Technical Processing Assistant


Under the direct supervision of the Technical Processing Workgroup (TPW) Supervisor, the Technical Processing Assistant is responsible for receiving, cataloging and preparing for circulation all formats of materials to be added to the library’s collection. This position is classified as a regular part-time position and is non-exempt from overtime. The nature of the work may require evening and weekend hours.



  • Unpacks shipments of new library materials following established procedures.

    • Receives and reconciles packing slips/invoices.

    • Verifies and updates order information in library’s automated system.

  • Processes incoming items following established procedures and creates item records.

    • Searches for MARC (machine-readable) bibliographic records for items to be added to the library’s catalog. Edits records as necessary.

    • Creates original bibliographic records when needed.

  • Assists in maintaining the quality of the catalog by updating/editing item records as needed.

  • Assists in maintaining the quality of the physical collection by repairing materials as needed or requested by selectors.

  • Assists in other areas of the Circulation Department as requested.

  • Stays informed of library news and events via review of all forms of library communication: website, email, SharePoint, library newsletter and blog. Contributes content as appropriate.

  • Enforces library policies using a polite and professional approach.

  • Refers patron queries and issues beyond the Technical Processing Assistant’s scope of authority to the TPW Supervisor, Department Heads or Director, as appropriate.

  • Accepts special assignments or duties in support of the library’s goals and objectives.



  • Basic knowledge typically associated with the completion of a high school diploma.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and common office equipment. Efficient and accurate keyboarding and keen attention to detail.

  • High-level verbal and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently.

  • Ability to coordinate own work with the work of others and to prioritize duties according to time requirements and workflow.

  • Ability to adapt to changes in the work environment (i.e. new assignments, procedures, schedule).

  • Consistent display of public service attitude that reflects the library’s values.

  • Punctuality and dependability.



  • Associate’s degree or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • 1 year experience in cataloging.

    • Familiarity with MARC records and fielded data.

    • Familiarity with Innovative Interfaces Inc.’s Integrated Library System.

  • Prior experience in a public library or comparable customer service environment.



  • Sufficient physical agility to stand, walk, bend, stoop, reach, sit, lift up to 40 lbs., and push carts weighing up to 200 lbs.

  • Manual dexterity and visual acuity sufficient to grab, hold, and shelve materials and read small print on labels.

  • Sufficient clarity of speech and hearing which permits the employee to communicate in writing and verbally.

  • Sufficient vision which permits the employee to produce and review a wide variety of materials in both electronic and hard copy form.

  • Ability to work effectively under stressful conditions in a fast-paced environment.

$12.25 to $12.70 per hour and 20-25 hours per week
Prorated: Vacation time, Sick time and Holidays

Only complete application packets (which include a current CPL application form, resume and cover letter) received or postmarked by 6:00 PM on Sunday, January 20, 2019 , will be considered.

Incomplete application packets will not be reviewed.


Submit application packets to:
Marian Nicholson — Business Services
Canton Public Library
1200 S. Canton Center Rd.
Canton, MI 48188


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.  This job description is not a contract between the library and the employee. It should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals may perform other duties as assigned, including work in other functional areas to cover absences or relief, to equalize peak work periods or otherwise to balance the workload. The library reserves the right to revise this job description at its discretion.

The Canton Public Library is an EEO employer.