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Library Assistant III, UMass Dartmouth Law (Dartmouth)

General Summary of Position:  The Technical Services Assistant is responsible for processing law library materials and updates to include the creation and maintenance of serials holdings information and data; the copy cataloging and bibliographic data maintenance in accordance with standard library practices; and the performance of related work as required.  They will also be expected to follow the university’s best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of the student population.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED (Name and title of person from whom incumbent receives direction): 

Receives direct supervision from the Head of Technical Services and/or the Director/Associate Dean of the Law Library, who provides procedural and technical guidance, assigns work, and reviews performance through observation, reports, and conferences for effectiveness and compliance with established standards, policies and rules.

DIRECT REPORTING STAFF- May supervise, assign work, and exercise functional supervision of other library assistants and student employees. 



Processes serials orders--check-in, claiming, renewals and invoicing to facilitate use of materials.
Creates, edits, revises and maintains serials holdings records utilizing automated systems in use by the library.
Activates, updates and maintains electronic serial resources data.
Reviews and updates electronic serials web links, performs electronic shelf-checking and assists in resolving access issues by using established procedures.
Prepares, processes and receives bindery shipments utilizing a proprietary bindery software application.
Collects and prepares usage statistics for electronic and print serial resources.
Gathers and compiles monthly and annual statistical reports in order to accurately present the work of the department.
Catalogs, classifies, and performs bibliographic maintenance for all theses and dissertations, and assists in other cataloging projects utilizing automated systems in use by the library.
Assists with the planning and implementation of special projects, including inventories, collection weeding, and book re-location.
Assists in manning the library information desk, to assist students, as required.
Assists with updating the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) database to reflect accurate bibliographic and holdings information.
Assists and instructs users in the operation of microfilm/microfiche readers, reader-printers and/or other equipment.
Trains, supervises and evaluates student staff.
Performs other related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications (Required):       

Applicants must have at least (A) two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, paraprofessional experience as a library assistant and (B) of which at least one year must have been in a supervisory capacity, or (C) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitution below.

Substitution: An Associate’s or higher degree may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required (A) You can find the Massachusetts State Specifications at:



QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED AT HIRE (List knowledge, skills, abilities)

Skill in typing.
Ability to gather information by examining records and documents.
Ability to work accurately with names, numbers, codes and/or symbols.
Ability to assemble items of information according to established procedures.
Ability to communicate effectively in oral expression.
Ability to deal tactfully with others.
Ability to establish and maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time.
Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
Ability to maintain accurate records.
Ability to read, write and comprehend the English language.
Knowledge of library reference materials and services including dictionaries, atlases, almanacs, bibliographies, catalogues, etc.
Knowledge of library filing system such as alphabetic, classified and chronological.
Knowledge of the types and uses of library equipment.
Skill in mending and repairing books and other library material.
Ability to understand and apply agency procedures and guidelines governing the purchase of supplies, materials and equipment.
Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished, the capabilities of subordinates and available resources; controlling work through periodic reviews and/or evaluations; determining subordinates’ training needs and providing or arranging for such training; motivating subordinates to work effectively; determining the need for disciplinary action and either recommending or initiating disciplinary action.
Ability to prepare general reports.
Knowledge of the methods used in performing library research and bibliographic searches.
Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of supervision.
Knowledge of On-Line Computer Library Center (OCLC) bibliographic system.
Knowledge of the methods of general report writing.
Ability to recognize and assess the need for equipment and personnel.
Ability to interview and select candidates for library positions.
Ability to plan and prepare reference guides, exhibits, displays and presentations.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$45,934.72  / year

Closing Date

August 15, 2022

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2022-08-05 |  Quick link to this job