Job Posting: Library Assistant II, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, MA


The Library Assistant II serves as one of the members of the Technical Services Team, works closely with Public Services, and does occasional projects for Auxiliary Services (Archives and Slide Library). Primary responsibilities include assisting with cataloging and circulation. Library Assistant II serves as the key staff member on duty Saturdays during the school year, overseeing circulation operations and supervising student workers during that time. Responsibilities may change in response to library priorities, as established by regular library-wide planning.

Library Assistant reports to the Technical Services Librarian A and supervises part-time student employees, as necessary.

Regular Duties:
1. Contributes to cataloging workflow by checking holdings, creating short records, performing copy cataloging, and assisting in materials processing
2. Facilitates workflow between circulation and technical services. Is responsible for some damaged, lost, and withdrawn items. Assists with catalog clean up. Manages missing items workflow and shares information with the Collection Development Team
3. Prepares damaged items for bindery
4. Acts as circulation supervisor one weekend day per week. Performs circulation functions and provides other front-line desk services including assisting patrons with library resources and equipment in the Computer Lab. Supervises student workers and opens and closes library as scheduled ensuring compliance with facilities procedures
5. Coordinates shelf-reading for student workers
6. Provides reference assistance during designated reference shift(s) and as needed
7. Collects statistical data related to primary responsibilities
8. Oversees the preparation and submission of student timesheets and contracts. Enters relevant data into student worker budget database
9. Accountable for ensuring that affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions for which they are responsible and which fall within the scope of the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Diversity Plan

Occasional Duties:
1. Coordinates occasional collection inventories
2. Serves as back up to all library departments
3. Collaborates on policy/procedure drafting and refining
4. Works on special projects as established by library strategic planning and performs other duties as assigned

Massachusetts College of Art is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Members of under-represented groups and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment are encouraged to apply

Review of applications will begin on Tuesday, November 17, 2015 and will continue until the position is filled.

Required Qualifications

1. Applicants must have at least one year of full-time or equivalent part-time, paraprofessional experience as a library assistant. An Associate’s degree or higher may be substituted for the required experience
2. Accuracy and attention to detail
3. Knowledge of the methods used in performing library research and bibliographic searches
4. Flexibility appropriate for a dynamic work setting, including schedule changes that are seasonal and/or respond to institutional needs, and the desire to participate in collaborative problem solving
5. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
6. The physical ability to move packages and to move and shelve books and other library collections

Preferred Qualifications

1. Familiarity with bibliographic utilities (OCLC), online library systems (Voyager preferred), and Microsoft Office

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