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Special Collections Assistant, Jones Library, Amherst, MA

The Jones Library seeks a detail-oriented, reliable, and enthusiastic Assistant for their Special Collections department. This is a partially benefitted, part-time position (between 8-19 hours a week, schedule to be determined) with a starting salary of $12.81 per hour. Must be able to work Saturdays. 
Job Summary - Library Technician, Special Collections
Provides friendly, courteous public service and assists the public in the use of Special Collections resources. Performs a variety of specialized clerical tasks, applying knowledge of Special Collections and Library operations. 
Major Duties

  • Provides customer service, giving basic information and directions.  Answers questions on the use of Special Collections and available services as well as basic inquiries related to local history, genealogy, and Amherst authors.
  • Monitors use of collections by the public to ensure security and preservation. Ensures researchers comply with the department's policies and procedures.
  • Pages requested materials and sorts materials after use.
  • Assists in the preparation of displays, exhibits, and flyers.  May be asked to assist with programming and events.
  • Scans photographs and documents and creates the metadata associated with the digital images.
  • Assists with processing of collections for archival storage and use. Produces catalog cards and indices for collection materials. Performs duties associated with classifying, and cataloging books and other materials.  

This position works under the supervision of the Head of Special Collections.

Desired Minimum Qualifications
Graduation from a high school or GED equivalent and two (2) years of increasingly responsible related experience, or any equivalent combination of related education and experience. Working knowledge of computers and electronic data processing; General knowledge or interest in history; Skill in operation of listed tools and equipment; Ability to pay close attention to detail; Some knowledge of library practices and procedures. Ability to effectively deliver customer service in a friendly, courteous manner; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; Reliable work habits; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with supervisors and staff; Ability to work with all ages and types of people.

Closing date: September 30, 2017

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, completed Town of Amherst employment application (download and print: and a list of three professional references to Cynthia Harbeson, Head of Special Collections, The Jones Library, 43 Amity Street, Amherst, MA, 01002.

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