MASSACHUSETTS LIBRARY SYSTEM

JOB DESCRIPTION COLLECTION

 

   

SHREWSBURY PUBLIC LIBRARY

SENIOR LIBRARY ASSISTANT - TECHNICAL SERVICES

 

Definition
Routine to complex administrative and technical work cataloging and preparing library materials for circulation; all other related work, as required.
 

Supervision
Work is performed under the direct supervision of the Head of Technical Services.

Performs varied and standardized duties, according to prescribed rules and procedures, requiring independent judgment and initiative.
 

Work Environment
Work is performed under busy office and typical library conditions; workload is subject to seasonal fluctuations; regular library schedule requires evening and weekend work.

The employee operates standard office and library equipment, hand tools and book mending fusion machine.

Most duties require limited interaction with the public; circulation duties require contact with library patrons, in person, and by telephone.

The employee has access to confidential patron records.

Errors could result in monetary loss or delay of services.
 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Completes descriptive cataloguing for all library materials; verifies shelf list filing for accuracy.

Processes all print and other library materials, including cataloguing, retroactive conversion, OCLC and end processing; verifies invoices for accuracy and completes labeling of new materials.

Facilitates search of C/W MARS database; enters and maintains accurate data; notifies C/W MARS of database errors; creates on-line records.

Responds to patron requests for materials.

Repairs damaged library items; discards damaged or outdated items.

Takes and transcribes minutes of monthly meeting of the Board of Library Trustees; types, edits, proofreads and composes a variety of correspondence and forms; performs a variety of administrative and support assignments.

Charges and discharges materials and responds to patron requests when assigned to Circulation Desk or ChildrenÂ’s Room; assists with maintenance of the Adult Services collection; types, checks and files orders; selects and purchases materials for designated portion of the collection.

Oversees the work of library pages and volunteers to process and repair library materials.

Performs similar or related work, as required, or as situation dictates.
 

Recommended Minimum Qualifications

Education and Experience
High school diploma; two years of experience, including one year of library experience; experience working with the public preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Knowledge, Ability and Skill
Knowledge of library policies and procedures, including automated circulation systems and information technology.

Ability to work with attention to detail and handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Ability to learn computer operations and related library databases. Ability to operate library equipment. Ability to interact tactfully and appropriately with library patrons.

Organizational and customer service skills. Oral and written communication skills. Computer and typing skills. Basic research skills.
 

Physical Requirements
Moderate physical effort is required to perform duties under typical library conditions. The employee is frequently required to sit, talk, hear, use hands to operate equipment and lift or move cartons of books, or other materials weighing up to 30 pounds. Vision requirements include the ability to read routine and complex documents and use a computer.

This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee, and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.