PDF: Part-Time Librarian I or Library Assistant (Cataloging)

DESCRIPTION
The East Greenbush Community Library seeks a proactive and a user-centered librarian to enhance our team. This position will focus on cataloging, database management, and metadata, with a strong emphasis on patron discovery. We seek a dynamic, community-oriented individual who is adept with technology, dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and thrives in collaborative settings.

The ideal candidate will lead cataloging and metadata strategies to enhance library material discovery and access. They should possess in-depth knowledge of special collections cataloging and a passion for exploring innovative approaches to materials discovery. Strong time management, self-direction, attention to detail, and a collaborative spirit are essential. The role requires nuanced cataloging techniques, clear and user-friendly language, and continuous evaluation and improvement of cataloging practices to meet diverse library user needs. The successful candidate will actively work towards advancing diversity, equity, accessibility, articulating a clear philosophy of materials discovery and access that incorporates these values.

RESPONSIBILITIES MAY INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO

  • Conduct copy-cataloging and original cataloging of materials following professional cataloging standards for bibliographic description.
  • Ensure cataloging uses simple, precise, clear, and user-friendly language that reflects the diversity and inclusivity of library users, avoiding terms that may be offensive, outdated, or biased.
  • Maintain the catalog by creating and editing bibliographic records, consistently applying current cataloging rules and standards using RDA, MARC records, DDC, and LCSH.
  • Regularly update, review, and revise cataloging processes to reflect changes in the collection, user needs, standards, and environment, ensuring it remains relevant, and responsive.
  • Document and train staff in cataloging procedures, including searching for matching records in Sierra, utilizing cataloging utilities such as Z39.50 and Sky River, and accessing training materials on the Upper Hudson Library System (UHLS) intranet.
  • Stay informed about developments in cataloging fields and emerging standards to guide continuous improvement of best practices for optimizing the patron discovery experience.
  • Assist patrons and/or staff with library collections and services, including reference, reader’s advisory, and basic computer help.
    Participate in collection development and management activities.

HOURLY RATE:
Librarian: $24.96-$31.20 (step schedule)
Library Assistant: $20.16-$25.20 (step schedule)

ASSIGNMENT: This part-time position (15-20 hours per week) will have a fixed, flexible schedule during the library’s regular opening hours, developed in coordination with their supervisor. Some public service desk coverage will be needed.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • MLS or equivalent required from ALA accredited school.
  • Possession of a NYS Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate.
  • Must be eligible for a provisional appointment as a Librarian I under civil service.
  • Experience with Sierra ILS.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
The library will consider equivalent work experience in cataloging in lieu of the MLS. The responsibilities of the position would be adjusted to reflect that of a Library Assistant.

REPORTS TO: Head of Borrower Services

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please submit a Cover letter, Resume, Rensselaer County Civil Service application and three professional references to:
Marion Pierson, Head of Borrower Services
Email: search@eglibrary.org
Mail: East Greenbush Community Library
10 Community Way, East Greenbush, NY 12061.
DEADLINE: Position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin at once.

DEADLINE: Position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin at once.

ABOUT US:

The East Greenbush Community Library is a vital hub for learning, connection, and inspiration. Since 2023, our community-driven five-year strategic plan, “You Belong Here,” has shaped our direction, rooted in our core values. This plan envisions the library as a welcoming, supportive hub for learning and community connection.

Annually, we circulate over 475,000 items, with more than 27,000 community members participating in our diverse library programs. Open seven days a week, our library welcomes more than 125,000 visitors each year. We are honored to have been voted 2nd place Best Library in the region, by the Times Union for four consecutive years.

We are intentional and introspective about the team and culture we foster, seeking colleagues who not only excel in their skills but also prioritize mutual support and delivering exceptional library services to our community. Diversity of backgrounds and experiences is highly valued here. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to promoting and practicing intellectual freedom, emphasizing the importance of individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences joining our team.

Subject East Greenbush Card UHLS Card UHLS MyCard
Library Card Registration Free to any individual who resides or pays taxes in the East Greenbush Community Library taxing district or Town of Schodack. Cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Free to any individual who volunteers or works at the EGRN Library. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Free to partner educational agencies with verified employment. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

Those that live outside the UHLS area may purchase a temporary card at the price established by our Table of Fines and Fees. Cards expire and must be renewed yearly.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

Free to residents residing in a community served by a UHLS library.

All ages eligible. Youth under age 16 must have their application completed and signed by a parent or guardian, who provides acceptable identification for them.

UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.

Card blocked at $5 or more in replacement costs or fines/fees

Fines vary according to individual library rules and UHLS resource sharing rules. The EGRN Table of Fines and Fees are applicable for items which are checked out from the East Greenbush Community Library

The UHLS MyCard is a fine-free, limited-access library card for youth. It is intended to address multiple barriers to serving youth and families, including:

  • Barriers to access related to fines (e.g. computer access, checking out materials)
  • Parents not present for a child’s library card registration
  • Previous fines on a child’s card

Free for youth residing in a community served by a UHLS library.Applicants 18 and under who are applying for a limited use, UHLS Youth Only MyCard, need to provide name, address, and date of birth.UHLS library cards expire and must be renewed every three years.Youth ages birth to 18 can register unaccompanied, or with the help of a caregiver or relative who is not the child’s parent/guardian.This card may be used at all UHLS Libraries except for the Colonie Town Library.

Card blocked at $10 or more in replacement costs.

No fines for late items

Limits on # of Materials Borrowed Unlimited checkouts Unlimited checkouts Limited total items: Can only have 3 items checked out on their card at a time
Types of Items All eligible item types. All eligible item types except Museum Passes, ILL, and Hot off the Press. Active paid members of the Friends of the East Greenbush Community Library have access to all lending collections. Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Databases/Digital Content EGRN and UHLS subscription databases and digital content UHLS subscription databases and digital content Only items eligible to be borrowed are books (any age level), juvenile and young adult (teen) audiobooks, and juvenile and young adult (teen) DVDs.
Interlibrary Loan Nationwide UHLS Libraries UHLS Libraries
Program Registration Unlimited except by limited program capacity Preference given to resident cardholders Preference given to resident cardholders