Library Assistant II (cataloging) – Yeshiva University – New York, NY

Job No: 493301

Work Type: Staff 1199 Union

Department: University Libraries

Location: Wilf Campus, 500 West 185th Street, NY, NY

Categories: Administrative Support, Clerical, Student Services

Position Summary

Perform basic and advanced cataloging tasks under supervision of a librarian. Uses bibliographic utilities and authority records to compose accurate descriptive data.

Position Responsibilities

  • Perform basic and advanced cataloging of materials in the Hebrew language under supervision of a librarian
  • Use bibliographic utilities and authority records to create accurate descriptive data
  • Supply information to library users by using a large number of library resources and involving substantial knowledge of a subject field or collection and of library technology services offered to patrons
  • Circulate library materials according to established policies and procedures
  • Assist students, faculty, and visitors with general inquiries and refers them as needed to librarians
  • Identifies complex problems relating to legal materials and/or legal invoices by interpreting information in library files or bibliographic tools and takes the necessary action to resolve these problems. Identifies and updates information in online vendor and payment files.
  • Coordinates ILL requests and transactions and tracks ILL data and statistics.
  • Performs routine maintenance tasks (software installation, removal and update), reformats data for staff and troubleshoots library computer equipment, all under the supervision of the Library Systems Administrator
  • Interprets faculty reserve requests.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Experience & Educational Background

  • Very good reading proficiency in Hebrew required
  • Minimum 4 years library experience preferred
  • College degree or documented educational equivalent preferred

Skills & Competencies

  • Very good reading proficiency in Hebrew language required
  • Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs.
  • Must have excellent reading, data entry and word processing skills; mathematical skills where appropriate; accuracy and attention to detail
  • High level of familiarity with library policies and procedures
  • Familiarity with library equipment and ability to communicate to users how the equipment functions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Library website and ability to direct users to relevant sections and services
  • Customer service demeanor, good listening skills, patience when dealing with patrons
  • Sound judgment about when to respond and when to refer patrons and/or questions to a professional librarian or supervisor
  • Should project a positive attitude about the Library and the University when interacting with Library patrons
  • Self-discipline and judgment are essential as work will often be performed in the absence of a supervisor

Application Instructions

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Submit letter of interest and résumé.

About Us

Occupying the newly renovated Mendel Gottesman Library Building on the Wilf Campus and spaces in Stanton Hall and the North Library Building on the Beren Campus, Yeshiva University Libraries include the Pollack Library, Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica-Judaica, and Hedi Steinberg Library. The University Libraries offer a wide range of collections and services in support of University academic programs, both undergraduate and graduate. With its collection of over 1,000,000 physical volumes and access to more than 50,000 electronic-journals, several hundred databases, and 428,000 electronic book titles shared with the Chutick Law Library at the Benjamin N. Cardozo Scool of Law and the D. Samuel Gottesman Library at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University Libraries provide students and faculty members with a vast array of information sources. Computing, wireless access, scanning, copying and printing services, along with software tools such as electronic reserves and citation programs, support research and learning activities.

Founded in 1886, Yeshiva University (YU) has a strong tradition of combining Jewish scholarship with academic excellence and achievement in the liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work, Jewish studies, education, psychology, and more.

We are a leading global educational institution that employs 2,000 people across our various campus locations — Wilf Campus, Beren Campus, Brookdale Center, Resnick Campus in the Bronx, the Gruss Institute in Jerusalem, the Boys High School in Manhattan and the Girls High School in Queens. From the distinguished faculty who teach here, to the dedicated staff, we work to fulfill our mission through all that we teach, by all that we do and for all those we serve. We seek to attract and retain engaged and committed individuals who contribute to an exciting working environment, where there is a sense of community and belonging, balanced with a significant cross section of people from diverse backgrounds working and studying together.

The University offers an excellent compensation package, and a broad range of employee benefit plans, including immediate participation in the University’s retirement plan. Staff members are typically eligible for four weeks paid vacation each year and have access to a shuttle to nearby subway locations.

Yeshiva University is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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