The Media Specialist's duties range as to the level of expertise possessed by the individual in the position. At a basic level, the Media Specialist maintains a library of media (tapes, cassettes and microfiche), which presents few difficult data processing problems (e.g. damaged media or misplaced media). In response to data processing problems, this person applies data processing or corrective procedures, refers problems which do not have preplanned procedures, and works under general supervision of the higher-level Media Specialists.
At a higher level, the Media Specialist maintains a range of media (tapes, cassettes and microfiche). In addition to maintaining the media library and resolving common data processing problems, the incumbent diagnoses and acts on media errors not fully covered by existing procedures and guidelines (e.g., tape, disposition or making mechanical adjustments to maintain or restore media equipment). In response to media error reports, this Worker may deviate from standard procedures if standard procedures do not provide a solution. Media Specialists adapt to a variety of nonstandard problems that require extensive specialist assistance (e.g., expiration date on media, media internally labeled incorrectly or frequent introduction of new media technology). In response to media error conditions, this Worker chooses or devises a course of action.