Resource Sharing Specialist, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo, CA

Job Summary

Information Resources & Resource Sharing (IR&RS) comprises the collection development, acquisitions, electronic resource management, document delivery and resource sharing functions of the Library. Under general supervision of the Director of Collections Strategy & Discovery this position contributes to the fulfillment of the resource sharing services functions of this unit, as well as contributing to the overall services and programs of IR&RS and the library. Primary activities of this position include handling borrowing and lending requests for library materials from patrons; retrieving, processing and troubleshooting requests through various databases, joint resource sharing systems and cooperative efforts with other libraries; verifying eligibility of requests; and verifying bibliographic information and conducting bibliographic searches related to requests. This position also supports Collection Management activities including bibliographic searching, verification, and editing; and supporting catalog record maintenance activities.

At the Library Services Specialist II level, incumbents at this level work independently to perform tasks in a specified functional area within a library unit. Work requires them to become proficient in aspects, methods, and procedures associated with their assigned functional area, including the ability to use judgment in interpreting policies and solving problems, and a general knowledge of overall library activities, policies and procedures. Incumbents also may be responsible for coordinating work of student workers assigned to the area and may participate in hiring, training, evaluating and payroll processing of student workers.

Department Summary

The Robert E. Kennedy Library is nationally recognized for its distinction in engaging the students and faculty of the Cal Poly university community. While integrating traditional library resources and services with digital tools and platforms, the library continuously experiments to adapt its services, programs, and spaces to meet the evolving academic programs, research interests, and needs of the university community. Annual visits exceed 1.5 million.

Key Qualifications

  • General knowledge of library collection organization and classification scheme and ability to interpret bibliographic records.
  • Working knowledge of or ability to quickly learn institution’s and library’s policies and practices associated with the ethical use of, and access to, library and on-line resources.
  • Basic knowledge and understanding of national standards and guidelines pertaining to libraries, including working knowledge of, or ability to quickly learn, standards pertaining to copyright and intellectual property protection, and the ability to source and apply such policies and standards to avoid potential violations.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn and use automated library system(s) and subsystem(s) pertaining to Information Resources & Resource Sharing.

Education and Experience

High School or Equivalent certification plus two to three years of related library and/or clerical experience or an equivalent combination of experience and education.

How to apply

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