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Library Technical Assistant: Circulation Specialist

Harris-Stowe State University is a historically Black institution (HBCU) located in the heart of vibrant mid-town St. Louis, Missouri.  Harris-Stowe’s beautiful campus is minutes from the renown Gateway Arch, St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis Art and History Museums, Forest Park and other cultural and educational institutions.  Harris-Stowe’s diverse faculty and staff provide a wide range of academic programs to one of the most culturally diverse student bodies in the St. Louis region.


Supervise and maintain the circulation of the various collections.  This includes both in-house (Reserve and Reference) as well as collections in Library. Working knowledge of the nature and the functions of libraries. Assist patrons as needed in finding library materials and utilizing Library services.

Principal Duties: 

  • Enforcing Library circulation policies
  • Maintain the day-to-day functioning of circulation services including but not limited to:  set-up and closing, creating and updating patron records, explaining library policies and procedures, assisting patrons in locating books and information; while shelving materials as needed, charging and discharging materials and collecting, recording, distributing fines, fees and overdue notices
  • Proofreading patron records entered by others
  • Processing incoming materials and outgoing requests from other libraries

Education and Experience Requirements: 

  • Minimum of Associate’s degree in Library Science, English, Educational Studies or other related areas
  • Knowledge and interest of the daily library functions including non-electronic circulation practices
  • Customer service experience and Customer service etiquette
  • Ability to successfully use the Dewey Decimal System and/or Library of Congress Classification System
  • Ability to successfully use a subscription database such as Academic Search Elite and any other electronic library catalogs
  • Strong Organizational skills 

Other skills: 

  • Ability to work under pressure to meet short term goals while maintaining attention to detail as well as the ability to focus on tasks
  • Computer and software proficiency, including but not limited to: email, MS Office, the use of library software to input and retrieve data.
  • Patience, tact, and an ability to work with people in intense situations without escalating tension; work well with others in a highly diverse environment; Etiquette with co-workers as well as patrons
  • Strong organizational skills, as well as flexibility and willingness to learn new skills effectively, efficiently and enthusiastically

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to push heavy carts, lift boxes, reach high/ low shelves safely
  • Manual dexterity to use a computer keyboard
  • Ability to see and read small print on labels

Benefits Statement: 

Comprehensive medical, dental, life insurance and eye care options

  • Receive rich medical premiums 
  • Pension account matched at up to 20.42%
  • Tuition remission including qualifying dependents 
  • Savings annuity plan
  • Tax Savings Benefit through Missouri State Employees’ Cafeteria Plan
  • On-site fitness center
  • Paid Time Off Program for vacation, holiday and sick time


Review of applications will start immediately until the position is filled. Due to the volume of resumes that we receive, only those candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

Please submit your application on line at  Submit your application using either Chrome or Firefox when applying, as our system works most smoothly with these browsers.  Please check to ensure documents are in one of the following file formats: .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt, .ascii, .pdf, or html.

“Please No Phone Calls”

Due to the large number of applications submitted and the high volume of applicant inquiries we receive regarding the status of applications, we are unable to accept phone calls or walk-in inquiries regarding applicant status. 


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