Hebraica Library Specialist
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Posted Job Title
Hebraica Library Specialist
Job Profile Title
Job Description Summary
Reporting to the Head of Global Studies Technical Services, the
Hebraica Library Specialist, working at an advanced level and
independently, will acquire and describe Hebrew language and
related materials for the Penn Libraries in accordance with
established standards and institutional policy. In both
acquisitions and cataloging, the incumbent will perform complex
problem-solving using advanced analytical skills. The incumbent
will collaborate closely with the Hebraica Cataloging Librarian and
the Curator of Judaica Collections.
- In accordance with cataloging standards/rules and local
practice, perform routine and complex copy cataloging of Hebrew
language and related materials.
- In accordance with University and Penn Libraries policies and
practice, perform routine and complicated ordering, receipt, and
invoicing of Hebrew language and related materials, including
frequent direct communication with vendors.
- Perform routine and advanced searches of Penn Libraries
catalogs (Franklin & Alma), external bibliographic utilities
(e.g. OCLC Connexion), and online marketplaces (e.g. vendor
websites, Amazon) for bibliographic and acquisitions
- Process physical inventory, including unboxing materials (with
occasional lifting of boxes), barcoding of library items, and
transporting book trucks through Penn Libraries spaces.
- Solve routine and complex bibliographic and acquisitions
problems involving Hebrew language and related materials, including
providing language expertise to other Penn Libraries staff as
- Train and supervise student assistants, and review their work
- Bachelor's degree and 0-1 year of experience required or
equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Strong knowledge, written and spoken, of modern Hebrew language
- Excellent problem-solving skills, including ability to pay
attention to detail.
- Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal,
including the ability to interact with Hebrew-language
- Experience with library work, preferably in cataloging or
- Strong computer skills in a Windows computing environment
Targeted Pay Range
- A Cover Letter and Resume/CV are required to be considered for
this position. Please upload your Cover Letter where it asks you to
upload your Resume/CV; multiple documents are allowed.
Job Location - City, State
- $33.31 - $36.44 hourly, per collective bargaining agreement.
Commensurate with education and experience.
Department / School
$33.31 - $36.63
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