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Storage Project Processing Assistant (Helper – Manual)

Storage Project Processing Assistant (Helper - Manual)

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

Position Description: Under the supervision of the Libraries Annex Manager, the Helper positions will aid in processing a 425,000 volume collection recently moved to the Libraries Annex, an off-campus high-density storage facility.  The Helpers 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 (G1T) 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


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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