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Job announcement at GWU Virginia Campus Library yawen kang 01 Mar 2008 16:12 UTC

POSITION: Library Specialist II

LOCATION: George Washington University Virginia Campus Library Ashburn, VA

DESCRIPTION: George Washington University’s
Virginia Campus Library in Ashburn,
 VA is seeking a Library
Specialist (Grade 11/ Position # 0600186) responsible for circulation duties
and obtaining research materials to patrons. The Virginia Campus Library is
part of the Gelman Library system at George
 Washington University.
Primarily an electronic library, this library has a focused print collection in
the areas of education and business leadership, information technology,
telecommunications, engineering, transportation safety, and health sciences.  The GWU Virginia Campus offers free parking
and an in-house fitness facility.


To serve as a specialist in library support functions and to provide
administrative assistance in the operation of a library unit.


1. Performs all circulation and reserve functions, including
charging/discharging books, processing fine payments and providing basic
reference and research assistance.

2. Process incoming Document Delivery requests including verifying citation and
checks for full text availability in ALADIN catalog, online databases and
Internet sources.

3. Provides library assistance and customer service by communicating with
customers in person, via email or telephone. Refers questions outside of
specialty area to appropriate staff or librarian.

4. Uses Virginia
Campus Library Database using Access, SQL and Excel.

5. Prepares training and procedures manuals and instructional materials.

6. Helps create display of library materials in the library as well as on the
Virginia Campus.

7. Creates statistical reports for collection development and departmental

8. Performs inventory and purchases of departmental supplies and monitors
records of expenditures.

9. Maintains routine contact with vendors to resolve problems.

10. Understands, applies and enforces library policies.

11. Serves as backup for interlibrary loan services.

12. Responsibilities include rotation of weekends in order to meet customer
needs and provide coverage during peak periods.


1. Troubleshoots basic software and hardware problems.

2. Excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize tasks.

3. Performs other work-related duties as assigned.


Supervision is received daily to weekly from a Library Manager or Librarian.




• High School graduation, or an equivalent combination of training and
experience, is necessary.

• Three years of progressively responsible customer service experience in a
library, information systems, or related environment.

• Familiarity with the use of a computer.


Individuals in this position are required to lift heavy boxes or bound journals
weighing between 25 to 50 lbs., to push or pull book carts (which have the
capability to tilt if weight is not distributed properly), to retrieve or
re-shelve books on shelving units or in stacks, to enter data into and retrieve
data from a computer using a keyboard. Upon occasion the individual may be
required to work with materials (i.e. old or damaged books) that have gathered
dust or mold. During data entry/retrieval, sitting or standing for extended
periods of time may be required.

The ability to operate basic office equipment such as personal computers,
duplicating machines, fax machines and standard office telephones may also be

To apply for this position please visit

1. Go to Search Postings link at left.

2. In the Position Number field type in “0600186”

3. Click “View” to open job posting.

4. Click “Apply for this Position”

5. Log in and follow the instructions to complete an online application.

You must complete an online application to be considered for any position.

The George Washington University
is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The
University seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators,
faculty, staff, and students. The University prohibits discrimination on the
basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation,
gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status.
Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.

For technical and employment related questions, please contact the Division of
Human Resources via email at

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