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Student Worker - Blough-Weis Library - Technical Services Student Specialist

Employer
Susquehanna University
Location
Selinsgrove, PA

Job Details

Position Title:

Student Worker - Blough-Weis Library - Technical Services Student Specialist

Position Approval Date:

04/26/2024

Is this position budgeted?:

Yes

Is this position an essential position?:

No

About Susquehanna:

Susquehanna University is the future-ready institution for today, invested in cultivating intellectual grounding, active learning and global citizenship for all students. Renowned as one of the finest U.S. national liberal arts colleges, Susquehanna inspires and challenges 2,200 enterprising, bright-minded students studying the arts, business, humanities and sciences. Our students seize opportunities through exceptional worldwide internships, expert-guided research and an acclaimed study-abroad program, leading to a transformative education that empowers each graduate to realize their unique potential and lead a successful and meaningful life.

The Susquehanna River Valley with its fresh air and overall pleasant year-round climate, provides four distinct seasons amidst a backdrop of vibrant autumn foliage, occasional winter snowfalls, flower-filled springs and warm summer evenings illuminated by fireflies. Nearby outdoor recreational areas for hiking, kayaking, fishing and skiing — and the bustling cultural and commerce hubs of New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore and Philadelphia within a three-hour drive — present abundant opportunities for learning and discovery.

Position Summary:

Job SummaryThe Technical Services Student Specialist is an integral member of the library’s Collections & Technical Services team. This position provides valuable support in various tasks related to the processing of new book acquisitions, basic copy cataloging, the facilitation of interlibrary loan processes and general support of collections-focused projects. The student specialist will be supervised by the library’s Technical Services Coordinator. This position is defined as a non-exempt position under FLSA regulations.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Assist in the processing of newly acquired library material, including unpacking shipments, applying identification labels, and preparing materials for cataloging.
  • Support the cataloging process by performing basic copy cataloging tasks, such as searching library databases, inputting bibliographic information, assigning call numbers, and adding necessary metadata.
  • Support ILL borrowing and lending services by retrieving, packaging and labeling items for shipment, scanning articles, and maintaining accurate records of borrowed and loaned materials.
  • Assist in maintaining the library’s collection by shelving materials, ensuring proper organization, and conducting periodic inventory checks.
  • Work with library staff to identify missing or misplaced items and take necessary steps to locate or replace them.
  • Update and maintain accurate records of inventory using the library’s integrated library system (ILS) or other designated tools.
  • Support various projects and initiatives within the Technical Services department as assigned by the supervisor, which may include data entry, record-keeping, and other administrative tasks.

Learning Objectives
  • Time Management
  • Project Management
  • Attendance and Punctuality

Required Qualifications:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Basic knowledge of the Library of Congress Classification System (LC)
  • Ability to learn basic copy cataloging tasks, such as searching for bibliographic records and inputting metadata.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy in performing tasks related to cataloging, inventory management, and collection maintenance.
  • Ability to work with a diverse range of library materials, including books, journals, and media.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team.
  • Proficient in time management skills to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines effectively.
  • Capacity to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and manage time efficiently

EducationFirst Year, Sophomore. All Majors. In good academic standing.
Experience
  • Familiarity with library systems.
  • Basic knowledge of library organizational systems preferred.
  • Previous experience working in a library or related field preferred.

LocationOn SU Campus

Additional RequirementsThis position is paid $9.05 per hour, with an estimate of 10 hours weekly.
Physical Demand
  • Position requires the ability to stand or sit for extended periods of time.
  • Position requires the ability to talk and to hear instruction.
  • Position requires occasional manual dexterity and the ability to use fingers, hands, and arms to feel, handle, and reach.
  • Position requires occasional stooping, crouching, and bending.
  • Position requires the ability to occasionally lift up to 20 pounds.
  • Working conditions are indoors.

Benefits Eligible:

No

Number of Months:

9 months

Hours per week during the academic year (39 wks) :

10

Hours per week during the summer (13 wks) :

0

Status:

Temporary

Posting Date:

04/26/2024

Closing Date:

05/24/2024

Full-Time/Part-Time:

Temporary

Open Until Filled:

No

Posting Number:

AH01174

Organization

Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college committed to excellence in educating undergraduate students for productive, creative and reflective lives of achievement, leadership and service in a diverse and interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. About 2,200 undergraduates come from 32 states and 15 countries.

