CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Librarians, Professional

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Library
Benchmark Title: Librarians, Professional
Summary Job Description Tasks
Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers' advisory services. May perform in-depth, strategic research, and synthesize, analyze, edi t, and filter information. May set up or work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information. Search standard reference materials, including online sources and the Internet, to answer patrons' reference questions.
Analyze patrons' requests to determine needed information, and assist in furnishing or locating that information.
Check books in and out of the library.
Explain use of library facilities, resources, equipment, and services, and provide information about library policies.
Code, classify, and catalog books, publications, films, audiovisual aids, and other library materials based on subject matter or standard library classification systems.
Locate unusual or unique information in response to specific requests.
Direct and train library staff in duties such as receiving, shelving, researching, cataloging, and equipment use.
Respond to customer complaints, taking action as necessary.
Organize collections of books, publications, documents, audiovisual aids, and other reference materials for convenient access.
Develop library policies and procedures.
Evaluate materials to determine outdated or unused items to be discarded.
Plan and deliver client-centered programs and services such as special services for corporate clients, storytelling for children, newsletters, or programs for special groups.
Compile lists of books, periodicals, articles, and audiovisual materials on particular subjects.
Arrange for interlibrary loans of materials not available in a particular library.
Assemble and arrange display materials.
Compile lists of overdue materials, and notify borrowers that their materials are overdue.
Design information storage and retrieval systems, and develop procedures for collecting, organizing, interpreting, and classifying information.
Negotiate contracts for library services, materials, and equipment.
Provide input into the architectural planning of library facilities.
Collect and organize books, pamphlets, manuscripts, and other materials in specific fields, such as rare books, genealogy, or music.
Plan and participate in fundraising drives.
Perform public relations work for the library, such as giving televised book reviews and community talks.
Write proposals for research or project grants.
Teach library patrons basic computer skills, such as searching computerized databases.
Plan and teach classes on topics such as information literacy, library instruction, and technology use.
Review and evaluate materials, using book reviews, catalogs, faculty recommendations, and current holdings, to select and order print, audiovisual, and electronic resources.
Confer with colleagues, faculty, and community members and organizations to conduct informational programs, make collection decisions, and determine library services to offer.
Develop, maintain, and troubleshoot information access aids, such as databases, annotated bibliographies, web pages, electronic pathfinders, software programs, and online tutorials.
Evaluate vendor products and performance, negotiate contracts, and place orders.
Engage in professional development activities, such as taking continuing education classes and attending or participating in conferences, workshops, professional meetings, and associations.
Represent library or institution on internal and external committees.
Develop and maintain databases that provide information for library users.
Keep up to date records of circulation and materials, maintain inventory, and correct cataloging errors.
Supervise daily library operations, budgeting, planning, and personnel activities, such as hiring, training, scheduling, and performance evaluations.
Author or publish professional articles, internal documents, and instructional materials.
Complete minor repairs and cleaning of library resources, equipment, and facilities, such as dusting and fixing printer paper jams.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Library
Benchmark Title: Librarians, Professional
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
Personnel and Human Resources Knowledge of principles and procedures for personnel recruitment, selection, training, compensation and benefits, labor relations and negotiation, and personnel information systems.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Library
Benchmark Title: Librarians, Professional
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
Negotiation Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Library
Benchmark Title: Librarians, Professional
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Time Sharing The ability to shift back and forth between two or more activities or sources of information (such as speech, sounds, touch, or other sources).
