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The UW Libraries has an outstanding opportunity for a Public Services and Collection Maintenance Technician. This position, is responsible for collection maintenance functions for Suzzallo/Allen and Government Publications collections including identifying materials for repair and preparing items for binding; provides circulation services at the public services desk and receiving room; and shares responsibility for processing incoming new, rebound, remarked, rushed, and transferred items for Suzzallo/Allen, Government Publications, Reference and Folio collections.
Regular schedule during the academic year is Sunday - Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Schedule may vary according to the service needs and building hours. May be scheduled days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Schedule may vary during interim and summer quarter.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provides complex circulation services resolving complex problems brought by patrons and/or staff. Explains the Library circulation and fine policy to patrons. Instructs and assists patrons in locating material using the Libraries catalog. Educates patrons in the basic operations of the Library.
Makes authorized decisions regarding exceptional circumstances such as waiver of fines and exceptions to normal policy.
Processes new, remarked and rebound materials. Identifies and corrects errors and conflicting cataloging information in item records. Reads, interprets, and corrects holdings records. Verifies markings of newly marked items. Distributes materials needing additional processing to appropriate staff.
Clears the hold shelf by creating and printing lists of expired and cancelled holds. Processes expired holds for UW, Summit, Interlibrary Loan and other materials. Monitors the hold shelf and troubleshoots problems as necessary.
Shelves and processes Government Publications materials including updating transfers, processing new material and collection maintenance.
Processes relocation requests and transfers material in and out of Suzzallo/Allen, Folio and Reference collections. Creates and edits holdings records and splits sets as necessary. Identifies and processes incoming Reference and folio materials.
Identifies and evaluates materials needing replacement, repair, binding and remarking. Prepares and sends materials for preservation replacement review, replacement, binding, repair and remarking. Consults and communicates with subject selectors for recommendations to withdraw or replace. Monitors binding quotas as necessary.
Processes items with loose materials updating items records as necessary. Ensures loose materials are properly marked. Performs minor repairs for items with torn pages, loose spines and slightly damaged covers.
Processes books needing replacement pages. Searches for and identifies like copies for photocopying replacement pages. Processes replacement pages and tips in as appropriate. Sends items to Preservation Services as necessary.
Identifies Children’s Literature materials and applies covers to book jackets being retained.
Searches the quarterly missing items lists and adds/updates search notes as appropriate.
Processes newly cataloged items with patron holds.
Records and maintains statistics.
Develops procedures for the position. Incorporates new policies and procedures into documentation. Develops and maintains departmental web pages using Plone and HTML.
Participates in the closing of the building with primary responsibility for the closure of the Suzzallo/Allen basement.
Assumes the role of Supervisor on Duty when evening supervisor is absent.
Provides backup for other technician functions including driving UW cargo and transit van for the delivery and retrieval of materials from branch and off-site storage locations.
Cross trains for other positions within department in order to gain basic troubleshooting skills for various positions and provide coverage for other team members.
Understands and abides by the Libraries Personal Communication Responsibilities policy. Communicates appropriately, effectively and positively. Plays an active role in staying informed and participating in Libraries and unit meetings, activities and events.
Works together with colleagues in a team environment.
Performs other duties as assigned.
High school graduation or equivalent and three years of applicable library technical experience, including one year beyond the entry level or equivalent education/experience.
Demonstrated commitment to customer service.
Proven organizational skills and ability to handle shifting priorities and multiple tasks.
Ability to clearly explain complex services and policies in person, over the phone and in written correspondence.
Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and process high quantity of materials in a short time on a regular basis.
Manual dexterity, precision and attention to detail.
Interest in books, binding or library preservation.
Demonstrated commitment to promote equitable access and service to a diverse community.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
Must have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
Must be able to lift 25-60 pound boxes and crates and push heavy book trucks.
Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.
BENEFITS As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.
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Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.
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