Library Specialist Job Opening

Library Specialist

New Mexico State University

Dona Ana, New Mexico
$12.98 an hour — Full-time, Commission

Appointment Full-time Equivalency 1.00 Reports To Position Title Dept Head,Library Target Hourly/Salary Rate 12.98 Pay Level 05 Pay Base Hourly Recruitment Summary

New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.

Job Duties and Responsibilities Classification Summary

Under minimal supervision, provides assistance as required by library services to meet the informational, educational, and research-related needs of patrons. May performs paraprofessional level technical, public, and access services.

Classification Standard Duties

Provides guidance and assistance to patrons regarding general and specific information about the library and library resources. With minimal supervision, performs and/or oversees routine to moderately complex database tasks, utilizing automated database systems, to include materials check-in, circulation, searching, ordering of materials, and/or copy cataloging. Provides assistance to higher level staff and librarians with reference services, using proficiency in specialized indexes, reference sources, and on-line databases; may perform reference services with backup assistance. Performs specialized library tasks, including copy cataloging without review or original cataloging with review, processing of non-traditional materials (such as manuscripts and archival materials) without review, and handling of routine and complex invoices and orders, using specialized databases. Implements and communicates policies pertaining to services, operations, and activities; resolves complex departmental problems, and develops and implements operational procedures. Initiates and assists with collection maintenance activities and projects including electronic collections. Trains lower graded staff and/or student employees. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of customer service standards and procedures. Knowledge of library principles, practices, and terminology.


Skill in the use of computers, preferably in a PC, Windows-based operating environment. Skill in the use of relevant automated library systems. Skill in the use of library resources.


Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. Ability to analyze and solve problems. Ability to provide training to staff and/or student employees. Ability to perform a variety of specialized library tasks. Ability to communicate technical information to non-technical personnel.

Required Education

High School diploma or GED certificate.

Required Experience

Five (5) years of experience related to the standard duties as outlined.

Equivalency Completion of a post-secondary degree or certificate may substitute for years of experience. Preferred Qualifications

Two years supervisory experience.

Required Certification/License Special Requirements Other Departmental Requirements Standard Work Schedule Standard (M-F, 8-5) If not a Standard Work Schedule, please describe Physical Work Location State NA Physical Work Location County, if in New Mexico DA-Dona Ana Work Site Contingent Upon Funding Not Applicable Bargaining Unit Eligible Posting Announcement Statement This is a bargaining unit position with American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME). Tenure Track No Posting Date 06/06/2019 Closing Date 07/04/2019 Anticipated Job Begin Date (optional) Anticipated Job End Date, if applicable (optional) Open Until Filled No Special Instructions to Applicants

The electronic application is the official document that will be used to qualify applicants. Paper/email documents will not be accepted. Required documents must be attached to this application.

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Working Conditions and Physical Effort

Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

Physical Effort
Light physical effort. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.

Lifting Requirements
Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 25 pounds or standing and/or walking for more than four (4) hours per day.

Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions.