Library Associate

Huntsville, Walker County
Jan 30, 2014

Requisition Number: 201400030S

Department: Newton Gresham Library

Full Time Part Time: Full Time

Educational Experience Requirement: Bachelor's degree in related field (such as History, English or Criminal Justice), as required by library needs. No experience necessary. Previous library, or related field, experience would be helpful. A combination of education, experience, and training that would produce the required knowledge and abilities could be considered.

Nature and Purpose of Position: This position assists the Special Collections Librarian in carrying out the day to day operations and services of the Thomason Room.

Primary Responsibilities: Establish working knowledge of the Library's special collections holdings. Acquaints and assists users (faculty, staff, students and community) with library special collections and collection use policies; assist users with the online catalog and other finding aids; provide basic reference assistance to readers and direct more complex inquiries to the Special Collections Librarian or appropriate subject librarian. Helps promote use of and access to rare materials and primary source material in support of teaching and research to the campus and broader public. Assists with outreach programs to alumni, campus organization, and the community. Responds to email, mail, and telephone inquiries relating to special collections; apply departmental policies and procedures in preparing copies of user requested material. Oversees patron use of materials in the Thomason Room; ensure that security and handling rules are followed.

Other Specifications: Helps train and supervises student assistants. Interviews student assistant job applicants and makes hiring recommendations. Retrieves and re-shelves high value materials for patrons, including material intended for exhibits and class use. Creates and maintains displays; makes sure items are returned to proper storage areas. Works with the Catalog Department to insure all items housed in the Thomason Room have a record in the OPAC. Identifies items requiring conservation work and coordinates such activities with Collection Management; may perform basic book repair. Monitors the environmental conditions appropriate for special collections, supervises ongoing cleaning and maintenance efforts to safeguard materials during periods of renovations, repairs to building and equipment. Uses current software to create finding aids, databases, guides, digital images and documents. Assists in the selection of material to be digitized; records their location for the duration of the project; helps create metadata. Must have basic or better wordprocessing and spreadsheet skills. Night or weekend work may be required. Must be able to lift and carry boxes; load and push book trucks; and shelve books. Performs other related duties as assigned.