Library Assistant 2, Collections Assistant (PT) – University of MN Landscape Arboretum (Chaska, MN)

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Library Assistant 2 (Collections Assistant): 50% part-time
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Job Code4996
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About the Job
Job Classification: Library Assistant 2

Working Title: Collections Assistant
FTE: 50%, part-time
Work Hours: Tuesday – Friday & one Saturday every four weeks
Job Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska Minnesota

Essential Functions

Provide reference and information assistance to Library users and Arboretum staff at the Andersen Horticultural Library reference desk, utilizing the knowledge of selected library and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum procedures, tools, and facilities. Answer in-person, telephone, and e-mail queries, referring more specialized queries to reference librarian, Arboretum staff, or other expert.

Manage AHL’s serials collection: check in periodicals; process serials for binding; work with Technical Services-Serials to resolve issues, get uncataloged serials cataloged, and accurately record holdings; maintain the collection, including proper shelving. Check new serials for book reviews (suggest books and/or periodicals to add to collection) and for articles that fit current awareness profiles. Assist with AHL’s book collections: search library catalog to establish ownership of specific books; update catalog records to reflect change of location, withdrawal, gift status, etc.

Organize and manage select archival and current records of AHL and the Arboretum (correspondence, photos, slides). Work with librarian to propose relevant digitization projects.

Non-­‐Essential Functions

Keep the Library attractive, clean, and well-organized. Ensure prompt and accurate shelving of books and journals. Liaise with Arboretum facilities staff as needed.

Organize and assign tasks for some AHL volunteers. Act as a liaison; communicate, teach, coordinate, and supervise the volunteers’ work. Assist in handling book donation drop-offs for the annual Friends of AHL book sale.


Minimum Qualifications
• Two (2) years of college coursework and/or relevant library experience.
• Experience or coursework related to gardening, horticulture, or plant sciences.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to lift 40 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications
• Library reference desk or customer service experience.
• Experience working with serials.
• Strong aptitude with computers and software.
• Demonstrated organizational ability.
• Ability to work independently and to work effectively as a team member.

The Employer retains the right to change or assign other duties to this position.

About the Department
The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks an innovative, energetic and collaborative paraprofessional to fill the role of Collections Assistant for the Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL). AHL, located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, is a reading and reference, non-circulating library. It is known for the plant information resources and expertise it offers.

How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U:

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

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