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Published date: April 3, 2022
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States


Lab School Lim Family Library

About the Department

The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools provides one of the world's most outstanding pre-collegiate educational experiences. Because Lab is part of the University of Chicago, the importance of intellectual life—of thought and exploration—infuses all aspects of our curriculum and students in every grade benefit from outstanding UChicago academicians and access to unmatched resources. John Dewey—one of the great minds in education—established the Schools in 1896 as a place to explore and implement his theories on childhood education. Today’s students still benefit from his vision, and today’s Lab faculty are recognized as experienced leaders in their field. Families who choose Lab care deeply about curiosity, inquiry, and creativity. Approximately 60 percent of Lab families are affiliated with the University, half live in Hyde Park, and the rest come from across Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Indiana. Lab’s student body reflects the diversity that is deeply valued by the Schools and its community; approximately half of our 2,000 students are people of color and families report speaking nearly 40 different languages in their homes. The Laboratory Schools seek the finest employees—people who wish to inspire a love of learning in our students and join a vibrant learning community. We employ people with a wide range of skills and training, in many different disciplines. At Lab, we value learning experientially, exhibiting kindness, and honoring diversity. We seek employees who share a similar commitment to these values. Lab people are engaged and excited by our mission of igniting and nurturing an enduring spirit of scholarship, curiosity, creativity, and confidence in the youngest members of the University of Chicago’s academic community.

Job Information

Job Summary:
The Library Assistant II is responsible for performing a broad range of library tasks closely following departmental guidelines and procedures, including: charging and discharging stacks materials; copy cataloging; placing book orders and processing new books; assisting with bill payment; logging periodicals and maintaining holding records; and repairing materials as needed. Performs work in accordance with Laboratory Schools Library standards and procedures.

We are hiring for 2 positions.

40% - Responsible for circulation desk functions including charging and discharging stacks materials, managing waiting lists, managing overdues, processing library fines, resolving basic fine appeals. Resolves simple problems related to lost/misplaced overdue items. Obtains and processes reserve requests. Creates and updates records. Prepares reserve material for use. Maintains and updates patron records and circulation policies. Empties bookdrop.
30% - Searches databases and other online sources for library holdings, cataloging information, vendor and price information. Processes orders for additions to the collection, verifies materials received and ensures accuracy of billing records. Copy catalogs and processes new materials. Repairs damaged materials.
10% - Assists with bill payment. Uses online systems for ordering and monitoring progress and payment. Inventories, orders, and manages library supplies.
10% - Assists in routine training and oversight of student employees and clerical substitutes. Assists with shelving of library materials as necessary, including shifting stacks as needed. Straightens the library: checking for materials left on tables, chairs, floors, etc.
5% - Assists librarians with a range of office duties including laminating, creating and updating documents, creating temporary library signage and bulletin board displays.
5% - Other duties as assigned.

Competencies :
Manage interpersonal relationships and interact/communicate with clarity, tact and courtesy with patrons, staff, faculty, students and others; communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing.
Identify priorities; recognize and resolve or refer problems; work effectively with supervision and as a part of a team.
Manage multiple workflows and prioritize appropriately.

Additional Requirements

Education, Experience or Certifications:
High school diploma or GED required.
College degree preferred.

Related work experience required; previous library experience preferred.
Previous experience working in a K-12 educational setting preferred.
Previous experience using Follett Destiny online catalog preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:
Use or learn a range of position-related software applications.
Macintosh computer experience which includes spreadsheet, word processing, presentation and database software preferred; working skill with keyboard and mouse required.
Demonstrated ability to learn and apply a variety of library processes and procedures required; sustain attention to detail required; tolerate and work in a moderate dust environment required.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:
Find and shelve books on bottom and top shelves required; Pick up and deliver mail/books/interoffice forms around buildings required.
Carry or lift loads of up to 25 lbs.
Sit for 4 hours or more.
Use computers extensively for 4 hours or more.

Pay Range:
$16.90 - $19.73 per hour.

Required Documents:
Cover Letter
Professional References Contact Information (3)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

Benefit Eligibility


Requires Compliance with University Covid-19 Vaccination Requirement


Pay Frequency


Pay Range

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Scheduled Weekly Hours



024- Local 743, I.B.T. Clerical

Job is Exempt


Drug Test Required


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Health Screen Required

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Posting Statement:
Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward .

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity /Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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