Library Technical Specialist S-2019

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Position Title Library Technical Specialist S-2019 Distinguishing Career Features

The Library Technical Specialist requires the ability to provide advanced copy cataloging.

Job Description


Provides technical library services connected with cataloging procedures, research, reference, and bibliographic services. Selects, verifies, interprets, and modifies bibliographic records to meet library standards. Participates in the selection of the library’s print, non-print and electronic resources.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
• Prepares library materials including books, periodicals, microfilm, and media materials for introduction into the library collection.
• Performs original on-line cataloging functions according to Library of Congress, Classification Schedules and Subject Headings.
• Selects, downloads, verifies, and inputs bibliographic records and descriptions to on-line databases. Bar codes newly cataloged materials.
• Assigns subject headings, classification/call numbers, and call notes. Refers to subject cataloging manuals and free floating subdivisions. Determines where book will be located in circulation areas.
• Processes print and non-print materials for introduction into the library materials collection, including cataloging, preparing acquisitions in the on-line card catalog, preparing and verifying labels and pockets and affixing identification labels to materials.
• Process instructor reserve materials for shelving. Inserts security strips and produce and apply designation labels. Bar codes and enters each instructor reserve item into the computerized catalog system.
• Prepares and maintains manual and computerized records and files of instructor reserve materials. Send lists of materials to each instructor for verification.
• Catalogs and processes continuations. Receives and checks books against invoice to verify for accuracy. Checks for duplicates and verifies that all continuations follow succession.
• Maintains ongoing integrity of library databases by adding, revising, and updating records to change or enhance tags and fields affecting public access to information.
• Catalogs internet sites for library use that comply with coding rules and standards for electronic resources. Tests links to web sites and verifies that access to sites are valid.
• Tests and links to on-line public access catalogs.
• Maintains and monitors periodical subscriptions, ensuring complete listing and documentation of holdings.
• Prepares a variety of records and lists for the library including subject bibliographies, acquisition and circulation lists. Maintains up-to-date manual and electronic card catalogs.
• Processes a full range of library material and fee transactions.
• Processes inter-library loan requests. Searches and transfers requested materials to locations and individuals. Monitors in-and-out distribution and location of publications.
• Processes and maintains records for requests, receipts, and returns of cooperative library system materials.
• May perform bibliographic verification or searching involving either manual or computerized techniques requiring accuracy and knowledge of library terms and bibliographic elements.
• Performs the duties of a Library Technical Clerk.
• Maintains currency of knowledge and skills related to the duties and responsibilities.
• Performs other related duties as assigned.


Knowledge and Skills
The position requires working knowledge of library on-line cataloging services, sufficient to prepare materials for circulation and public access. Requires knowledge of and skill at intermediate referencing and conducting bibliographic searches. Requires working knowledge of the Library of Congress classification system. Requires a working knowledge of machine-readable classification and coding. Requires working knowledge of general Library operations, goals, and objectives. Requires sufficient human relations skills to convey technical concepts to patrons, provide work instructions to others, resolve urgent needs, and exercise sensitivity to diverse populations. Requires sufficient arithmetic skills to arrange materials in numerical sequences and to calculate sums. Requires sufficient writing skills to document instructions on use of library services.

Requires the ability to process and catalog materials into circulation, and to develop and maintain internet links. Requires the ability to perform intermediate referencing and bibliographic services. Requires the ability to follow detailed procedures such as standard library cataloging and filing rules. Must be able to explain library services, layout, rules, and policies. Requires the ability to deal courteously with library patrons including students, faculty, staff, and the public. Requires the ability to work cooperatively and productively with others.

May require a valid driver’s license. Work is performed indoors where minimal safety considerations exist.

Required Qualifications

The position requires a high school diploma or equivalent plus college courses in library subjects and three years of experience in an academic library performing circulation, cataloging, collections, and reference services.

Preferred Qualifications

Copy cataloging experience using OCLC.
Library Technician Certificate.

