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Library Assistant for Technical Services

Fisk University
Tennessee, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Apr 6, 2022

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time
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Supports the library’s mission to provide access to library and informati0on s0ources for users. Assists with collection development, cataloging, processing, and preservation of materials. Assists in Access Services as needed, particularly at the circulation desk and in instruction in use of the online catalog. Position requires ability to use the library’s automaton system for online cataloging and circulation services.


Below list the main essential functions of the position as well as provide a detailed description of each function/responsibility.

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25%   Supervises all aspects of technical services including departmental staff training

25%  Establishes overall workflow, policies, and procedures and coordinates     acquisitions, cataloging, processing, binding and electronic resources

10% Identifies and selects materials to be added to the library collection according to the library’s established collection development policies

5%   Catalogs all types of library materials

5%   Oversees updates of software versions, system backups, and other information technology issues

5%  Assists in providing information literacy training to students and faculty

5%  Maintains ongoing analysis of community needs and modifies services, collections, and programs accordingly

10% Maintains and analyzes statistics and assists in other library projects and reports

5%  Participates in library projects, including collection assessment, material weeding

3%  Handles receipt, disposal and acknowledgement of gift materials for the library collection



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  • Excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills
  • Reads and interprets bibliographic records
  • Understands and applies principles of descriptive and subject cataloging rules
  • Utilizes cataloging tools and the standards that govern each
  • Applies relevant national and international bibliographic control standards (AACRII, MARC, Metadata, Dublin Core, etc.)
  • Plans and implements new technologies in areas of resource management
  • Maintains knowledge of current library trends and innovations, especially those relating to bibliographic control and resource management
  • Applies library materials selection theory and tools
  • Good knowledge of African American resources
  • Firm knowledge of the library’s Sierra System
  • Ability to work independently and with teams



Education: Bachelor’s degree preferably in the humanities; some graduate work is desirable.

Experience: Minimum of 3- years of experience in technical services in college or university; some experience working with African American collections desired      


Licenses or Certificates: none


Physical strength and ability to move up to 30 pounds of materials at one time.



Normal office conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

This job description is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.


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