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Bibliographic Assistant I - HSC Library

Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

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Since its founding, Temple University has been committed to challenging the status quo. Today, we are an international powerhouse and a top-tier research institution with nearly 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and more than 340,000 alumni worldwide. 

Temple University Libraries serves the Temple community and beyond, including more than 37,000 students; over 2,000 full-time faculty; and researchers and visitors on Main, Center City, and Health Sciences Center campuses in Philadelphia and on our Ambler and Harrisburg campuses. We are committed to providing research and learning services, offering open access to our facilities and information resources, and fostering innovation and experimentation. Our collections total more than four million physical and digital titles, over 275,000 print and electronic journal subscriptions, and more than 700 research databases. We also collect, preserve, and provide access to a broad universe of special collections, including rare books, manuscripts, archives, photographs, and more. As part of our library enterprise, the award-winning Temple University Press supports our mission to advance learning and scholarship.

Reporting to the Patron Services Supervisor, the Bibliographic Assistant I is responsible for supporting the everyday operations of the information services desk by performing a diverse and often complex array of materials management functions, customer support services, and statistics record keeping. The BA I opens the library and assists the Patron Services supervisor during the daytime in overseeing information desk operations, reviewing and monitoring on-site patron needs and behaviors. The BA I also assists with training and monitoring the performance of student workers, as needed.  Provides front-line service to students, faculty and staff at a busy information desk. Answers directional and ready reference questions; assists patrons in using library equipment. Checks reserve materials in/out – including print materials, laptops and peripherals for the technology embedded in the study rooms, and anatomical models. Keeps stacks in call number order, conducts inventory, shelf-reading, and shifting of print collections as necessary. Assists with intra-library loan. Performs other duties as assigned.

*The work schedule for this position is Tuesday – Saturday, daytime hours.

*This position requires a background check.

Required Education and Experience:
At least one year of experience in a library or related setting.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

Required Skills and Abilities:
*Demonstrated computer skills and proficiency with Microsoft Office software.
*Strong verbal and written communication skills.
*Ability to follow instructions and perform detailed work.
*Strong interpersonal and customer service skills.

*Familiarity with medical terminology.
*Familiarity with Alma (integrated library system).
*Familiarity with LibCal and LibAnalytics software.
*Experience working with students.

Temple University values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity for all persons regardless of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status or any other status protected by law.

In accordance with the City of Philadelphia’s mandate, all Temple University students, faculty, staff and contractors must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by November 15, 2021, unless they have a medical or religious exemption approved by the university.  An individual is considered fully vaccinated (2) weeks or more following the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or (2) weeks or more following a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Individuals who do not meet the University’s vaccination or exemption requirement by November 15, 2021 will be prohibited from working until proof of vaccination or an exemption is provided.  For more information visit the university's Vaccines web page at   

Compliance Statement: In the performance of their functions as detailed in the position description employees have an obligation to avoid ethical, legal, financial and other conflicts of interest to ensure that their actions and outside activities do not conflict with their primary employment responsibilities at the institution. Employees are also expected to understand and be in compliance with applicable laws, University and employment policies and regulations, including NCAA regulations for areas and departments which their essential functions cause them to interact.

To obtain additional information about Temple University please visit our website at 

Temple University's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains statistics, policies, and procedures related to campus safety and can be found at:

You may request a copy of the report by calling Temple University’s Campus Safety Services at 215-204-7900.


Primary Location: Pennsylvania-Philadelphia-Health Sciences Campus (HSC)-Medical Education and Research Building
Job: Staff
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Employee Status: Regular


One of the nation’s top urban public research universities, Temple University is a dynamic workplace in the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant cities. Founded in 1884 as a night school for the working-class men and women of North Philadelphia, for 130 years Temple has retained its core mission of being a beacon of educational opportunity to students of every background, while adding a national and global reputation as a leader in education, research and real-world oriented instruction.

With nearly 39,000 students and 290,000 living alumni, Temple has a major impact on its region and on Philadelphia, the nation’s 5th largest city. One in seven college graduates in the Philadelphia area holds a Temple degree, and the university is the 4th largest provider of professional education in the nation (law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and podiatry). Temple offers 17 schools and colleges, 399 academic degree programs, 17 Division 1 intercollegiate men’s and women’s athletic teams, as well as nine campuses including international campuses in Italy and Rome.  

Like the students the university serves, Temple’s approximately 8,000 employees are hardworking, diverse and energized by the vibrant and supportive work environments across the university, all aligned towards advancing the teaching, research and service missions of Temple University.

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