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Job Req ID:  90576

Library Specialist

The Institute for the History of Medicine is seeking a Library Specialist who will be responsible for the daily operations of a departmental library. Manages the public service desk and performs all circulation functions. This role acts independently with minimal supervision from the Curator of the Historical Collection.


Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Oversees all acquisitions of books and journals for the collection.
  • Performs copy-cataloguing of new acquisitions and maintenance of collection records in Horizon system.
  • Performs public service and technical service library activities, along with clerical duties.
  • Responsible for all preparation of material for shelving, including labeling, stamping, plating, reinforcing and sending material to commercial binders.
  • Answers telephone, greets visitors, and directs researchers to Curator for assistance, when appropriate.
  • Operates computer to access e-mail, electronic calendars, and other basic office support software.
  • Uses automated library system to create and maintain circulation, acquisition, and bibliographic records.
  • Provides general library use assistance to the public and to members of the History of Medicine Department.
  • Exchanges non-routine information tactfully, requiring good oral and written communication skills.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma/GED
  • 3 years of related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.*


JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Library experience in circulation and/or technical services preferred.


Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to stand, walk or sit for an extended period of time.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds.
  • Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  • Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example, using a keyboard.
  • Communication skills using the spoken word.
  • Ability to see within normal parameters.
  • Ability to hear within normal range.
  • Frequent exposure to book dust.
  • Ability to push a loaded book cart.


Classified Title: Library Specialist
Role/Level/Range: ATO 40/E/02/OE  
Starting Salary Range: $17.59 - $24.80/hr (commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: M-F 9-5 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: School of Medicine Campus 

Department name: SOM History Rare Book Room  
Personnel area: School of Medicine



The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


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