wayne State University)

OR

  1. Librarian I:
  1. a. Education: Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program.
  1. b. Experience: No professional experience required.
  1. c. Previous research, scholarly, or professional activities: Desired.
  1. d. Responsibility: Responsible for a special interest area or activity. May involve directing the work of clerical staff.
  1. Librarian II:
  1. a. Education: Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program.
  1. b. Experience: A minimum of three years of successful library professional experience. Specialized background/knowledge that satisfies the requirements of the position.
  1. c. Previous research, scholarly, or professional activities: Active involvement in research, scholarly, or professional activities.
  1. d. Responsibility: Responsible for an interest area or activity requiring specialized competence. May involve supervising or directing the work of professional or clerical staff.
  1. Librarian III:
  1. a. Education: Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program.
  1. b. Experience: A minimum of five years of successful library professional experience. Specialized background/knowledge that satisfies the requirements of the position.
  1. c. Previous research, scholarly, or professional activities: Contributions to the advancement of the profession and/or activities related to inquiry and research.
  1. d. Responsibility: Responsible for an interest area requiring highly specialized competence and/or directs complex or interrelated operations. May involve supervising or directing the work of professional or clerical staff.
  1. Librarian IV:
  1. a. Education: Master's degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program.
  1. b. Experience: A minimum of seven years of successful library professional experience. Specialized background/knowledge that satisfies the requirements of the position.
  1. c. Previous research, scholarly, or professional activities: Major contributions to the advancement of the profession and/or activities related to inquiry and research.
  1. d. Responsibility: Directs a major library program which involves several operating units and exercises responsibility beyond these units affecting overall library goals and objectives. May involve supervising or directing the work of professional or clerical staff.
  1. These requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Director of Libraries in consultation with the appropriate Divisional body (or bodies) and the Steering Committee of the Library Faculty Assembly. The above guidelines are used in writing position postings.

[(from Michigan state)http://www.lib.msu.edu/libadmin/handbook/Librarian_Personnel_Handbook_Contents.htm#Guidelines_for_Position_Ranking]

There are many more complex schedules with additions of assitant categories and associate categories and differences in the descriptions. With every interview I have experienced I gather that territorialism is an issue and I was thinking of researching whether more specific job classifications with inherent job descriptions might eliminate some of that territorialism while also providing for increased professionalism within libraries. These classifications are used for both public and academic libraries. --Cimoore 13:07, 2 June 2006 (EDT)cimoore

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