Job of the Week: Library Assistant III

This week, MSU Human Resources is featuring a library assistant position (posting 725988) through the MSU Libraries Unit. 

This support staff position is part of the copy cataloging team of the MSU Libraries (MSUL). The team focuses on cataloging and metadata services and they are searching for a highly focused, detail oriented candidate to search for, evaluate, and edit descriptions of library resources for the MSUL catalog. Any new member of the copy cataloging team will work with other Technical Services staff and contribute to timely access of library materials. They will catalogue a variety of monographic resources using existing records which require moderately complex editing decisions in order to ensure accuracy and bring into compliance with national standards and library system requirements. The selected candidate will also participate in inter-team projects and special working groups as needed. For a full list of responsibilities, click here.

Applicants interested in this role should have knowledge normally acquired in the first two or three years in college, technical, vocational or business school, or one to three years of related and progressively more responsible or expansive work experience in an office setting. Other requirements include experience in record keeping; data entry and retrieval; database, spreadsheet, word processing, composing, editing and proofreading web pages; knowledge of library automation support; recent experience in an academic library, large public library or large government library; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The desired qualifications include familiarity with library services platforms and OCLC Connexion; experience searching, reviewing and editing MARC records; some knowledge of national cataloging standards; reading-level proficiency in a non-English language; attention to detail; ability to work autonomously; aptitude for learning, remembering and consulting the various standards, policies, procedures and best practices that govern copy cataloging work; experience serving the needs of library patrons; and experience working with bibliographic information. 

A day in this position could involve reviewing materials acquired by MSUL, searching databases and comparing a range of data points and performing routine tasks in library software systems to make materials accessible to library users. The working hours are 40 hours per week scheduled Monday through Friday, 7am through 7pm. To apply for this position, you must submit a resume. Cover letters are optional. 

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