Thursday, December 8, 2011

MN Job Posting - Library Assistant 3, U of MN

Position Information
Job Code and Title: (4997) Library Assistant 3
Position Title: Library Assistant 3
Requisition Number: 175182
Position Category: Staff - Technical/Paraprofessional
Appointment Term: A = 12 month
Appointment Type: Continuing (1)
Work Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, plus some nights
Work Days: Monday - Friday, plus some weekends
Total Hours or % Appointment: 100%
Full/Part-time: Full-Time
Starting Hourly Rate: $16.68
Department Name: Lib Acad Prgms/Phys Sci Engr (374E)
College or Admin Unit: Libraries, University
Campus Location: Twin Cities
Job Open Date: 11-11-2011
Job Close Date: Open Until Filled

Required/Preferred Qualifications
** Position is represented by AFSCME Technical Bargaining Unit. Dues or Fair Share deductions will be made.**


- Five (5) years of relevant library experience. Up to three (3) years if college education can be substituted for experience.
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel (working with tables and formulas) and Power Point (creating presentations and working with animations)
- Experience developing effective web pages, including basic HTML (hand-coding) and creating and/or editing Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
-Demonstrated customer service experience
-Demonstrated strong written communications skills (as evidenced by cover letter and resume)


- Demonstrated experience reflecting initiative, working well independently, managing multiple assignments and meeting deadlines.
- Familiarity with using library resources, including online catalogs and indexes
- Demonstrated commitment to providing outstanding customer service
- Demonstrated analytical and problem solving skills
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work well with others
- Experience creating and manipulating digital media for print and web use
- Demonstrated knowledge of basic graphic/visual design principles and their applications to the creation of print and digital media
- Experience with the following types of Adobe software: Flash, Presenter, Illustrator, Photoshop
- Familiarity with Wiki markup, XHTML, XML, JavaScript, PHP
- Experience creating and maintaining relational databases (in Excel, Access etc.)
- Aptitude for learning and applying new software and technologies
- Public speaking and/or teaching experience
- Experience coordinating events
- Experience developing displays and exhibits

Reference & User-Support Services (35%)
- Independently provide reference, research, and information services requiring judgment and appraisal of the user's needs. Includes in-person, phone chat, and email assistance. Serve as PSE's front line digital reference staff at the desk, answering questions in the campus-wide chat and email queues, making referrals as appropriate (may include evening and weekend hours)
- Instructs/assists users in utilization of online and print materials in the physical sciences and engineering subject areas. Includes instruction of effective database search skills; beginning and advanced Boolean searching, truncation etc.
- Offers support and guidance in using information effectively in all formats.
- Staff the PSE reference desk during scheduled hours (may include evening and weekend hours) and staff the University of Minnesota Libraries seat on the Question Point 24 x7 nation-wide chat queue.
- Serve as backup support staff at the Walter SMART Learning Commons and the Mathematics Library.
- Create and maintain both print and online instructional aides to help users navigate PSE collections
- Help other library units with user support needs and related training as assigned
- Develop and maintain familiarity with reference resources, particularly those in electronic format

Technology & Web Support (30%)
- Help create, organize and maintain content on PSE's web pages, blogs, Wikis and social networking sites.
- Seek out and learn new web technologies that could be used to enhance and/or add functionality to our web presence.
- Learn new software packages and apply them to support library functions/activities
- Use specialized software and/or basic web markup to create/move library resources and exhibits online.
- Provide basic technology support to PSE staff.
- Troubleshoot basic computer and printer problems at public workstations
- Responsible for Sci/Eng digital camera, basic digital image editing and image file management
- Provide regular updates for our bibliographic databases, ejournal lists etc.
- Prepare monthly New Books List

Committee Work, Special Assignments & General Department Support (30%)
- Serve on Libraries-wide groups and committees as assigned
- Contribute to special departmental projects as assigned
- Participate in departmental staff meetings and present on special topics as assigned
- Provide back-up for staff in SMART and the Mathematics Library
- Provide collection development support as assigned (using Aleph and other software)
- Assist with planning, preparation and logistical support for events and exhibits
- Schedule meetings, rooms, and equipment
- Provide support for unit photocopying, mail distribution, supply maintenance and reference room maintenance
- Create and maintain signs, displays, posters and brochures for building and for staff members or groups (committees, conferences, etc.)
- Help create and maintain PSE guides, handouts, print publications, etc.
- Supervise progress and assist with student projects
- File and re-file maps and microforms in a timely manner
- Process new reference materials by replacing superseded items and updating online records. Keep up with advances in the University Libraries, as well as current news and events

Instructional Support (5%)
- Provide support to lead instructors, both in PSE (e.g., Refworks, Grants, Keeping Current, Chemical Information) and Libraries wide (e.g., Intro to library l classes)
Program/Unit Description
The Library Assistant 3 position is a member of the Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Department within the Academic Programs Division of the University Libraries. The PSE department directly supports teaching, learning and research in the disciplines of astronomy, chemistry, computer science, geology, history of science, physics and all areas of engineering. More specifically, the PSE department partners with faculty to facilitate their use, management and preservation of data and other forms of information; develops rich collections; provides excellent user services; works with instructors to help students develop informational literacy skills; and creates new digital tools. The department strives to integrate the library and its resources into the workflow of students and faculty.

Application Instructions
In cover letter, please describe what interests you about this job and address all of your qualifications, both required and preferred...
Must also attach a current resume and list of references.

Does this position require a background check? No