A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant University community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the University’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.
In keeping with the library’s mission to collect, describe, preserve, and make available the record of human knowledge, the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) acquires, cares for, interprets, and promotes the use of important collections of unique, rare, primary source, and other material in all formats and in a variety of subject areas. SCRC holdings consist of approximately 300,000 volumes and more than 8,000 linear feet of archival and manuscript material.
The Special Collections Research Center is seeking a Collection Services Support Specialist to perform a variety of tasks associated with the management and fulfillment of requests for Special Collections Research Center collection material. The Collection Services Support Specialist reports to the Collection Services Librarian and works in the Hatcher Graduate Library (on central campus) and in the SCRC’s collection storage facility (in the North Campus Research Complex).
The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.
NOTE: This is a two-year, term-limited position with the possibility of extension.
Retrieve, prepare for transit, and reshelve requested collection material.
Monitor requests for collection material and manage retrieval and reshelving workflows in Aeon, our online request management system.
Ensure the readiness of requested collection material for use and/or transit by maintaining efficient, well-organized temporary storage and staging areas.
Ensure the timely delivery and return of requested collection material by collaborating with SCRC, Facilities, and other Library staff to resolve problems and to identify and implement workflow and process improvements.
Operate a University vehicle to transport SCRC collection material to various Library buildings.
Assist with shifting, shelf-reading, barcoding, and other collection-related projects, including general supervision of student and other temporary employees working on collection-related projects and activities.
Assist with the fulfillment of requests for consultation and digitization of collection material.
High school diploma and at least one year of experience in a detail-oriented work environment
Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
Excellent interpersonal, listening, oral and written communication skills.
Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills with sustained attention to detail.
Ability to work independently
Sensitivity to and aptitude for handling rare and fragile materials.
Demonstrated ability to work cooperatively in a diverse, dynamic, team setting.
Good computer skills including familiarity with Microsoft Office and online information resources.
Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion. Commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
Experience working in a library or other similar setting.
Familiarity with Library of Congress and/or Dewey Decimal call numbers.
The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities. This position receives 12 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options are available.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The person in this position assists with retrieving and re-shelving collection material. This may involve occasionally ascending to elevated locations or positioning self in order to retrieve or re-shelve items. Must be able to move and/or transport materials weighing up to 50 pounds.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Internal Number: 179295
About University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.