University of Georgia Libraries

POSITION: Georgia Newspaper Technician (Library Assistant III)

DEPARTMENT: Digital Library of Georgia



The Georgia Newspaper Technician reports to the Microfilm Supervisor and assists in processing and duplication microfilm, microfilming special items, monitoring workflow, supervising student assistants, filling orders, and helping patrons. The process includes assisting in the maintenance of all pertinent files of Georgia newspapers, including the addresses of newspapers, circulation managers, and local libraries for obtaining possible missing issues. The position also assists in the digitization of newspaper microfilm. This position directly trains and supervises student workers involved in the check-in and preparation process.

Employees at this level exercise a moderate amount of independent judgment in developing their own work sequences and in selecting alternative work methods within a range of choices. Questions that require interpretation or are not easily resolved are referred to a supervisor.


15 % * Maintains newspaper files by checking in and preparing newspapers for filming.

15% * Supervises student assistant(s) by training, assigning and monitoring work, and completing appropriate paperwork.

15% * Processes and duplicates microfilm for preservation and access in compliance with national standards.

10% * Microfilms newspapers, manuscripts, books, and other materials for preservation purposes.

10% Assists the Microfilm Supervisor in fulfilling microfilm orders, keeping records, and providing information and assistance to patrons in person, by telephone, and through e-mail.

10% * Conducts digital imaging work from microfilm.

10% * Manages creation of derivative images for online presentation

7% * Maintains quality control by reviewing imaging work.

5% * Documents the work of the unit by maintaining records of all material flowing through the unit.

2% Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes and needs in the department by assuming similar duties and responsibilities as assigned.

1% Participates in library-wide communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via GRAPEVINE (the Libraries’ listserv) and other communication tools, and appropriate library-wide or departmental meetings and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.

* = 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 routine tasks accurately with close attention to detail required;
  • Proficiency in using Microsoft Office software, such as Word and Excel.
  • Knowledge of or willingness to learn about principles and practices of microfilming;
  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships;
  • Ability to function as a contributing team member in a production-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of newspaper publishing in Georgia preferred. Knowledge of digital imaging preferred.
  • Experience dealing with controlled chemicals, such as solutions used in photographic darkrooms.

Physical Demands:

  • Position requires sitting for long periods of time at a computer terminal is required, lifting boxes weighing approximately 10-20 pounds each, working with controlled chemicals for use in photographic darkrooms.

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 = 20151878.

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.