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Library
Benchmark Title: Librarians, Professional
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat software Document management software
Adobe Systems Adobe Dreamweaver Web page creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe Flash Player Web page creation and editing software
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
Apple iMovie Video creation and editing software
Blogging software Web page creation and editing software
CATNYP Library software
Cascading Style Sheets CSS Web platform development software
CatchTheWeb Data base user interface and query software
Classification Web Information retrieval or search software
Database software Data base user interface and query software
Desktop publishing software Desktop publishing software
Dynix Digital Library Library software
Electronic Online Systems International EOS.Web Library software
Email software Electronic mail software
Ex Libris Group Aleph Data base user interface and query software
Ex Libris Group Voyager Library software
Extensible HyperText Markup Language XHTML Web platform development software
Extensible markup language XML Enterprise application integration software
FileMaker Pro software Data base user interface and query software
HTTrack Data base user interface and query software
Hypertext markup language HTML Web platform development software
Infovision Amlib Library software
Inmagic Genie Library software
Inmagic TextWorks Data base user interface and query software
Innovative Interfaces Millennium Library software
Kelowna Software L4U Library software
LexisNexis software Information retrieval or search software
MC2 Systems Auto Librarian Library software
Macropool Web Research Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Access Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Microsoft Onfolio Data base user interface and query software
Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation software
Microsoft Word Word processing software
National Library of Medicine DOCLINE Library software
National Library of Medicine Medline Data base user interface and query software
Online Computer Library Center OCLC Library software
PHP: Hypertext Preprocessor Web platform development software
PrimaSoft PC Small Library Organizer Pro Library software
RCL Software Media Library Manager Library software
Really Simple Syndication RSS Web page creation and editing software
Saora Keepoint Data base user interface and query software
SirsiDynix Symphony Library software
Social networking software Web page creation and editing software
Sun Microsystems Java Object or component oriented development software
Surpass software Library software
Thomson Scientific Dialog Data base user interface and query software
Web browser software Internet browser software
WebClarity Software BookWhere Library software
Westlaw Information retrieval or search software
Wiki software Web page creation and editing software
WorldCat Library software
Yahoo Flickr Web page creation and editing software
askSam Systems SurfSaver Data base user interface and query software
Barcode scanners Bar code reader equipment
Bookmobiles Cargo trucks
Cash registers Cash registers
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital video disk DVD players Digital video disk players or recorders
Film projectors Film projectors
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Microfiche readers Microfiche or microfilm viewers
Microfilm printers Microfiche reader printers
Microfilm readers Microfiche or microfilm viewers
Multi-line telephone systems Special purpose telephones
Personal computers Personal computers
Photocopying equipment Photocopiers
Public address PA systems Public address systems
Scanners Scanners
Video cassette recorders VCR Video cassette players or recorders
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Library
Benchmark Title: Librarians, Professional
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
On-Site or In-Plant Training Up to and including 1 month
Related Work Experience Over 1 year, up to and including 2 years
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Library
Benchmark Title: Librarians, Professional
Alternate Job Title(s)
Access Services Librarian
Acquisitions Librarian
Administrative Librarian
Adult Reference Librarian
Adult Services Librarian
Archival Collections Librarian
Audio-Visual Librarian
Automation Librarian
Bookmobile Librarian
Branch or Department Chief Librarian
Business and Economics Librarian
Catalog Librarian
Catalogue Librarian
Chemical Librarian
Chemistry and Chemical Engineering Librarian
Children's Librarian
Circulation Manager
Civil and Environmental Engineering Librarian
Co-op Librarian
Collection Development Librarian
Collection Management Librarian
College Librarian
Coordinator of Learning Resources
Coordinator of Library Services
County Law Library Coordinator
Digital Librarian
Director of Visual Education
Document Manager
Document Services Librarian
Electronic Collections Librarian
Electronic Resources Librarian
Elementary Librarian
Elementary Library Media Specialist
Extension Services Librian
Film Librarian
Government Documents Coordinator
Government Documents Librarian
Head of Acquisitions
Head of Circulation
Head of Circulation Department
Head of Government Information Services
Head of Information Services
Head of Outreach and Delivery Services
Head of Print Serials Section
Head of Reference Services
High School Librarian
High School Library Media Specialist
Hospital Librarian
Information Scientist
Information Services Librarian
Institution Librarian
Instruction Librarian
Interlibrary Loan Librarian
Interlibrary Loan Services Librarian
International Broadcast Music Librarian
Law Librarian
Library Circulation Department Chief
Library Director
Library Manager
Library Media Specialist
Library Supervisor
Library Technical Assistant
Library Technician
Media Center Specialist
Media Librarian
Medical Librarian
Medical Library Technician
Medical Record Librarian
Music Librarian
News Librarian
Outreach Librarian
Periodicals Librarian
Prison Librarian
Public Services Librarian
Record Librarian
Reference Bibliographer
Reference Librarian
Research Librarian
School Librarian
School Library Media Specialist
Serials Cataloger Librarian
Serials Librarian
Special Collections Librarian
Special Library Librarian
Systems Librarian
Technical Services Librarian
University Librarian
Visual Education Director
Young Adult Librarian
Youth Services Librarian
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Library
Benchmark Title: Librarians, Professional
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