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Storage Project Processing Assistant

Storage Project Processing Assistant (G1M Merit Helper)

This position is on extended posting until filled.

The University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA


Storage Project Processing Assistant
Full-time, temporary
Access Service Department

3-4 Positions to be filled
Full-time, temporary, G1M Merit Helpers
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm
Location: 2515 Independence Road, Iowa City
780 hour limit
Start date: June 1, 2017

Position Description: Under the supervision of the Libraries Annex Manager, the Storage Project Processing Assistant will aid in processing a 425,000 volume collection recently moved to the Libraries Annex, an off-campus high-density storage facility.  The Processing Assistant will ensure accuracy of bibliographic records and process materials into the Libraries Annex collection. Specific duties include:

  • Assembles cardboard trays
  • Cleans materials following preservation guidelines
  • Measures materials and fills trays with books.
  • Affixes barcodes to trays, using a configuration based on the size of the contents and the location of the tray in the storage area.
  • Accessioning includes inputting information by scanning the barcode of each volume into the library inventory system (Alma) to accurately update each volume’s physical location.
  • Maintain regular communication with staff involved with the project, flagging damaged materials for review.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Competencies:

  • Ability to perform routine manual labor while maintaining an attention to detail.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with library staff, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to regularly lift up to 20lb and occasionally lift up to 60lb.
  • Punctuality, reliability, focus, and attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to follow written and verbal instructions and perform routine actions.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Prefer experience with handheld scanning equipment.

Salary and appointment: Appointment will be made as a full-time, temporary Merit Helper (G1M) with an hourly rate of $11.00. The University of Iowa offers your choice between two retirement plans, but this appointment does not include the University’s full employee benefit program.

Application Procedure: To apply for this position, please visit the University of Iowa Jobs@UIOWA website at

In addition to performing the duties described above according to the specified performance expectations, Libraries’ staff need to meet Libraries’ and University expectations regarding:


  • attendance, punctuality, and use of work resources as addressed in the UI’s Policy on Ethics and Responsibilities and Work Rules;
  • positive impact/achieving results, service excellence/customer focus, and collaboration/embracing diversity as addressed in the Universal Competencies for Merit Staff;
  • continuous developmental growth as addressed in the Libraries’ Development and Diversity Guidelines; and
  • technology core competencies as listed in the Libraries’ IT Core Competency Self Checklist.

Positive Impact/Achieving Results:
-Appreciates the difference between effort and achievement and produces results that are important to unit.
-Grasps the inevitability and challenges of change and adapts tactics accordingly; utilizes learning opportunities to prepare for changing work and methods.
-Demonstrates a willingness to carry out responsibilities and a positive approach to accomplishing work.
-Demonstrates an understanding of how work aligns to organizational mission, vision, and University environment.

Service Excellence/Customer Focus:
-Consistently provides excellent service.
-Manages customer expectations and takes responsibility to enhance service excellence.
-Communicates understandably; uses appropriate words, grammar and mannerisms in all mediums.
-Seeks feedback on communication style and effectiveness.

Collaboration and Embracing Diversity:
-Demonstrates civil and respectful behaviors valued within the organization.
-Provides and accepts ideas and suggestions in a constructive and helpful manner.
-Exhibits good teamwork: is approachable, cooperative, and contributes to an overall positive and productive work/team environment.
-Works effectively with individuals from all backgrounds.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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