University Library Assistant IV

Payroll Title: UCP VIII
Class Code: 0869-9088
Job Family: LIB
FLSA Code: E
Score: 600


Under the general direction of an Area Head the incumbents independently perform highly technically advanced library tasks. Incumbents typically assume responsibility for a critical library program and apply an expert level of project management skills to their area of expertise.


Incumbents address highly advanced technical assignments and problems independently and may participate in team-based decision making that address library policies and procedures at an operational level. Incumbents may serve as a team leader or supervisor.

University Library Assistants at this level are expected to be experts in the specific library function(s) comprising their job assignments and to participate on cross functional teams and/or library-wide teams, projects, or committees where their specific skills can be applied beyond their specific job assignment. University Library Assistants at this level may also be expected to have a working knowledge of a breadth of library activities and/or in-depth knowledge of a library function outside their principle area of expertise.


The following duties and responsibilities are examples of library tasks and assignments performed by each University Library Assistant at this classification level. Specific duties will depend on the individual’s work assignment.

  1. Assumes responsibility and accountability for the development, operation and continued improvement of a major library program.
  2. Serves as the library’s expert for a module of the library’s integrated library management system. Sets library policies regarding the module and serves as the library’s operational resource.
  3. Serves as the Bibliographer or Curator for a primary library/archival collection, performing the development and maintenance functions and providing access for enhanced patron use, applying subject expertise gained through appropriate education, specialized training and experience.
  4. Implements and oversees all aspects of the library conservation program and long term preservation of materials including monitoring the environment of the library building(s) to ensure compliance with accepted conservation/preservation standards.
  5. May recruit, schedule, train, assign work to, supervise and evaluate student staff, volunteers and interns. May also supervise staff members.


  1. Bachelor’s degree and at least five years of specialized library experience in the incumbent’s area of expertise. Certain positions may require a master’s degree (non MLS) or specialized training in a subject or technical area.
  2. Specialized skills may be required for certain positions (e.g., cataloging skills, skills ready reference skills in specific discipline such as fine arts, music, pharmacy, or marine science).
  3. Working knowledge of a foreign language may be required for certain positions (e.g.; collection service).
  4. Prior supervisory experience may be required for certain positions.
  5. Excellent oral and written communication skills, excellent interpersonal, supervisory and problem-solving skills.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work independently with initiative and provide leadership to other library staff.
  7. Expertise in library applications of computer technologies typically required.
  8. Ability to work in a team-based environment and to actively participate in team-based decision-making.
  9. Demonstrated computer skills. Specific job assignments may require knowledge or experience with word processing, spreadsheet or database software applications. Specific job assignments may require ability to work independently with computer generated records in an integrated library management system or another electronic information resource.

Date Finalized: 7/98