Library Specialist for Collections Maintenance

Position Title: Library Specialist for Collections Maintenance
University Libraries
Reports to: Director of Lineberger Memorial Library
Wage Class: Non-Exempt
Location: Columbia, SC

General Description/Primary Purpose

Contributes to excellence in library services through maintaining the collections of the Lineberger Memorial Library via cataloging of library materials, acquisitions work, periodicals management, stacks maintenance, book repair, and other related activities. Works effectively with faculty, staff, and student library assistants to ensure the advancement of the library’s mission and vision. Operates within the guidelines of applicable laws, national library protocols, and university and library policies and procedures. Some night and weekend hours may be required. This is a part-time staff position of approximately 20 hours per week for 52 weeks per year.

Specific Job Functions Cataloging & Acquisitions

  • Performs cataloging for new and gift materials according to national standards
  • Acquires all library resources, including gifts, periodicals, and standing orders via ordering, receiving, and processing of items added to the collections
  • Deaccessions library materials as necessary
  • Serves as liaison to library vendors related to cataloging and acquisitions

Collections Maintenance

  • Oversees stacks maintenance activities in concert with the Library Specialist for Library Services and Administrative Support
  • Oversees the book repair process, including ordering necessary materials
  • Manages the periodicals collection, including bindery requests and deaccessioning
  • Creates wayfinding tools for the collections and updates existing tools
  • Oversees the creation of seasonal and topical book displays throughout the year

Additional Duties and Tasks

  • Provides direction to student library assistants when necessary
  • Participates productively in library-wide planning, assessment, and special projects
  • Works designated weekly hours at the Service Desk, assisting library patrons with their information needs
  • Supervises the library building in the night and weekend rotation if necessary
  • Performs related duties as assigned

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Education

Bachelor’s degree 


Minimum of 3 years of employment, preferably including experience in a library environment and/or office environment

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities

  • Strong computer literacy, including fluency with MS Word, Excel, the internet, social media, and cloud-based applications
  • Some experience with library catalogs, online databases, and other library technology
  • Ability to maintain professional poise and confidence in varied situations, often interacting with faculty, staff, and external contracts
  • Honesty, integrity, and intellectual aptitude
  • Strong commitment to providing excellent user services
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently, seek guidance when needed, and collaborate with other members of the library team
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