Library Assistant 2, Outreach Assistant (PT) – University of MN Landscape Arboretum (Chaska Minnesota)

Library Assistant 2 (Outreach Assistant): 50% part time
Job ID343412
All Other -See Job Description
Job Family: LR-Technical
Full/Part Time: Part-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Job Code4996
Employee ClassA: FSCME Unit 7 – Technical

Job Classification: Library Assistant 2

Working Title: Outreach Assistant

Work Hours: Tuesday – Friday & one Saturday every four weeks
FTE: 50%, part-time
Job Location: Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, Chaska Minnesota

Essential Functions

Provide reference and information assistance to Library users and Arboretum staff at the Andersen Horticultural Library reference desk, utilizing the knowledge of selected library and Minnesota Landscape Arboretum procedures, tools, and facilities. Answer in-person, telephone, and e-mail queries, referring more specialized queries to reference librarian, Arboretum staff, or other expert.

Work with the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Marketing team and University Libraries’ Communications team to promote AHL, its resources, services, and programming in a variety of ways, including social media (blog, Pinterest, Instagram, etc). Add “Featured from the Collection” and similar pieces to the website and to the Friends Newsletter (select item, basic research, write, select visuals). Create new programming. Develop collaborative relationships and projects with AHL and Arboretum staff, Friends groups, local libraries, garden groups, book groups, etc. to promote AHL. Maintain

Non-­‐Essential Functions

Keep the Library attractive, clean, and well-organized. Ensure prompt and accurate shelving of books. Liaise with Arboretum facilities staff as needed.

Organize and assign tasks for some AHL volunteers. Act as a liaison; communicate, teach, coordinate, and supervise the volunteers’ work. Assist in handling book donation drop-offs for the annual Friends of AHL book sale.

Minimum Qualifications
• Two (2) years of college coursework and/or relevant library experience.
• Experience or coursework related to gardening, horticulture, or plant sciences.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to lift 40 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications
• Library reference desk or customer service experience.
• Experience working with social media.
• Strong aptitude with computers and software.
• Experience developing outreach/promotional efforts.
• Ability to work independently and to work effectively as a team member.

About the Department
The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks an innovative, energetic and collaborative paraprofessional to develop the role of Outreach Assistant for the Andersen Horticultural Library (AHL). AHL, located at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, is a reading and reference, non-circulating library. It is known for the plant information resources and expertise it offers.

How To Apply
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

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To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).


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About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC)

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.