Library Technician II -Serials
Seattle University 18 reviews - Seattle, WA

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Seattle University has an exciting, dynamic opportunity for a Library Technician II to join our community.

Reporting to the Serials Librarian, this position performs acquisitions functions including ordering and renewing serials subscriptions and standing orders, receiving materials, claiming and payment approval.

This position is also responsible for sorting and distributing all incoming library mail.

Job functions will continue to evolve due to the Orbis Cascade Alliance’s implementation of a new shared ILS system as well as the Alliance initiative for Collaborate Technical Services operations among member libraries.

Essential Job Functions

Serial Management & Maintenance

Manage periodical subscriptions and serial standings orders including investigation of new titles and identification of title changes using vendors’ online resources, and OCLC . Place new orders, renew orders and initiate claims for missing issues/volumes. Cancel orders and close records for ceased publications. Create/update check-in (including MARC holdings) and item records for serials maintenance as required. Update “on-the-fly” records received from Circulation. Communicate in an open and courteous way with library vendors, publishers and distributors.


Approve invoices for payment, record billing information, identify billing errors and resolve them, process credit memos.


Accurately record receipts of incoming periodicals, added volumes, and standing orders, route designated journals. Complete labelling and end processing (stamps, security, etc.,) for all incoming titles.


Sort and distribute incoming mail for the library and learning commons.

Marginal Job Functions

Organize and prepare periodical issues for shipment to the bindery. Receive bound volumes returned from the bindery and perform quality control check.

Work on special projects as assigned by supervisor in support of department or library strategic planning.

In order to serve a year round academic community, the library is open during some national or university holidays and staff may be required to work a full or partial shift on such days.

Support Lemieux Library public service duties; to be determined by need and opportunity in consultation with the Director of Instructional and Public Services.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate’s degree and two or more years previous library experience OR an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential job functions.

Knowledge of current library serial procedures and publisher and publishing trends.

Familiarity with library integrated systems, searching the internet, and online databases. Possess excellent data entry, math, and accounting skills.

Excellent service-oriented interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to establish positive rapport with supervisor, library colleagues, university community, library vendors, publishers, and distributors.

Excellent organizational skills and the ability to prioritize, multi-task, and meet expected deadlines.

Ability to use judgment and analytical skills for problem solving and troubleshooting and to seek consultation when appropriate or necessary.

Demonstrated ability to do detailed work accurately.

Demonstrated ability to work in a complex setting and to work both independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.

Committed to follow-through and excellent service.

The candidate must be able to successfully complete an online computer skills assessment administered by the Office of Human Resources. Software included in the assessment: MS Word, MS Excel, MS PowerPoint, and MS Outlook.

All candidates must show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and the university’s mission, vision, and values.

All positions at Seattle University require a criminal history background check.

Preferred Qualifications

Previous academic library experience with direct experience with managing serials and accounting.

Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office Software applications including Word and Excel.

Experience using an integrated library system, OCLC , and library vendor software (e.g. YBP’s Gobi).

Salary starts at $31,000+ annually based on skills and qualifications.

Excellent Benefits Package

Our excellent benefits package currently includes: Medical, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, significantly subsidized for employee and dependents; generous retirement plan: 10% of salary contributed by University (after 1 year); vacation, sick leave, 11 holidays plus Christmas week off, community service leave; Transportation pass 75% paid; Automatic payroll deposit; Library privileges for employees; University fitness facilities free for employees; S.U. tuition for employees and dependents administered in accordance with University policies.

Application Instructions

Please apply online at: Applicants are also strongly encouraged to attach an electronic cover letter and resume when applying.

Persons who need assistance with the recruitment process may contact the Office of Human Resources at: 206-296-5870.

Close Date

Non-Discrimination Policy

Seattle University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, political ideology or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran in the administration of any of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletics, and other school-administered policies and programs, or in its employment related policies and practices. In addition, the University does not discriminate on the basis of genetic information in its employment related policies and practices, including coverage under its health benefits program.

All University policies, practices and procedures are administered in a manner consistent with Seattle University’s Catholic and Jesuit identity and character. Inquiries relating to these policies may be referred to the University’s Vice President for Human Resources and University Services and Equal Opportunity Officer at (206) 296-5870.

Consistent with the requirements of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and its implementing regulations, Seattle University has designated three individuals responsible for coordinating the University’s Title IX compliance. Students or employees with concerns or complaints about discrimination on the basis of sex in employment or an education program or activity may contact any one of the following Title IX coordinators:

Office of Human Resources

RINA 214

(206) 296-5870

Individuals may also contact the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education.

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