University of Georgia Libraries

POSITION: Collection Development and Preservation Assistant (Library Assistant III)

DEPARTMENT: Collection Development



The Collection Development and Preservation Assistant reports to the Bibliographic Searching Coordinator and Binding/Preservation Unit Head and performs bibliographic searching and collections conservation as well as assistance with the supervision of student assistants. The position is responsible for searching, verification, and interpretation of bibliographic information in a variety of languages using online databases and bibliographic tools, such as GIL, OCLC, relevant vendor systems, and other electronic sources; for assisting with training and supervising student assistants; for performing office support duties, including preparation of reports and maintenance of computer files and statistical data; and for performing conservation work in the Departmentís Binding/Preservation Unit. Work is performed independently subject to periodic review and requires the use of discretionary judgment and problem solving in the performance of a variety of tasks.


35% *Assists in addressing the conservation needs of the Librariesí general collections by evaluating structural problems of deteriorated materials, and by selecting from and performing a range of conservation treatments on books and other paper-based items.

40% *Identifies and supplies appropriate order-related information by searching, verifying, and interpreting bibliographic data in a variety of languages for monographs, series, serials, and periodicals; and by conveying search results clearly through the use of appropriate notations.

5% *Provides administrative and office support by assisting with filing and distribution of various forms, and by maintaining weekly statistics using Excel.

5% *Assists in addressing special problems of the Libraries' general collection by identifying and treating brittle, mold-damaged, and fire and water damaged materials as well as assisting with disaster recovery efforts as needed.

5% *Participates in staffing the Collection Development Office and Preservation as needed by answering telephone calls, taking messages, and providing appropriate assistance to patrons.

5% Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via GRAPEVINE (the Librariesí listserv) and other communication tools, and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

5% *Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes in the department and the Libraries and contributes to the team effort by assuming other similar duties and responsibilities as assigned.

* = essential function of the position


Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification required:

  • One year of college education AND one year library or related clerical/customer service experience; OR two years library or related clerical/customer service experience; OR any equivalent combination of experience, training and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies required to successfully perform work:

  • Ability to perform tasks with accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Previous work experience using a computer;
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and other computer applications;
  • Experience with office work including typing, filing, data entry, and other similar procedures;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships;
  • Flexibility in adapting to changing departmental and organizational priorities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Academic background in humanities or social sciences preferred;
  • Working knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred;
  • Experience working with bibliographic data and familiarity with GIL and OCLC systems preferred.

Physical Demands:

  • Sitting for long periods of time at a computer terminal is required. Position also entails lifting boxes weighing approximately 35 pounds each.

Work Hours:

  • M-F; 8 hrs/day; some evening and weekend work may be required.


Only applications submitted through the University of Georgia's Human Resources Employment website will be considered. Please visit the University of Georgia's Human Resources Employment website at and follow the instructions to submit an online application. Position posting number = 20151242.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.