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This is the first level of a six-level series. This position performs basic tasks in acquiring, organizing, preserving, or interpreting information resources that support a specific library, archives, or records process. Responsibilities are straightforward and performed within a well-defined, highly structured, prescribed set of parameters. Employees at this level exercise limited independent judgment in determining methods or procedures to be used in making minor decisions. A person in this position may assist in training and/or monitoring student assistants. Contacts may be within the unit/department or within Libraries to expedite the processing of materials and information. There may be occasional contact with a diverse patron population to provide general information about unit or general library operations and services. Work is performed under close and direct supervision.


Acquiring: participates in effective acquisition of materials for the libraries by physically preparing or receiving print or digitized materials for functions such as interlibrary loan requests.

Organizing: Participates in maintaining standards and expanding scope and content of information resources at the Libraries by performing such duties as sorting, shelving, transporting, photocopying, or processing.

Interpreting: Provides routine public service to patrons on-site and off-site by following established procedures for obtaining access to library materials and performing tasks that facilitate this access.

Preserving: Assists in addressing the general preservation needs of the libraries general and special collections by understanding appropriate standards for care and handling, by maintaining awareness of and reporting evidence of damage. Provides a safe environment for library materials and users by knowing and performing the duties as outlined in the library emergency procedures.

Supervising: Contributes to the mission and goals of the Libraries by maintaining the operation of a Unit in the absence of a supervisor following normal policies and procedures.

High School diploma or GED and 6 months of library or related clerical/customer service experience required.


Limited knowledge and application of standard or specialized library systems.

Skill in verbal and written communication.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Skill in the use of personal computers and related software.

Ability to occasionally lift and move heavy materials and equipment.



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