This position reports to the Manager of Collection Maintenance, Off-site Storage and Bindery. The incumbent is responsible for the physical integrity and efficient updating of various materials in a large, fast-paced library collection comprising three different classification systems over several floors of shelf space.
Pick up, sort and shelve library materials in call number order; shelf- read and maintain neatness in the stacks; independently manage book shifting projects to create shelf space (<100 shelves); search for missing books; open and sort library mail.
Participating in detailed planning, calculation and execution of complex group book shifts involving multiple floors. Other group projects such as processing donations, gathering library statistics, etc.
File English and German language updates into a variety of print resources, following detailed publishers' instructions. Pull superseded materials. Consult records in the library's ILS (TIND) to identify and solve problems. Communicating with CR staff to claim missing materials.
Under direction of the Offsite Storage Coordinator, process damaged items and edit records in the library's ILS, according to parameters of special projects.
With minimal supervision, train and supervise part-time student workers in various collection maintenance tasks.
Other duties as assigned.
High school diploma or equivalent required.
Fluent in English and Intermediate knowledge of German language.
Academic library technical services experience and/or law library experience.
Some knowledge of how to review and edit bibliographic information in ILS catalog records in a variety of languages.
Intermediate to advance experience with Excel, word processing, and email required.
Intermediate to advance experience with Google software such as Google Docs, Sheets, and Forms.
Must have a strong service orientation and the ability to work both independently and in a team.
Strong written and verbal communication skills required.
Ability to work with dusty books and in dusty environments for extended periods.
College degree preferred, but not required
Reading knowledge of additional Eastern/Western European languages.
Basic/intermediate knowledge of image editing software.
A foreign language test and Library of Congress call number order test will be given during interview.
Ability to push heavy book trucks, physically shift books for 1-2 hours at a time, stand for extended periods, ability to occasionally lift boxes up to 50 lbs.; stoop, squat, kneel, and reach overhead.
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
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