Senior Library Assistant, Access Services – Washington, DC

Job Description Summary:
The George Washington University (GW) Libraries and Academic Innovation (LAI) is searching for a Senior Library Assistant. GW LAI is a catalyst, a spark to generate new ideas and new possibilities. Responsive to the changing landscape of information and education, being sensitive both to traditional and emergent modes of communication, we bring together diverse constituents of faculty, students, and staff in a highly collaborative, dynamic, and deeply engaged intellectual community to support research, teaching and learning. As part of the larger George Washington University, we are a nexus where exciting things happen, where change happens, where growth happens.

The Melvin Gelman Library operates 24/7 during the regular academic year. Access Services staff must be available to work a combination of daytime, evening, night and weekend shifts. Access Services manages four major functions of the Gelman Library:

Resource Sharing processes course reserves, consortium and inter library loan items, and make print and electronic materials accessible to patrons.
Entrance Services is the first point of contact for all patrons and visitors to the Gelman Library. They manage visitor sign-ins, the building’s Lost and Found, and most keyed access to the building.
Circulation Services maintains a high level of customer service, checks in and out circulating materials, and collects and assess fines on customer accounts.
Shelving responsibilities are shared among all staff. It is fielded through the Check Out desk where carts are prepared with materials to be re-shelved in the stacks areas.
Under supervision, this library support position performs a variety of routine clerical, technical or public service duties to deliver quality customer service to library patrons and other library departments. This position provides faculty support including cataloguing and processing of textbooks and electronic syllabi, catalogues records, performs circulation activities and transactions, assists with basic searches, and performs filing. This position responds to and resolves common inquiries and routine problems, performs shelving responsibilities, and supports the interlibrary loan process. This position may assist in providing training to student employees, and performs routine record maintenance activities.

Reporting to the Library Supervisor, Access Services, the Senior Library Assistant works within the division’s Access Services team and is responsible for:

  • Delivering high level of customer service to library patrons in a fast paced physical environment.
  • Working in a team to perform daily Access Services duties: providing access to the building; verifying visitor eligibility; providing policy and procedural information to patrons; checking in and out materials; creating and correcting library accounts; basic cataloguing of circulating incidentals; shelving of returned materials and reserve items; and provides basic reference to patrons.
  • Interpreting library policies and procedures and assists users in facilitating access to the building, collections, and services.
  • Showing initiative while performing daily activities. Communicating effectively with the team to ensure that group goals are met.
  • Working to resolve customer inquiries and problems by exercising discretion and judgment in selecting the best solution, based upon policies and customer circumstances. Consulting with management, as needed.
  • Assisting in training and monitoring student employees on the use of automated systems, such as Alma and myALADIN, and other departmental duties.
  • Participating in shelving activities which include sorting, shifting and shelving the collection according to Library of Congress call number system.
  • Providing feedback and assisting with developing user guides, patron handouts, training materials, using word processing and other software.
  • The position is based at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:
Qualified candidates will hold a high school diploma/GED plus 1.5 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:

– Ability to push and pull heavy book trucks and book tubs (weighing 50-100 pounds).
– Ability to frequently stoop and bend to retrieve items from shelves.

Preferred Qualifications:
– Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization preferred.
– One (1) year customer service experience (preferably in a library setting).
– Public or Academic Library experience desired.
– Willingness, availability and flexibility to work a combination of daytime, evening, night, weekend and overnight hours required.
– Ability to work independently and diplomatically with patrons and library staff.
– Ability to give attention to detail.
– Using the English language, must demonstrate the ability to:
a) Provide routine information about existing policy and procedure, by phone, written correspondence, e-mail, and in person.
b) Actively listen and respond to routine inquiries, requests, and patron concerns.
c) Correctly refer patron to other service points and management as needed.
d) Ability to prioritize and individually handle simultaneous events and situations that occur during peak periods within a shift.
e) Communicate verbal instructions to library assistants.
– Ability to recognize the basic elements in a bibliographic citation.
– Knowledge of Library of Congress Call number classification, or ability to learn.
– Working knowledge of word processing programs, electronic filing, and ability to learn variety of systems and software including BANNER, Voyager and Illiad.

Typical Hiring Range $16.37 – $21.29

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