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Senior Library Assistant

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Work Type: Staff/Classified
Location: Trumbull Campus
Category: Part-time
Home Org/Dept: Dean, Trumbull Campus - Trumbull Campus [700060]

Job Title:

Senior Library Assistant

Physical Location:

 Trumbull Campus, Warren OH



Basic Function:

Performs moderately complex library activities (e.g., revises catalog and holdings records, performs extended bibliographic searches, etc.); assists library patrons in locating information relying primarily on information contained in card and online catalogs; may serve as a lead worker over Library Assistants. Reports to Senior Library Associate, Library Associate, or other designated supervisor.

Additional Basic Function – if applicable:


Examples of Duties:

Duties/essential functions may include, but not be limited to, the following: 

Performs extended bibliographic searches; retrieves and transfers (i.e., downloads) records to local database.

Revises catalog and holdings records, under supervision; adds titles to local card and online catalog records; deletes bibliographic and related records from local and international databases.

Inputs minimal level cataloging and edits catalog copy, under supervision.

Assists library patrons in locating information and citations from online and card catalogs; receives and processes interlibrary loan requests; searches shelves to locate material for loan to other institutions; may respond to inquiries concerning status of requests (e.g., interlibrary loan, document delivery, reserves, etc.).

Posts invoices; verifies cataloging; receives and inspects shipments; issues claims; notifies vendors of non-received or damaged orders.

Compiles statistics and maintains related records and reports.

May function as a lead worker over Library Assistants and student or temporary employees engaged in routine library activities; may train and instruct employees on proper work procedures, assign and monitor work activities, and coordinate work flow and schedule to ensure deadlines are met, priorities are recognized, and policies/procedures are followed.

Performs related duties as required.

Additional Examples of Duties – if applicable:


Minimum Qualifications:

High school diploma or equivalent. A minimum of one year of experience in library operations.



Knowledge Of:

Automated or online library systems
Search strategies
Library practices and procedures

Skill In:

Interpersonal communication to effectively interact with University personnel and public in person and over the telephone (e.g., to assist patrons in locating material)

Ability To:

Manage time effectively and set priorities
Train and provide effective work direction to other employees, if required by position
Operate microcomputer or CRT terminal
Read, write, and accurately follow oral and written instructions
Maintain accurate records
Perform basic mathematics (e.g., add, subtract, multiply, and divide whole numbers, fractions, and decimals, and to calculate percentages)

Preferred Qualifications – if applicable:



Asterisk (*) indicates knowledge, skills, abilities which require assessments

Working Conditions / Physical Requirements:

Library environment; exposed to dirt and dust; may require frequent use of video display terminal; may require light physical effort (e.g., stooping, bending, and lifting) and frequent movement from floor to floor; may work varied hours and shifts to include evenings and weekends.

Working Schedule:

  Flexible schedule, M-F between 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, 27 total hours per week

Additional Information:



The intent of this description is to illustrate the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and should not be interpreted to describe all the specific duties and responsibilities that may be required in any particular position. Directly related experience/education beyond the minimum stated may be substituted where appropriate at the discretion of the Appointing Authority. Kent State University reserves the right to revise or change job duties, job hours, and responsibilities.

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