Arcadia University, Domestic

Library Assistant for Technical Services

Location US-PA-Glenside
Regular Staff Full-Time


The Library Assistant for Technical Services is a full-time member of the library staff, reporting directly to the Associate Dean of Library Services. This crucial position provides support for three vital technical service areas within the library: acquisitions, cataloging, and interlibrary loan. This person is responsible for the coordination of purchasing books and other materials, assisting with cataloging, and the physical processing of all library materials, as well as coordinates all aspects of interlibrary loan services, with the support of work-study students and graduate assistants. The position requires a highly organized and professional individual with excellent technical, oral, and written skills, who can interact proficiently and confidently with library faculty and staff; the University community as a whole; and outside libraries, organizations, and vendors. This person must be familiar with the cataloging and circulation modules within an integrated library system (ILS), as well as interlibrary loan systems and procedures. This paraprofessional position is ideal for someone starting a masters in library school or currently enrolled.


Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in Greater Philadelphia and promises a distinctly global, integrative, and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and lead in a diverse and dynamic world. A national leader in study abroad and international education, Arcadia has been named #1 in undergraduate study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education’s Open Doors Report for the past seven years. Approximately 3,900 students attend Arcadia, and the University’s 2,500 undergraduate students choose from more than 65 fields of study.


Applications must be submitted online through Arcadia's Human Resources portal to receive full consideration. Please do not email application materials to hiring manager.

For additional information and to apply, please visit: and submit a cover letter, resume and names and phone numbers of three professional references.


Application review will begin immediately. Posting will be removed from the website once we've established a sufficient talent pool for consideration.


Arcadia University seeks candidates of diverse cultural backgrounds and abilities. Arcadia University encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. All offers of employment are conditional based on successful completion of a background check.




Essential Functions


Acquisitions and Cataloging:

  • Executes all aspects of the purchasing and receiving of library acquisitions, including communicating with faculty and library liaisons, and selecting and working with vendors
  • Performs copy cataloging and physical processing of all library materials, including print serials and newspapers Supports the Collection and Digital Resources Librarian with book acquisitions, print and online serials management, and other collection-related projects
  • Assists in cataloging projects as directed by the Archivist and Cataloging Manager


Interlibrary Loan:

  • Coordinates interlibrary loan services for the library, including supervision of work-study students and graduate assistants
  • Oversees the lending and borrowing activities as it relates to interlibrary loan
  • Communicates with the University community, as well as outside libraries


Other Functions

  • Assists librarians with special projects
  • Attends professional workshops, conferences, and training sessions
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience working in a library technical services department/unit, preferably in an academic setting Practical knowledge of acquisitions management, including print and online serials
  • Trained in copy cataloging and working with an integrated library system (ILS)
  • Experience with interlibrary loan procedures and workflows
  • General knowledge of other library services (Circulation, Reserves, Reference, Archives)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Apps tools
  • Strong professional communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced work environment with excellent organizational skills
  • Flexibility; able to multitask and prioritize effectively
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently when necessary
  • Knowledge of/interest in working in a teaching/learning environment
  • Ability to communicate professionally with various audiences; familiarity working with university faculty, staff, and students
  • Experience with finances and monitoring departmental budgets beneficial
  • Supervision of student workers and graduate assistants preferred


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred, or a combination of education and experience
  • 1-3 years of experience in library technical services, in an academic setting preferred
  • Experience with an integrated library system (ILS), including cataloging and circulation modules


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