Library Collections Technician

National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR)

Boulder, CO

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


$21.00 to $24.00 per Hour   Calculate


Boulder, CO




Not Required

Minimum Education

High School (or Equivalent)

Library Experience


Supervisory Experience

Not Required

Type of Library


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Job Description

What You Will Do:

  • As part of its core mission, the NCAR Library provides access to information resources needed for the conduct of scientific research and technology development. The Library Collections Technician II is responsible for conducting a complete assessment of NCAR Library’s collections, to ensure the quality and consistency of data in the Library’s online catalog, and help determine the appropriate scope of the browsing collection.
  • This position also supports the User Experience librarian in providing access to Library collections and services, and optimizing the customer experience when using the Library.


  • Conducts shelf-reading and complete inventory of library materials across all NCAR Library facilities. Ensures that the data in the inventory list is consistent with Library holdings, by correcting known errors in the catalog and contrasting inventory with holdings. Evaluates and improves the integrity of data in the online catalog. Calculates overall footprint of unique material in the Library collections. Develops a set of recommendations for deep storage of periodicals, monographs, ephemera, and other physical library materials that are referenced infrequently.
  • Based on collection assessment, makes recommendations for deaccessioning to keep Library collections current. Based on evaluation of  the online catalog, helps plan for the future of the Integrated Library System’s role in resource discovery and makes recommendations for improvements to the search and discovery interface. Helps develop best practices documentation for optimal collection management.
  • As part of the Library Services team, works directly with patrons to facilitate access to and use of library resources (cataloging, circulation, InterLibrary Loan, marketing, etc.).

What You Need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • High school degree and four years of relevant library experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Desired: Bachelor’s degree in library and/or information science

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Familiarity with best practices for the assessment and management of information resources in libraries.
  • Knowledge of current library technologies, including at least one Integrated Library System, such as Koha.
  • Experience working with library cataloging and classification standards, such as LOC, MARC, RDA (Resource Description and Access). Familiarity with library metadata standards including Dublin Core and MODS, is a plus.
  • Strong organizational and multitasking skills with attention to detail. Adept at work requiring repetitive, detail-oriented transactions.
  • Strong ability to prioritize tasks and coordinate with the work of others.
  • Good interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent customer service skills. Ability to work collaboratively and positively with both Library/Archives staff and users.
  • Skill in using general computer software (Word, Excel, Power Point) and various web tools, such as Google’s collaboration system (Docs, Sheets, Slides).
  • Relates in a positive manner to a diverse group of co-workers and library users; possesses sensitivity in working in multicultural settings.

Additional Info & Requirements

The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. 

Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.

The Community

Located in Boulder, Colorado, the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) is one of the world’s premier scientific institutions, with an internationally recognized staff and research program dedicated to advancing knowledge, providing community-based resources, and building human capacity in the atmospheric and related sciences.  NCAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). This position will be working for the NCAR Library. As part of its core mission, the NCAR Library provides access to information resources needed for the conduct of scientific research and technology development.



Posted Nov 6, 2019