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Posted Job Title
Library Assistant â“ Dental and Atwood Veterinary Libraries
Job Profile Title
Library Assistant I
Job Description Summary
The primary role of the LA position is to work in both the Dental and Atwood Veterinary Libraries, with the division of time to be determined by the librarians at the two units. The LA will work closely with other library units, including assisting with emergency staffing in other libraries within the working cluster. The LA must be flexible in providing coverage between the two library locations, proactively monitoring staffing needs in LibStaffer and coordinating with the librarian occasionally on very short notice. Regular hours are daytime Monday through Friday. Regular schedules at each location will be established by the heads of the Dental Library and Atwood Veterinary Library, in consultation with the LA, at the time of hiring and will be confirmed or modified each semester.
Public services duties may include the following:
Assist in staffing the Dental and Atwood Veterinary Libraries, able to function independently without supervisor intervention, including moving between library locations on short notice.
Assist with circulation services and service points. Perform tasks related to circulation of library materials.
Regularly monitor library systems queues and library email accounts throughout the day and promptly complete associated tasks.
Regularly monitor and respond to personal work email throughout the day and, when appropriate, refer inquiries to other individuals or departments.
Promptly address questions and resolve issues for patrons by phone, email, in-person and other appropriate means, including performing ready-reference, locating and accessing information resources, and using library âŽequipment.
Support enduser use of library facilities and resources and apply library policies and regulations.
Participate in document delivery functions.
Collections duties may include the following:
Assist with stack maintenance.Â
Regularly monitor status of library materials, including ordered, in-process, and missing books; report problems and delays, and follow up with appropriate individuals.
Identify damaged library material and process it for preservation, following established library procedures.
Manage new book display: prepare new books, remove older books, and maintain a neat and orderly appearance. Regularly check for delayed delivery of items, report problems, and follow up with appropriate individuals or departments.
At Dental library, maintain the journal collection and prepare journals for binding.
Proactively identify, troubleshoot, and report problems with the bibliographic records of library materials, including the way in which items are displayed in the catalog, and follow up with appropriate individuals or departments.
Other duties may include the following:
Maintain course reserves.
Maintain and order supplies, as requested by supervisor.
At the request of the supervisor, on occasion assist with student assistant management and coverage.
Proactively identify, troubleshoot, and resolve or report facilities, equipment, library systems, âŽand technology problems to appropriate parties in a timely manner, and follow-up until the issues are âŽresolved.
Under the direction of supervisor, collect, record, update, verify, and analyze library statistics and produce reports, using specified programs, including Microsoft Office applications.
Create clear and attractive signs, posters, and fliers for library services and facilities.
Attend all relevant library meetings, at the request of the supervisor.
Other duties as assigned.
Flexibility to quickly switch library locations on very short notice
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and proven ability to successfully work independently and collegially with colleagues, including student workers, interns, bargaining unit and professional staff, and the public
Strong track record of reliable attendance, punctuality, and dependability
Demonstrated ability to independently learn new systems, software, and skills and stay up-to-date with current practices
Commitment to providing patrons with the highest level of service
Conscientiousness, initiative, follow-through, good judgment, professionalism,Â discretion, problem-solving, and critical thinking
Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills
Positive attitude towards and ability to quickly adapt to changing library needs
HS Diploma or equivalent
Preferred qualifications and attributes
Public service experience and familiarity with operations of a departmental library with a physical collection
Experience searching, locating, and accessing online and physical information resources, and providing circulation and reserves services
Ability with Microsoft Office programs and LibStaffer
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$27.11 - $30.99
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Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00015431
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