Library Clerk

Job description

Library Clerk

Posting Number: 20110729
Job Category: Student

Job Description Summary:
Southwestern Michigan College is seeking a student worker Library Clerk for the Dowagiac Campus.

The student worker will assist the needs of students, faculty, and staff at the Information Hub. This position requires excellent customer service skills, effective and efficient communication skills, and computer literacy. The candidate must be energetic and eager to assist the library staff and patrons. This position is scheduled to work 10-20 hours a week, primarily mornings and afternoons. The student worker may, on rare occasions, be asked to work evenings or weekends.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Level I

  • Understand and effectively communicate basic library policies and procedures.
  • Provide circulation support through checking in and checking out library materials.
  • Shelve materials.
  • Perform mail runs and book drop pickups.
  • Create book displays and signs.
  • Answer the phone and transfer calls.
  • Operate a cash register and multi-function printer.
  • Direct patrons to appropriate collections and resources.
  • Assist patrons with searching the library catalog.
  • Answer basic reference questions.
  • The duties listed in this job description are not all-inclusive, but a list of the major responsibilities. Additional duties not noted in the job description may be assigned by a supervisor.

    The physical activity of this position.
  • Talking. Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
  • Hearing. Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discriminations in sound.
    The physical requirements of this position.
  • Light work. Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects.
    The visual acuity requirements including color, depth perception, and field vision.
  • The employee is required to have close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.
    The conditions the employee will be subject to in this position.
  • None. The employee is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions

    Required Qualifications:
    • Excellent customer service and communication skills
    • Computer literacy
    • Very detail-oriented
    • Ability to learn the complexities of the circulation and online catalog system, as well as the Library of Congress call number system

    Preferred Qualifications:
    • Past library work and/or experience using office equipment.

    Other Information:
    Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted.

    You must be enrolled at the College on a full-time or part-time basis (minimum of 3 credit hours for summer semester and minimum 6 credit hours for fall semester); Contact hours will not be used to meet the 3/6 credit hour minimum.


    You must be enrolled or continuing your education with Ferris State University or Michigan State Univeristy on the campus of SMC and be enrolled in a minimum of 3 summer/ 6 fall or spring credit hours.

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    Job No:
    Posted: 11/6/2018
    Application Due: 12/5/2018
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