Transcripts and Foreign Degrees

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide copies of all transcript(s) verifying all educational degree(s) and/or coursework required for the position.

A foreign transcript must be evaluated by a NACES certified agency. The web address is

All qualifying educational degrees/training must be from regionally accredited colleges and/or universities.

Physical Demands

Incumbent must be able to function indoors in an office and/or library circulation desk environment engaged in work primarily of a sedentary nature. Requires hearing and speech ability for ordinary conversation and to project voice to a small group. Requires sufficient manual and/or finger dexterity to type/keyboard and otherwise operate microcomputers and other office equipment. Requires ambulatory ability to sit, walk, to move about office and campus environs, and to lift and carry light to medium weight materials on an intermittent basis.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number CLS00076P Open Date 01/17/2019 Close Date 04/12/2019 Salary/Fringe Benefits

Grade 29 on District Classified Salary Schedule ($3745/month-$4492/month).

Health and welfare benefits include District contribution for medical/dental/vision benefits and employee life insurance ($50,000). (Cash in lieu option available on medical insurance.)

Participation in the Public Employees Retirement System and Social Security.

Conditions of Employment

This is a full-time, 12-calendar month classified position.

The Library is open from 7:30am – 10pm Monday through Thursday, 7:30am – 3pm Friday, and 10am – 3pm Saturday. The individual in this position will be expected to work at least one evening until 10:15pm each week, and at least one Saturday per month.

Initial placement of employees on Classified Salary schedule is at Step 1. After six months of successful probationary employment, employee is placed at Step 2.

Employment is to be effective as soon as possible following completion of the selection process.

Individual who is offered employment shall be required to obtain fingerprints for a criminal history clearance through the State Department of Justice and remit the required fee for processing the fingerprints (no fee if obtained at Cerritos College Campus Police Station), produce an original social security card, and submit negative TB test results (must be within the past four years or within the last 60 days if not previously employed in a school district in California) before employment.

Proof of eligibility to work in the United States and signing of loyalty oath per Government Codes 3100-3109.

College/Department Profile

Cerritos College is ranked 14th among the top 100 schools with the highest Hispanic enrollment in the United States by the United States Department of Education.

Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Enrollment currently averages 22,500 students. Visit Cerritos College online at

The Cerritos College Library is seeking individuals who are compassionate, creative, and positive to join an outstanding team of staff, faculty, and administrators to provide high quality service to students in the areas of technical services and circulation. Under the supervision of the Dean, Academic Success, the Library Technical Specialist will provide copy cataloging services to prepare materials for access and deliver services to students at the circulation desk.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Confidential Letters of Recommendation Instructions:

If the person writing the recommendation letter wishes to submit the letter confidentially, they should email it to the District directly at: [email protected]

• The letter should state the position title you are applying for on the subject line.

•The confidential letter would need to be received by the District by the position closing date.

•In order to bypass the letter of recommendation system requirement when applying, you would need to create a one-sentence word document stating the confidential letter of recommendation will be emailed directly to the District, and you would upload this to the system when completing your application.

Application Procedure

Application materials must be submitted by the closing date. Applicants who need special services or facilities due to disability in order to apply or interview for this position must notify Human Resources at the time of application or at least 72 hours prior to the closing date or date of a scheduled interview.

Selection Procedure

Following the closing date, applications will be reviewed to ensure accuracy and completeness, and to evaluate qualifications, etc. Candidates selected for further consideration will be limited to those applicants in the competitive group who best meet the qualifications for this position. Interviews will then be conducted by a selection committee for final selection and recommendation for employment.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Cerritos College website
    • CCC Registry
    • CalJobs
    • Community College Week (
    • Current/former employee
    • Other
  2. If you chose "Other" as the recruitment source above, please type in your recruitment source here.

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover letter
  3. Copy of Transcripts (Must show all coursework completed and the conferral date of the degree)
  4. Letter of Recommendation A (Written within one year)
  5. Letter of Recommendation B (Written within one year)
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    Posted: 1/22/2019
    Application Due: 4/12/2019
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