Princeton University Library seeks an energetic and engaging individual for the position of Special Collections Assistant III within the East Asian Library. This position engages in both collections and student employee management of up to 25 student employees under the supervision of the Library Supervisor.
The position will work on weekday evenings during the school year and during the day in the summer and intersessions. Anticipated final hours for this position are Monday through Friday 1pm to 9pm (during the semester) and Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm (during summer and breaks ). Flexibility during pandemic is expected, and may include weekend hours.
Manage Student Assistants:
The individual assists in training, reinforcing skills, and engaging with student employees on a day-to-day basis. This includes assisting in implementing new workflows for the library, keeping track of day-to-day work to prevent mistakes, and assigning work to student employees as needed. The position responds to student employees’ questions on daily workflow and assists employees in learning daily responsibilities.
This individual works on and manages long term and recurring projects under the supervision and direction of the Library Supervisor to ensure the sustainability of library projects. This includes regular ongoing projects such as shifting, ReCAPing, inventory management, and barcoding as well as other projects that with stacks collections. The position manages the workflow with the assistance of student employees and identifies problem areas within the library stacks that need to be addressed.
Assisting patrons at the circulation desk including maintaining the circulation desk when there are no students available to work. This includes checking in and checking out items, answering the phone, and responding to patron questions and requirements.
The Special Collections Assistant III processes the incoming Annex, ReCAP, and Borrow Direct materials and maintains the hold shelf for the library as requests come in and expire. This individual also conducts daily stacks maintenance including tracing missing books, item record maintenance, identifying and reporting building and facilities issues, and maintaining the physical stack areas as well as study carrels. Additionally, this role handles overdue items, recalled items, and handles fine notices.
Provides redundancy for the Special Collections Assistant III in processing ILL and Document Delivery materials, assists the Library Supervisor in processing reserves and ILL requests, and opens and closes the library as needed. The position engages in other duties as assigned.
High School Diploma.
Demonstrated ability to handle multiple priorities.
Experience using Microsoft Office applications such as Word and Excel.
Flexibility to accommodate changes in work schedule throughout the year.
Experience working in a customer service environment.
Ability to stand and sit for long periods of time.
Ability to lift up to 25lbs and move heavy book trucks.
Strong attention to detail.
Experience working or volunteering in a library.
Knowledge of one or more East Asian Languages (Chinese, Japanese, or Korean).
Princeton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. EEO IS THE LAW.
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