Technical Services Assistant

George T. Potter Library

Job Description

Title: Technical Services Assistant

Unit/Division: Library

Date: Revised May 2014

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Technical Services Librarian and/or Technical Library Assistant, performs technical and clerical tasks related to the Technical Services department including maintenance of the catalog and physical processing of materials; does other related work as assigned.


  1. Process new materials in a timely manner, including but not limited to:
    • review OCLC/MARC printouts for processing directions
    • accurately type and print spine and pocket labels,
    • affix all labels in the correct position,
    • correct processing for Oversize, Reference, etc. (as noted)
    • accession date stamp in the correct place,
    • property stamp in the correct position,
    • covers books as noted (book jackets or laminate)
    • proper placement of security strips
    • reprocesses books as requested
  2. Periodically locates and pulls materials for review, replacement, or withdrawal.
  3. Assists Principal Library Assistant with discarding withdrawn materials, as needed.
  4. Alert Technical Library Assistant when processing supplies need replenishing.
  5. Assists in other Technical Services projects as assigned by the Technical Services Librarian or Technical Library Assistant, including but not limited to:
    • searching the shelves for materials based on specific criteria,
    • updating ebook holdings,
    • record maintenance based on specific parameters
    • maintain list of items sent to Better World Books



Must be enrolled full time at Ramapo College of NJ.


Prior library work experience a plus.

Additional Knowledge/Skills/Abilities

  1. Ability to work independently and/or with direct supervision on assigned tasks and willingness to learn new tasks
  2. Knowledge of Library of Congress classification system a plus.
  3. Attention to detail, precision skills in handling scissors, exacto knife, box cutter, and/or additional tools when processing materials and maintaining integrity of those materials
  4. Dependability and strong work ethic, reliability for a minimum of 90% attendance
  5. Ability to understand and enforce library policies
  6. Able to spend long periods standing, walking, and doing moderate lifting
  7. Good computer skills, especially in MS Word & Excel
  8. Office, filing, and organizational skills