Library Assistant (part time)

Sunday-Thursday, 6:00pm-10:00pm during the academic term, hours may vary during breaks and holidays as needed.
December 6th, 2019
Westerville, OH


Otterbein University


  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least 1 year of library experience required. Academic library experience preferred.
  • Must demonstrate excellent verbal and written communication skills. Strong interpersonal skills are also required.
  • Must be competent in general math and able to count change accurately.
  • Experience with III Sierra Software preferred. Ability to apply knowledge of library methods and techniques to perform complex duties; ability to meet and serve the public effectively and to assist users with basic informational questions, and ability to supervise others effectively. Must be able to type accurately and have work experience with office PC operations and functions. Must take pride in and be thorough in quality of work produced; must be able to use general office equipment and Microsoft Office software. 
  • Must possess excellent attention to details; must be a team player and interact collegially with co-workers and other constituencies. Must be able to work independently and with frequent interruptions. Must have positive customer service skills.
  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Must be able to spend prolonged periods of time working on an office PC; able to reach, lift to 20 pounds, travel throughout office to use other office equipment; must be able to hear and make self-heard by co-workers and other constituencies; must be able to see to process work that the position is responsible for completing; must be able to work under deadlines with constant interruptions. Must be able to meet regular and predictable attendance standards.


Assists in all evening activities of the circulation desk, including:

  • Check-in and check-out of all Library and OhioLink materials
  • Stack maintenance, including shelving, shelf reading, shifting, and searching for missing items
  • Resolution of customer problems and questions,
  • Billing and collection of fines and fees,

Provides evening supervision to student assistants and building. Insures that student assistants adhere to library and departmental policies. Motivates student assistants to perform duties effectively, including desk activities and stack maintenance.

Serves as acting librarian and provides general reference assistance in the evenings, while librarians are on-call.

Assists the Archivist in the processing and arrangement of existing materials and incoming donations, with an eye towards digitization whenever possible.

Assists with uploads to the Digital Commons @ Otterbein including data entry to create records for the institutional repository. May also research copyright information regarding publications and accomplishments of staff/faculty for metadata purposes.

Resolves and/or reports problems encountered during evening shift to team members and library director. Maintains open lines of communication with circulation team, director, and other library employees.

Exercises discretion, judgment, and provides clear guidance to library customers in enforcing library policies and procedures. Responsible for maintaining an appropriate sound level in building. Monitors building and reports security infractions/problems and/or building maintenance issues to appropriate university officials.

Manages and maintains strict confidentiality of all patron and circulation records, including patron records at Otterbein and from all OPAL/OhioLINK consortia members.

Provides sound customer service to Otterbein faculty/staff, students, OPAL/OhioLINK patrons, community members, and Friends of the Library. Assists library patrons with the use of the resources, materials and the facility.

Responsible for closing and securing the building during the May/Summer term and during breaks and holidays as needed.

Participates in library professional development activities. Actively participates in the life of the university as an advocate of the library.

Assists with setting departmental goals, objectives, and the management of projects. Maintains appropriate circulation statistics.

Contact Information: 

To Apply: Please email an Otterbein Employment Application, resume and cover letter to addressing this position in the subject; FAX 614-823-1511; or mail to Otterbein University, Human Resources, 1 South Grove Street, Westerville, OH 43081. Only submissions with a completed application will be reviewed.

For an Otterbein Employment Application or more information: Please visit

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