University of Georgia Libraries

POSITION: Library Associate I (Binding Supervisor)

DEPARTMENT: Collection Development



The Binding Supervisor is responsible to the Head of the Binding and Preservation Unit for overseeing the Librariesí binding operation, including hiring and training student assistants; gathering periodicals and other materials for binding; maintaining the Main Library and Science Library Current Periodicals areas, excluding daily shelving; processing weekly shipments of periodicals, serials, and monographs sent to and returned from the commercial bindery, and maintaining accurate records in GIL and ABLE. Work is performed independently, subject to periodic review, and requires discretion and judgment in performing tasks. Work requires moving extensively throughout both the Main and Science Libraries, as well as physical tasks such as stooping, lifting, carrying and climbing. A considerable amount of time is spent working on a computer terminal. Some evening and/or weekend work may be required.


30% *Prepares weekly binding shipments by processing material sent to and returned from the commercial bindery.

20% *Creates and maintains item records by inputting and updating data on GIL.

10% *Gathers periodicals for binding by pulling bindable units from Main and Science Current Periodicals Room shelves.

10% *Assists the Unit Head in maintaining established standards for both quality and quantity of work by applying technical and bibliographic knowledge to collection maintenance.

10% *Solves problems associated with binding (e.g. frequency changes, supplement decisions, etc.) by using appropriate resources such as GIL, OCLC, ABLE, etc, and by securing replacements for missing issues using various resources.

6% *Hires and trains student assistants by communicating knowledge and expertise in selected job related areas as needed.

6% Assists Unit Head in the planning and supervising of workflow of the Unit.

5% Assists in the preservation of library materials by performing basic mending and repair techniques on books when appropriate.

1% Assists library staff and patrons by answering questions concerning binding matters.

1% 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.

1% Maintains flexibility and awareness of changes and needs in the department and Libraries and contributes to the team effort by assuming other duties and responsibilities as assigned.

* = essential function of the position


Education, Experience, Licensure, Certification required:

  • Two years of college education AND one year related library experience; OR three years library, archives, information center or related work 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:

  • Knowledge of bibliographic principles and procedures;
  • Ability to perform diverse and complex tasks accurately with close attention to detail;
  • Previous and accurate work experience using a computer;
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and to deal tactfully and courteously with library patrons, vendors, publishers, and coworkers;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of one or more foreign languages preferred;
  • Data entry experience in an automated environment preferred.

Physical Demands:

  • Ability to lift moderately heavy materials (approximately 50 lbs.);
  • Work requires moving extensively throughout both the Main and Science Libraries, and physical tasks such as stooping, lifting, carrying and climbing.

Work Hours:

  • M-F; 8 hours/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 = 20150907.

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.