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Departmental Overview The University of California Library Bindery supports preservation programs at all University of California libraries and departments. Under direction of the department supervisor, production employees perform a variety of tasks to produce binding for monographs and journals. The scope of production activities also includes conservation services, pamphlet binding, archival enclosures, scanning, and photocopying. Library Bindery staff work cooperatively together at a variety of production tasks to meet the department's objectives for returning work on time and producing a quality product work that withstands heavy use and wear and tear associated with library circulation.
Staff are expected to maintain shop quality standards and consistently attain posted production rates in their daily assignments. Each book processed in the department is unique, and in many cases irreplaceable. Therefore, staff must take appropriate steps to prevent damage or destruction of library materials in processing. The department provides on-the-job training opportunities for all staff and welcomes individuals who take initiative to enhance their production skills.
Responsibilities The Library Bookbinder performs much of the handwork required to prepare books and materials for machine processing; i.e., sorting, stacking, counting and sizing. Performed correctly, their work is critical to an efficient and error-free operation. Library Bookbinders also input title information and produce lettered cloth to make book covers. Key Responsibilities include:
I. Direct Production Activities
CHECKING IN AND PREPARATION ACTIVITIES: Books counted, sorted, and organized. Covers removed, pages checked for completeness, books sorted for different binding processes
BINDING ACTIVITIES: Fan gluing, hand sewing, assisting on the automated adhesive binder, and trimming end papers. Collect, organize, and measure materials after binding.
COVER MANUFACTURING: Cut and prepare boards for hard covers, letter cover cloth, laminate paperback covers, press covers to text block.
FINISHED PRODUCT: Inspect final product, packing, shipping, and receiving.
STAND ALONE PRODUCTION ACTIVITIES: Wire stitching pamphlets, make archival enclosures, photocopy and document scanning.
USING HAND TOOLS: knives, wrenches, wire pullers, measuring devices, sanding blocks, folding bines, scissors
MACHINERY - operate and maintain: various glue machines, wire stitching machine, book presses, hot foil stamper, laminator, and hand paper/board cutters.
SAFETY: use safe work practices and follow department safety rules
II. Indirect Production Activities
ONLINE TRAINING/EMAIL: basic computer skills to perform personnel transactions, participate in online training and communicate thru email as necessary for job
SHIPPING/RECEIVING: stage and prepare documentation for outgoing materials. Verify accurate receipt of materials
INVENTORY STOCKING and STOCK CUTTING: replenish direct material supplies as needed
MACHINE MAINTENANCE: oil, grease, and clean glue machines as assigned
ORGANIZATION AND CLEANLINESS: maintain tools, materials, and supplies in an organized manner for use by all staff. Keep working areas clutter-free and swept clean. Participate in rotational assignments to empty shop trash containers.
TRAINING AND MEETINGS: Attend and participate in trainings, department meetings, and campus meetings as assigned.
Able to read and write legibly; follow oral and written instructions and read proper measurements on measuring devices.
Possess physical ability and stamina to pack and unpack binding materials; operate various binding machines.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Must be detailed oriented
Proficiency with basic computer skills including keyboarding and e-mail
Education/Training: Education and experience equivalent to High School graduation and up to two years of related experience preferred.
Experience in fast paced production environment, bindery, or printing company
How to Apply Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
Other Information This is a 100% FTE, 'limited' appointment. Anticipated end date for this appointment is 10/31/2019. Library Bindery is located off-campus at 1301 South 46th Street, Richmond, CA 94804
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