POSITION SUMMARY The US Library Assistant works closely with the librarian to smoothly manage the busy Upper School library. The Library Assistant provides daily student supervision, circulation and clerical support, catalogs new materials, and directly assists students, faculty and staff throughout the day. He or she supervises the Library when the Librarian is engaged in other tasks. The Library Assistant is expected to be a full participant in the life of the Upper School (e.g., participating in assemblies, campus days, and various school programs). Our library is a busy, dynamic, interactive workspace, and is not a silent, traditional library.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES • Help maintain the library as an attractive, welcoming, efficiently run space for reading, study and research needs. • Supervise a busy, active group of teenagers to maintain a productive work environment for everyone. • Catalog materials for the US Library using Alliance Plus and other appropriate resources. • Process books, DVDs and other materials for addition to the collection. • Develop and maintain interesting and topical displays in collaboration with the Librarian. • Manage circulation, run overdue reports, and send notifications as needed using Follett Destiny. • Shelve books, periodicals, and other library materials, and supervise these tasks if delegated to a volunteer. • Develop and maintain working knowledge of our EbscoHost, JSTOR, Gale, and Oxford UP databases. • Provide secondary research assistance to students who are using course reserves and databases. • Maintain a current working knowledge of the print and DVD collection. • Manage the ordering, check-in, and maintenance of the periodicals collection. • Closely manage busy shelves of course materials on reserve. • Sort and distribute mail received by the US Library. • Manage the selection and ordering of library office supplies and book processing materials. • Maintain a database for gift materials. • Close the library at the end of the school day. • Conduct regularly scheduled collection maintenance tasks, including inventory, shelf reading and weeding to maintain a well-managed collection. • Engage in reader’s advisory and create promotional materials to encourage reading for pleasure. • Complete other tasks as required. • Complete required H.R. trainings each year (CPR, First Aid, mandatory reporting, handling of hazardous materials, etc.)
SPECIFIC JOB SKILLS This position requires excellent people skills; the ability to supervise a fluctuating group of energetic teenagers while maintaining focus on the task at hand; technical services library skills such as cataloging using MARC, and knowledge of circulation and collection maintenance tasks; experience with word processing and spreadsheets; ability to complete tasks despite frequent interruptions; very strong organizational and project management skills, and close attention to detailed tasks. We value the ability to convey genuine enthusiasm for reading and research to teens and adults, and prefer candidates with a good working knowledge of reader’s advisory skills and techniques.
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EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE We seek candidates who have completed library program coursework from an accredited college or university, or have equivalent experience. Candidates with a solid background in the functioning of libraries, and those who possess recent library and MARC record cataloging experience are strongly preferred.
WORKING CONDITIONS Full-time in the US Library, Monday– Friday, 40 hours per week, on an academic calendar, with additional days for start-up and closure required. Hours are 8:30-5:00 pm Monday through Thursday, and 7:30-4:00 pm on Friday. Attendance at faculty meetings is expected. Evening/weekend meetings are negotiable. Ability to lift up to 30 lbs., reach and bend, and move about a school campus required.
Catlin Gabel School is a coeducational, independent day school located on 54 acres in the West Hills neighborhood of Portland, Oregon formed in 1957 by the merger of the Catlin Hillside School, which had been founded as Miss Catlin’s School in 1911, and the Gabel Country Day School, whose roots extend to 1859 with the founding of The Portland Academy. The campus itself is a former farm with beaut...iful trees, fields, and plantings that has been modernized and upgraded over the years with new and renovated buildings that blend in with the natural surroundings.
We offer a broad and challenging curriculum based on a progressive philosophy with small classes designed to educate the total person, incorporating the academic along with the arts, physical education, and a strong sense of community service. The school enrolls nearly 740 students in Pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade and has 100 faculty members committed to diversity among students, faculty and staff. Catlin Gabel is an equal opportunity employer.