Physical Materials and Facilities Specialist

University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

Job posting number: #7137998

Posted: April 4, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Summary of Position
With general direction from the Acquisitions/Description/E-Access, Physical Collections, and Facilities Program Leads but with considerable independence, catalogs, cares for, and moves physical materials across all library locations, as well as monitoring physical building conditions which may affect those materials. Supports and coordinates information access through information description and maintenance activities.

Manage and secure the remote Library Storage Building (LSB), including reporting facility-related concerns and taking initiative to report HVAC or other system problems, provide access for vendors and contractors, and coordinate access for building and equipment upgrades.

This role serves as a driver of the library vehicle(s) and moves physical materials between Dimond and the branch libraries and may be asked to coordinate pickup and delivery of materials off campus too. Role also responsible for library vehicle maintenance in partnership with part-time temporary adjunct position and the UNH garage (complying with insurance regulations and service schedule) is included. Required to keep NH Defensive Driving certification up to date and meet physical demands of the position.

In addition, this role will ensure library catalog accuracy for collections in storage and make them available to patrons both physically and/or digitally. Incumbent will support cataloging of library materials in all locations and contribute significantly to bibliographic cataloging projects for all library collections.
Acceptable minimum level of education Associate's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 3-5 years
Additional Job Information
UNH is a federal contractor within the meaning of the Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors. This position may require that you be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the future unless you apply for and receive a religious or medical exemption. You may not test out of this requirement.

Posting Number PS3915FY22
Other minimum qualifications
Any combination of higher education and related work experience equal to three to five years;

Ability and willingness to foster a healthy work environment;

A commitment to valuing diversity and a willingness to contribute to an inclusive working and learning environment;

Basic computer skills and an ability to learn new computer software programs and platforms.

Comfortable working in a team-based environment and a proven ability and willingness to work independently and collaboratively.

Ability to exercise independent judgment and take initiative to improve workflow, processes, and organizational efficiencies.

Demonstrated attention to detail and experience maintaining accurate records, managing tasks (sometimes multiple), and planning and organizing work to meet evolving priorities.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse clientele of faculty, staff, students, and colleagues both internal and external to the University;


Equivalent combination of education and/or experience that provides applicant with the necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in the role.
Additional Preferred Qualifications
Job specific and preferred:
Current valid driver’s license and the ability to complete defensive driving training.

Ability to lift/push heavy loads (up to 65lbs) regularly or accommodate lifting/pushing multiple lighter loads to allow distribution of weight.

Ability to use vehicle liftgate controls and heavy garage door.

Understanding job specific protocols and policies applied to academic research libraries, particularly remote storage, materials movement, collection maintenance, spatial data collection and basic or advanced cataloging.

Experience using a Library Services Platform (LSP) (Alma experience preferred).
Experience with scanning and/or other digitization technology.
Ability to monitor building security and/or alarm systems.
Salary Information
Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.
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Percent Time Information (FTE) 0.94
Grade 11
EEO Statement
The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or marital status.

Institution Information
The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The UNH Diversity Resource Guide with information and programming available in the seacoast area, New Hampshire, and the region can be found here:

Posting Details
Posting Date 04/04/2023
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Hourly Staff (Non-Exempt)
Appointment Type Regular
If TERM position provide projected end date
Library vehicle (SUV or van).
Monitor controls for Storage Building alarm system, environmental controls, and elevator.
Large compact shelving units moved by hand cranking .
Scanning technology.
Occasional use of standard tools (hammer, screwdriver, measuring tape, etc.).
Standard wet vac, mop or other related equipment in the event of water or other threat to the Storage collections.
Drivers License and Physical Requirements. Please check all items that apply. Valid Drivers License and Safe Driving Record, Post Offer Pre Employment Physical Required - NH drivers license required

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