• Collections Processing Assistant II

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Regular
    LB Andrew Heiskell Library
  • Overview

    The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, part of The New York Public Library, serves patrons who are eligible to borrow materials from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) in the five boroughs of New York City and Long Island. The CPA department staff are critical to ensuring our 15,600 patrons with print disabilities have equal access to reading materials by processing, checking out, mailing, inspecting, and checking in, out over 450,000 items a year. CPAs inventory and inspect Braille books, handle mailings, and  manage two ILS systems at the physical circulation desk and assist patrons of both the NLS and NYPL systems that are run through the Heiskell Library - with item processing, as well as guidance for the visually impaired. The department must also manage the nationally mandated XESS and RECALL quota weeding systems and the Federal recycling processes. In the future, they may also play a critical role in new downloading processes and duplication on demand to create books to fill patron needs. For more information see talkingbooks.nypl.org

    Principal Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Senior Collections Processing Associate, the Collections Processing Assistant:

    • Works as part of a team to provide public service and to assist with outreach activities
    • Assists with reserves, inventory, circulation and other related duties
    • Prepares print and non-print library materials for circulation, involving some data entry at a PC
    • Processes patron applications and transfers for braille and talking book users, including data entry, filing, and related tasks
    • Inspects and sorts talking books and other materials
    • Is teamwork oriented, and shows initiative in creating and carrying out improvements to staff procedures and user experience of the Library
    • Performs related duties as required

    NYPL Core Values




    Minimum Qualifications

    • High School Diploma
    • Successfully demonstrated ability to follow directions, work independently and as a part of a team in a reliable and flexible manner
    • Must be able to work with a diverse public, including people with disabilities
    • Strong interpersonal and oral communication skills
    • Successfully demonstrated ability to accurately perform data entry at moderate speed with careful attention to detail
    • Demonstrated ability to effectively handle a high-volume workload, daily deadlines, and productivity standards
    • Basic computer, internet, email, and Google Doc skills, and the ability to develop proficiency with two circulation systems: Sierra and KLAS
    • Must be able to perform physical duties such as lifting up to 50 lbs., pulling and pushing items
    • Must pass physical examination

    Physical Duties

    • Limited physical effort is required
    • Light lifting required
    • Lifting up to 40 lbs. Required
    • May require travel within NYC

    Starting Salary

    USD $32,710.00/Yr.

    Union / Non Union

    Local 1930


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