Materials Handler I

Strauss Health Sciences Library

CU Anschutz Medical Campus

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Apply By Sep 1st, 2019


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Aurora, CO


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Job Description

Materials Handler I-17043 

University of Colorado – CU Anschutz Strauss Health Sciences Library Position #640018 – Requisition #17043

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The Strauss Health Sciences Library has an opening for a full-time University Staff (unclassified) Materials Handler I position.

Nature of Work:

The Health Sciences Library is the library for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. The library provides the largest collection of health sciences information resources in Colorado with a digital collection of more than 30,000 online journals, hundreds of electronic textbooks, and online databases. Health Sciences Library administers the Preservation and Access Service Center for Colorado Academic Libraries (PASCAL). PASCAL is a high-density library storage facility located on the Anschutz Medical Campus. Operating since 2001, PASCAL currently serves CU academic libraries: Norlin Library of CU-Boulder, Law Library of CU-Boulder, Auraria Library of CU Denver, and the Health Sciences Library on the Anschutz campus. Based on a design pioneered at Harvard University, PASCAL bays can hold over a million volumes and currently two bays exist. The storage area of the facility is climate controlled with year round temperatures in the storage bays averaging 55 degrees and 35% relative humidity. Currently, volumes eligible for storage are older research materials that have value but are in low demand. All volumes are sorted and stored by size in cardboard trays. Individual library catalogs indicate if a particular book has been moved to PASCAL allowing patrons to make requests via their own library.

PASCAL seeks responsive and effective individuals who are responsible for exercising discretion, analytical skill, personal accountability and responsibility in performing storage services and retrieval operations of the PASCAL warehouse and its associated user services for member libraries. Work involves providing high-density preservation and storage of library materials and retrieval of those materials per requests from users and libraries.

The systems, operations, and processes are established and defined but allow for flexibility and latitude in adapting practical approaches for various situations. Not all circumstances are covered by established guidelines so positions must use some judgment in devising solutions and alternatives. The work at this level includes determining priorities, solving problems affecting the accurate processing of materials or transactions, recommending procedure changes to remedy processing problems and following directives and procedural delegations of the PASCAL Manager for quality control of material handling.

PASCAL exists to meet the information needs of its member libraries by providing: high-density storage services and management of compact shelf space; circulation and lending of materials; care in handling and preservation of materials sometimes rare and special collections; interlibrary loan lending and document delivery services to fulfill requests; operation of each member’s integrated library system and interlibrary loan delivery systems for the purposes of material stored at PASCAL; and monitoring of environmental quality in the storage bays and accurate inventory of material and their precise storage location per local PASCAL barcodes and storage scheme and methods.

The Material Handler at PASCAL is responsible to process materials and requests and to provide services and customer relations to the participating libraries and clients of PASCAL. The material handler reports to the PASCAL manager. The position’s duties include: assisting with opening/closing of the facility; operation of an order picker and driving a forklift to retrieve and reshelf materials; sorting and processing incoming materials for storage according to set procedures; pulling and re-shelfing materials; copying and scanning materials for electronic delivery and preparing physical material for outgoing mail and courier; using document delivery technology software and systems; and handling the general circulation of materials in and out of the PASCAL collection.

Additional Info & Requirements

Examples of Work Performed:Professional work limits are proscribed by available resources and established standards. To resolve problems, choices are made to relate individual items or situations to general practices. However, the outcomes should be consistent. Some examples of standard processes and procedures include but are not limited to: 

  • Processing 
  • Sorting
  • Scanning
  • Order Picker
  • Circulation

Employment Conditions: Physical demands of this position require the ability to operate special machinery, lift or push 50 pounds or more and have unrestricted visual and physical abilities.

Salary and Benefits: Hiring salary has been established as $2,399/month

Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. Benefits:

Minimum Qualifications: One year of experience which includes warehousing, handling, shipping, receiving, storing, inventory, and/or distribution of goods.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience handling and sorting materials in a library environment.

Experience with scanning a high volume of documents.

Experience operating a stand up forklift, a cherry picker and/or similar machinery.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Ability to manage multiple tasks and work independently with minimal supervision. 

Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to establish rapport with persons of diverse backgrounds. 

Strong customer service skills.

Excellent oral communication skills with the ability to handle stressful situations in a calm and professional manner.

Ability to communicate effectively in written form which includes the ability to check for typographical, grammatical and spelling errors

Mechanical Ability

Physical Ability

Planning and organization skills.

Strong ability to pay close attention to detail

Please click here for information on disability accommodations:

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees. 

Special Instructions to Applicants:To apply, please visit: and attach: 1. A current CV/resume 2. List of three to five professional references (we will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references) Questions should be directed to: []


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