Technical Services Librarian – Brooks Memorial Library (Brattleboro, VT)

Title: Technical Services Librarian Department: Brooks Memorial Library

Nature of work: Responsible for cataloging and classifying library materials in all formats (books, electronic resources, serials, media, and realia). Supervises clerical acquisitions duties, print and non-print processing, repair, and serials management. Assists the Library Director with collection maintenance and may act as Director in Library Director’s absence.

Work Schedule: Full-time 37.5 hours per week; Monday – Friday including Saturdays in schedule rotation and evenings as required.

Wages: FY’24 $25.26 per hour.

Supervision Received: Receives supervision from Library Director.

Supervision Exercised: Exercises supervision of Technical Services personnel; currently includes one Acquisitions/Mending Clerk.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Catalogs and classifies all new Library materials, print and non-print, including Reference and Children’s.
  • Performs original cataloging as required.
  • Recruits and trains personnel under their supervision and evaluates annually.
  • Develops cataloging policies, and workflows, and creates procedures for all TS work throughout the library.
  • Responsible for database quality and accuracy within the consortium environment, includes adding and deleting titles/items; merging bib records; enhancing existing cataloging when necessary.
  • Maintains library database by assessing lost or missing items and replacing or updating when appropriate.
  • Removes bib and item records for cancelled or weeded items.
  • Runs regular reports to assess health of collection and engages in routine weeding practices for adult print and non-print collections.
  • Oversees acquisitions clerk and serial order management.
  • Collaborates with Library Director to order Library materials and handles communications with vendors as needed.
  • Suggests new purchases for the adult print and non-print collection to ensure a diverse and updated collection.
  • Imports and uploads accurate MARC order records for adult and children’s items from vendors or OCLC.
  • Works with library staff regarding acquisitions from all sources (vendors, donations, grants, etc.).
  • Supervises the physical processing of new items as well as deaccessioning.
  • Monitors cancelled items and reorders from alternate sources when appropriate.
  • Replaces items due to poor condition and long overdue items that have holds attached.
  • Orders extra copies of in-demand items to satisfy holds ratio when appropriate.
  • Consults with circulation staff to Evaluate damaged or worn materials for repair, replace, or removal.
  • Provides monthly collection and acquisition statistics and provides additional statistics as needed.
  • May supervise circulation staff in the absence of other supervisors.
  • May staff Circulation desk as needed.
  • Performs special weeding projects and collection management as needed.
  • Represents the library at CLN Catalogers’ meetings, at occasional Board of Trustees meetings and at other meetings or gatherings as needed.

Non-Essential Duties and Tasks: The responsibilities and duties listed above are examples of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. The work of Technical Services is multi-faceted and requires flexible and consistent attention to many moving parts. This work affects that of the entire library and a consistently robust workload should be expected. Assists in any library service as required in an emergency.

Competencies Needed:

We will consider any combination of relevant work experience, volunteering, education, and transferable skills as qualifying, unless specifically stated as required.

  • Master’s degree in Library Studies required.
  • A minimum of three (3) years cataloging or relevant experience.
  • Knowledge and experience with Technical Services (acquisition, cataloging, & serials) departmental functions and procedures. With direct ordering, Baker & Taylor Title Source 3670. Including Prenax, serials cataloging and serials check-in.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of catalog standards and practices including but not limed to Dewey Decimal Classification, LCSH, MARC formats AACRD and RDA. Understands the latest professional cataloging and classification rules, and library processing conventions. Keeps up to date with relevant changes.
  • Experience with OCLC Connexion and cataloging a variety of formats (monographs, serials, resources, and others).
  • Knowledge and experience with the circulation functions of the Integrated Library System and electronic devices. Experience with Koha library services platform is preferred. Working knowledge of SQL, comfort with Excel and keen interest in data collection is ideal.
  • Excellent communication skills, written, verbal and visual. Sense of humor appreciated.
  • Flexibility, with excellent time management and high attention to detail and capacity to prioritize tasks. Ability to balance multiple responsibilities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures, and equipment, including the ability to use common computer applications. Ability to use the computer software applications specific to the department.
  • Willingness to examine existing systems and refine or improve them as necessary. Must be forward-thinking and open to innovation and change.
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment on difficult or complex tasks.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment, courtesy, and tact in engaging with the public and co-workers, making proper disposition of problems and appointments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and volunteers from the Town as well as from other agencies and the public. • Knowledgeable in techniques and practices for dealing with individuals from various socioeconomic and ethnic groups in person, on the telephone and/or any form of communication.
  • Must be able to learn and retain instructions, policies and procedures and continue to learn new methods and stay current within field. • Ability to actively support Town diversity, equity, and cultural competency efforts within stated job responsibilities and work effectively across diverse cultures and constituencies.

Work Environment: This job operates in a professional office environment. Light strength demands include exerting up to 40 pounds+ with accommodations as necessary. Physical Demands: Continuously requires sitting, handling, visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data, hearing, and talking. Occasionally requires lifting, carrying, reaching, kneeling, pushing/pulling, climbing, bending, and twisting. Equipment use, such as office telephone, copier, calculator, fax machine, camera, mode of transportation with frequent traveling between departments and events, and cell phone, laptop with repetitive keyboarding motions.

Union Status: Union represented by the Local 98; new hires are on a 1-year probationary period from date of hire or transfer.

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (hourly employee).

The Town of Brattleboro is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strongly encourage people of color, people with disabilities, LGBTQIA+ applicants, and people from other underrepresented groups to apply, recognizing and respecting that diverse perspectives and experiences are valuable to our team and essential to our public service.

– Posted 2/28/24