The university is located in Selinsgrove, Pa., a town of about 5,000 situated on the banks of the Susquehanna River, 50 miles north of the state capital, Harrisburg. The campus is about 90 minutes from the Pocono Mountain recreational areas, and about a three-hour drive from New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Founded in 1858 by Lutherans, Susquehanna University welcomes individuals of all backgrounds and beliefs. It is a community that expresses its Lutheran heritage through the free and open exploration of ideas, commitment to service and development of individual talents.

Students may enroll in one of two schools: the School of Arts and Sciences or the Sigmund Weis School of Business. A Susquehanna education is distinguished by a strong liberal arts program enhanced by equally strong professional programs in areas such as business, education and communications. Degrees are offered for the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Science.

Susquehanna University is recognized in several guidebooks to selective colleges, including The Fiske Guide to Colleges and Peterson's Competitive Colleges. U.S. News & World Report’s America's Best Colleges includes Susquehanna among National Liberal Arts Colleges. Susquehanna is small enough to be academically flexible, yet large enough to offer a wide variety of choices—more than 50 major emphases, 45 minors and 850 courses. Susquehanna offers a challenging Honors Program for exceptional students and emphasizes experience-based learning, including internships, study-abroad semesters and award-winning community service programs.

Small classes and a student-faculty ratio of about 13 to 1 offer students personal attention and challenging opportunities. Student participation and team learning are encouraged, as is faculty-student research that exposes students to current, practical applications in their field of study. Students are offered extensive opportunities for involvement and leadership in university life. They can choose from more than 100 student organizations, 23 intercollegiate sports, numerous intramural and club sports and a full schedule of lectures, concerts, films, plays and social events.

Susquehanna's strong academic and career advising programs have led to strong post-graduation success. Typically, 94 percent of the graduating class is working full time or enrolled in graduate or professional school within six months.

Diversity Profile: Susquehanna University

Diversity Matters at Susquehanna. Through our commitment to academic excellence, in which diversity is a core element, we affirm the dignity and worth of all persons and strive to ensure that all in our community feel supported in their differences. Current and emerging research underscore the positive educational benefits that manifest in a diverse living and learning community.

As an institution of higher learning, we understand that we will be judged increasingly by how well we prepare our students to succeed in a smaller, flatter and increasingly diverse world. We intentionally seek to create opportunities for understanding the ways that power and privilege influence individual and collective behavior and systems, and to use that knowledge to guide us productively inside the classroom and beyond.

Affirmative Action - Susquehanna University is committed to making every effort to enhance the diversity of our community – students, faculty, and staff. The hiring process is important to achieving our strategic goals to recruit and retain staff from diverse backgrounds. Through the affirmative action process, we work together to ensure a diverse community while remaining diligent in our commitment to selecting the most qualified candidate for open positions.

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Diversity Matters at Susquehanna. Through our commitment to academic excellence, in which diversity is a core element, we affirm the dignity and worth of all persons and strive to ensure that all in our community feel supported in their differences. Current and emerging research underscore the positive educational benefits that manifest in a diverse living and learning community.

As an institution of higher learning, we understand that we will be judged increasingly by how well we prepare our students to succeed in a smaller, flatter and increasingly diverse world. We intentionally seek to create opportunities for understanding the ways that power and privilege influence individual and collective behavior and systems, and to use that knowledge to guide us productively inside the classroom and beyond.

In the classroom, on the campus and beyond

We use experiential learning to engage students in a multicultural education that prepares them for life in a diverse and interconnected world. Our new Central Curriculum, taught by a diverse faculty with different viewpoints and experiences, challenges students in their ways of perceiving and knowing the world. The unique Global Opportunities (GO) requirement prompts students to experience ways of knowing and being that are unfamiliar, and to reflect on those experiences. In the process, we expect that all students will examine their world view and how it is constructed.

A diverse and vibrant campus community fosters relationships marked by mutual curiosity and respect. Students, faculty and staff are supported in these relationships by the Chief Diversity Officer, Center for Diversity and Social Justice, Center for Civic Engagement, Office of Residence Life, and the Bias Response and Education Team.

The university also understands its physical and emotional connection to residents of the Susquehanna River Valley. Arts and educational events open to the community create possibilities for healthy dialogue regarding difference. Relationships built through interaction and dialogue with the greater Selinsgrove community serve to broaden and enhance the community in which we live and learn.

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