Periodicals/Serials Specialist

Humboldt State University

Periodicals/Serials Specialist

Close: March 7, 2014

(Job #14-13) Periodicals/Serials Specialist, Library Services Specialist IV $3,571 - $5,715/month. Appointments are typically made at the beginning of the salary range. This is a full-time, benefited, probationary, 12-month position in the University Library.

Position Summary: Under the lead direction of the Head of Access Services, this LSS IV serves as the Periodicals/Serials Specialist for the Library.

Duties: The Periodicals/Serials Specialist is responsible for oversight of the daily operation of the Periodicals/Serials Unit, overseeing the work of other unit personnel, including a part-time intermittent hourly staff member and student assistants; providing public service to Library users at the Periodicals & Media Assistance Window; supporting access to subscription resources available in electronic and print formats, including full-text databases, e-journals, e-books, periodicals, serials, and newspapers; working closely with Library faculty and staff, California State University (CSU) personnel, vendors, and publishers to manage resources and resolve complex access issues; overseeing the ordering, check-in, and payment of periodical and serial resources in all formats, using the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system; generating periodic cost and usage reports for resources received on subscription and standing order; reconciling in-house payment data for periodicals, serials, and monographs with the campus financial system; troubleshooting and resolving issues with public microform and media equipment, and photocopiers; and performing other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications: Education & Experience: Education equivalent to a high school diploma, technical/vocational program and 2 to 3 years of related library experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Ability to work independently to handle complex details with precision; ability to establish and maintain working relationships with a diverse group of staff, students, and faculty from diverse backgrounds; in-depth knowledge and understanding of academic library operations, policies, and procedures; working knowledge of the Voyager Acquisitions and Cataloging modules; ability to effectively search and use bibliographic and full-text databases; familiarity with national standards for serials cataloging; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work independently to resolve complex problems; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, including strong Access and Excel skills; ability to remain current with new technologies, services, trends, and practices that are impacting academic library services and programs; ability to effectively utilize the full range of equipment required to fulfill unit responsibilities, including personal computers; printers; barcode scanners; flatbed scanners; label printers; calculators; microform readers; microform scanner/printers; DVD, CD, and VHS players; photocopiers; fax machines; and telephones.

Preferred Qualifications: Four or more years of recent academic library experience directly related to the responsibilities of this position; Bachelor of Arts or Sciences degree; prior personnel management experience; experience working with the Ex Libris Voyager Acquisitions module, Cataloging module, and SFX link resolver and knowledgebase; familiarity with the periodicals and serials publishing trade; working knowledge of OCLC; prior experience managing access to electronic resources, e.g., databases, ejournals, ebooks, etc.; familiarity with consortial purchasing arrangements similar to the CSU system; prior fiscal management experience; working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, and Access; prior experience working with periodical and/or serial vendors and/or publishers.

Application Procedure: Applicants should submit a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to Human Resources, 1 Harpst Street, Arcata, CA, 95521-8299 or via email to In addition to the above, please remember to complete the HSU Employment Application. Applications that do not include the HSU Employment Application will not be considered.

Application Deadline: All applications must be received or postmarked by 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014.

HSU is committed to enriching its educational environment and its culture through the diversity of its staff, faculty, and administration. Persons with interest and experience in helping organizations set and achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.

Human Resources
Siemens Hall - Room 211
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
(707) 826-3626
Fax: (707) 826-3625

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide complete and accurate employment information. Incorrect or improperly completed applications will not be considered for vacancies. Any reference in this announcement to required periods of experience or education is full-time activity. Part-time experience or education--or activities only part of which are qualifying--will receive proportionate credit. In accordance with applicable Collective Bargaining Agreements, preference may be given to the campus applicants covered by these agreements. However, positions are open to all interested applicants, both on and off campus.

Class Code: 2889

Evidence of required degree(s), certification(s), or license(s) will be required prior to the appointment date. The successful candidate for a position at HSU is required to be fingerprinted through the Humboldt State University Police Department or their local law enforcement agency. The results of the fingerprint process must be received by the university prior to the candidate’s appointment. The cost of the fingerprinting is borne by the university.

Publication Date: February 21, 2013

Humboldt State University is committed to achieving the goals of equal opportunity and endeavors to employ faculty and staff of the highest quality reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of the state. Additional information about Humboldt State University can be found at

Humboldt State University is an Equal Opportunity/Title IX/ADA Employer. Applications from and nominations of qualified women, minority candidates, covered veterans and disabled persons are particularly encouraged. Humboldt State University hires only individuals authorized to work in the United States.

The person holding this position is considered a ‘mandated reporter’ under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
Ref Code: 14-13

Contact Information
Human Resources
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, 95521