Library and Archives Paraprofessional 3 – Botanic Gardens




Serve as a library and archives specialist and archivist for the Elisabeth C. Miller Library in the Center for Urban Horticulture, a unit of the University of Washington Botanic Gardens (“the Library”).


Perform full range of complex library tasks such as archival and records management, development and cataloging of library collection; and bibliographic and reference searches specific to horticulture.


This is the expert level of the series. Under general direction, perform complex library tasks and problem solving involving intensive application of specialized knowledge and skills. Independent discretion and judgement is regularly exercised in performing library duties and providing services to patrons. Participate in the acquisition, development, and management of the botanic gardens library collections, perform original descriptive and subject cataloging and classification, complex bibliographic and reference searches specific to the area of horticulture.


Perform original descriptive and subject cataloging and classification in accordance with established cataloging rules for the Library;

Perform complex cataloging of horticulture library materials; completes and upgrades records which require classification, subject analysis, and extensive descriptive changes; correct and add subjects or classification;

Review dealers’ catalogs and proposed library acquisition plans; recommends and prioritizes acquisition of library materials in specialized area;

Perform bibliographic and reference searches in the area of specialization using knowledge of complex reference resources, including interpreting and conferring on reference research strategies with clients;

Prepare annual, operational, and other unit reports;

Evaluate gift material for possible addition to specialized collection;

Perform pre- or post-search of materials ordered or received in area of specialization; correspond with publishers and vendors; identify and resolve problems with suppliers; assist in records transfer, accessioning, and storage;

Act as liaison with collection users, community, and other libraries; informs clients of availability of materials added to the collection; may be the appointed expert in charge of the horticulture hotline;

May serve as a foreign language resource person;

May train and provide direction and lead lower level staff including newer library staff, clerical staff, temporary or resident clerical staff, volunteers, or interns;

Perform duties of Library and Archives Paraprofessional 1 and 2 ;

Perform related duties as required.


High school graduation or equivalent and five years’ experience in the functional operations of a library including two years beyond the entry level in an area of specialization


Equivalent experience and education.


New Title: Class adopted for UW contract classified staff per PERC decision #26561-E-14-3881, adding to the WFSE Libraries bargaining unit Library and Archives Paraprofessional 3 work in UW classified non-union job code 4373 (state job code 262K) located in the University of Washington Botanic Gardens.

Revise class. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007 effective July 10, 2007

We have collapsed the classification series to 3 levels.