Library Assistant I -- Harper College -- Palatine, ILL

About Us
We are Harper College…the college in your community.

The College was established by referendum in 1965 and opened September 1967. It is named for Dr. William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago.

Harper College is now one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving approximately 29,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs.

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LTA Certificate or Associate's degree required. One year library circulation experience preferred and customer service experience required. Proficiency in Microsoft Word & Power Point required.

Job Description
Responsible for providing public service within the Circulation Department.

About the Team
The Harper College Library provides access to print and digital materials, study rooms, technology loans, assistance with citations and wireless printing for the students, employees and surrounding community.


  • Responsible for opening and/or closing procedures and daily operations of the library.
  • Assists users with locating, requesting, and processing materials from other institutions.
  • Checks materials and technology in and out.
  • Supports the Semester Loan Technology Program by assisting with the physical organization and functioning of devices.
  • Collaborates with other departments as needed.
  • Creates, schedules, and maintains study room appointments and study room space.
  • Assists with updating library website and creating content for social media.
  • Registers and updates user accounts.
  • Responsible for circulating all library materials and collecting fines and fees.
  • Receives, processes, and helps maintain Reserves materials.
  • Provides information to patrons in person, online, and by telephone, and makes necessary referrals; assists patrons as needed.
  • Helps maintain library space and collection.
  • Inspects damaged materials and refers them to repair or replacement.
  • Troubleshoots and provides assistance that supports daily functioning of the library (copiers, printers, DVD players, computers, print stations, scanning stations, etc.)
  • Supports library programming, marketing and outreach initiatives.
  • Assists in directing the day-to-day activities of student aides.
  • Processes materials borrowed and lent through Interlibrary Loan.
  • Anticipates future needs of students.
  • Keeps informed of initiatives concerning accessibility.
  • Participates in campus initiatives.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
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