About Worcester State University:
WORCESTER STATE UNIVERSITY is a vibrant public university located in the residential west side of Worcester, Massachusetts, the second largest city in New England and home to 38,000 college students at more than a dozen colleges and universities. Situated on a compact 58-acre campus, the University offers 50 undergraduate and graduate academic programs to more than 6,400 students annually. The Princeton Review ranks us as one of the 75 “Best Value” public colleges in the country, as well as a “Best in the Northeast” college. Of the 13 undergraduate public universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Worcester State University is one of only three to earn the latter distinction, which is largely based on academic quality and student surveys.
Our tag line, “Change the way the world works,” speaks to our commitment to graduating students who are not only prepared for work or further study, but who also have learned how they can make a difference. With a marketing slogan of “Academic excellence at an affordable price,” the University strives to provide the best academic experience to students from all walks of life.
OFFICIAL TITLE: Library Assistant III, Cataloging Assistant
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Cataloging Librarian (MSCA Associate Librarian)
SUPERVISION EXERCISED: May supervise subordinate staff and student employees
General Statement of Duties: The Librarian Assistant III, Cataloging Assistant performs copy cataloging based on current standards, resolves cataloging problems, and maintains the online catalog. The Cataloging Assistant provides Access Services including circulation, interlibrary loan, and course reserves services.
(E) = Essential
1. (E) Catalogs and classifies books, periodicals and documents according to standard library practices and procedures, e.g., Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classification systems, MARC, and OCLC.
2. (E) Searches and updates Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) library files to correct entries or to establish new entries.
3. (E) Participates in projects such as de-accessioning and inventorying library materials, and enriching library database.
4. (E) Opens and closes the library on Saturday and when needed.
5. (E) Charges, renews and discharges library materials being borrowed using automated (currently Ex Libris Voyager software) and manual systems to record the disposition of library materials.
6. (E) Aids library users by: responding to inquiries and providing information concerning materials that best match users’ interests and needs; applying and interpreting library rules and procedures governing the use of library facilities and services; and suggesting and explaining the proper methods of locating and using materials to facilitate patrons’ use of the library.
7. (E) Monitors the borrowing of library materials by: determining the eligibility of borrowers; contacting library users for the return of books and materials; sending out overdue notices; and recording the payment of fines.
8. (E) Verifies proper location of books and other library materials by searching the library for misplaced items; by retrieving books as requested; and placing books and other library materials in their proper location to facilitate use and accountability of library materials.
9. (E) Assists and instructs users in the operation of microfilm/microfiche readers, reader printers and/or other library equipment.
10. Provides on-the-job training to new staff, student workers and subordinates.
11. Assumes responsibility for the operation of the library facility in absence of supervisor, including staffing of library service points as required.
12. (E) Provides instruction in the methods of library research and bibliographic search to students and other users; prepares guides to conducting library research.
13. Participates in the development of library policy by considering library goals and objectives, utilizing statistical and other information, and conferring with professional staff.
14. Assists in interviewing and selecting candidates for library positions; evaluating employee performance and productivity; and recommending disciplinary action as necessary.
15. (E) Attends professional meetings and training sessions as representative of the library to obtain information for the library’s use, and to gain knowledge of library theory and current practices.
16. (E) Plans and prepares library exhibits and displays.
17. May assist with gathering statistics, creating reports; operating library equipment; locating and filing materials; enforcing library rules; packaging books and materials for shipping; inspecting library premises; processing mail, etc.
18. (E) Demonstrates civility and professional, customer-service oriented behavior, worthy of emulation by other staff and students.
19. Responsible for contributing to the WSU Strategic Plan.
20. Responsible for contributing to Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action objectives.
21. Performs other duties as assigned within the Library Assistant classification
a. Classification specifications are available at http://www.mass.edu/foradmin/humanresources/classspecshrd.asp
1. Must have at least (A) two years of full-time or equivalent part-time, paraprofessional experience as a library assistant and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitution below.
I. An Associate’s or higher degree may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) experience.*
*Education toward such a degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed.
1. Bachelor’s Degree
2. Experience using Ex Libris Voyager Integrated Library System, and OCLC Connexion
3. Experience enriching bibliographic records following OCLC rules
4. Familiarity with MarcEdit metadata editing software suite
Worcester State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer which seeks to reflect the diversity of its community.
This is a non-exempt, full-time, benefited position that is governed by the AFSCME Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Salary: $765.75 per week
Shift: Fall and Spring Semester – Tuesday through Saturday, 8:45am – 5:00pm; Summer/Classes not in Session – Monday through Friday 8:45am – 5:00pm
All applicants must apply online at worcester.interviewexchange.com
Necessary documents for submission include a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information. If applicants possess a degree, they must complete the National Student Clearinghouse Authorization form or submit the official transcript of highest degree.
All information that can be uploaded to one’s e-account should be done so by the applicant; information which cannot may be faxed to 508-929-8163 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or may be sent to the following address:
Director of Human Resources
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602-2597