Brown University — Library Technical Assistant II – Stacks Maintenance

Job Summary
The Library Technical Assistant II performs duties associated with the physical storage and maintenance of the Library’s general collections and provides assistance to Library patrons in book stack areas. The individual in this role reports to the Head of Annex and Stacks Maintenance and is scheduled to work 8:30 am – 5:00 pm M-F.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collects, sorts, loads and shelves or files all types of library materials.
  • Insures that collections are arranged in correct call number sequence; maintains the orderliness of collection areas by straightening, shelf-reading and shifting materials as necessary.
  • Trains and directs student assistants working in the Shelving unit; prepares and monitors their shift assignments (including nights and weekends).
  • Identifies materials in poor condition, labeling problems, location errors and   classification questions; routes materials to Preservation unit for further work.
  • Retrieves and moves materials for off-site storage, shelves items in on-campus storage areas.
  • Searches stacks for missing materials.
  • Provides patrons with information and assistance in locating materials, retrieves items for those needing help, provides directional assistance and helps interpret information found in Integrated Library System (ILS).
  • Scans barcodes into the ILS to record in house use of materials
  • Searches the ILS to assist patrons in locating materials not on shelf
  • Reports problems with environmental conditions, furnishings, equipment, etc. in book stack areas within guidelines.
  • Assists in responding to damaged collections, drapes affected areas with plastic, fans wet books under direction of Disaster Response individual or team.
  • Participates in projects to inventory collections, to insert security strips and/or to change labels or markings on books.
  • Participates in keeping signage and book locator up-to-date in bookstack areas and in keeping Shelving records and statistics.
  • Adjusts, reconfigures, and labels shelves as needed
  • Removes materials checked out to carrels.
  • Performs related duties as required.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • High school graduation with two year post-secondary education or equivalent.
  • Ability to comprehend and apply various classification schemes for shelving and filing.
  • Ability to perform detailed work with accuracy and reasonable speed.
  • Ability to perform duties with minimal supervision and to work alone for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to transport heavily loaded book trucks.*
  • Ability to use computer and computer applications
  • Physical strength and stamina for prolonged standing, lifting and carrying heavy library materials weighing up to ten (10) pounds.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, reach and use step stools to reach shelves.
  • Ability to read fine or worn print, with or without assistive technology
  • Ability to interact favorably with the public and coworkers.
  • Possess a willingness and ability to support a diverse and inclusive campus community.
  • Successful completion of a HPE test (an evaluation of functional tasks such as lifting, pushing and pulling) is required.

*A three tier book truck empty weighs approximately 62 lbs.
*A three tier single sided book truck fully loaded weighs approximately 287 lbs.
* A three tier double sided book truck fully loaded weighs approximately 485 lbs.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.

Library Union position which must be posted internally for 5 work days prior to posting for external candidates.

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Library Technical Assistant II-Stacks Maintenance

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Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

Vaccination Requirements:
In order to maintain 90% or greater universal vaccination rates on campus, all newly hired employees at Brown University must receive the final dose of the COVID-19 vaccine before they begin work, unless they are approved for a medical or religious exemption. All employees must also receive a COVID-19 booster within thirty (30) days of becoming eligible. For more information, please visit the Healthy Brown site.

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