Job Title:   Library Technician
Department:   RUO Library
Shift:   4th (Rotating)
Full/Part:  Type 1 (72-80 Hrs/PP)
Job Number:   2016-0458
Job Description:
Are you interested in joining a leading health care organization?

Join Rush University Medical Center! 

We are seeking an experienced and highly motivated, well organized and detail-oriented Library Tech 3 for our RUO Librarian Department.

 Shift is for a person who will work Sunday through Thursday 3:30pm until Midnight.



  • Provides general biomedical reference service for clinicians, faculty and students of the Rush University Medical Center.  Handles all routine circulation transactions through the Library’s automated system, shelves books and journals, and performs specific departmental tasks as outlined below.    Participates in Library quality improvement projects.   Reports to the Circulation Manager/Reference Librarian.


Scope of Responsibilities


Reference Responsibilities:


  • Conduct Reference Interview to determine information or service needed by the Library’s patrons.
  • Provides reference services to the Library’s patrons onsite and via telephone requests.  This includes proficiency in using reference tools in electronic and print formats.  Reference questions range from directional to ready reference questions.
  • Provides citation verification and assistance to patrons using major electronic databases such as Medline, Cinahl, PsycInfo, etc.
  • Answers ready reference questions and refer patrons with complex questions to a Reference Librarian and, if the desk is closed, provide them with a Request for Reference Service form.  Records statistics on questions answered.
  • Assists patrons in locating items they cannot find by searching through unshelved items at the circulation desk, verifying the item is not in the photocopy areas, and placing the item in Locate if not found.


Circulation Responsibilities:


  • Checks out, renews, and checks in items from the general collection, places holds for patrons on items that are checked out, and collects fines for overdue materials.
  • Registers new patrons in the online patron file.
  • Retrieves items from the reserve collection for circulation and returns them to the shelves and files.
  • Readies books and journals for reshelving by placing them in shelf order at the circulation desk.
  • Dispenses copy cards to persons authorized to charge copying to cost center numbers and records these transactions.


Circulation Responsibilities (cont.):


  • Shelves books and journals and retrieves items to be shelved from all areas of the library.  Assists in the shelf-reading of the various collections, most notably the book and journal collections.
  • Assists in keeping photocopy machines supplied with paper and toner, clears paper jams, and places service calls as needed.
  • Maintains the journal stacks on a regular basis.
  • Participates in quality improvement projects and contributes to their success on a continuing basis.


Library-wide responsibilities


  • May be required to perform duties in other Library departments such as:  front desk type duties in the METC that include circulating computer and audiovisual software and hardware, assisting patrons in the use of the Voyager online catalog, answering the telephone and filling out material booking forms; basic processing of archival materials in the Archives including inventorying individual archival collections (alphabetizing, identifies record groups, records missing items, etc.) and sorting  and organizing newly accessioned materials, including placing in new folders, re-boxing, and relabeling as needed; or basic clerical functions in other departments.





  • Associates degree or at least two years of college for the level of communication skills needed to interact successfully with the Library’s patrons and staff.
  • A strong commitment to public service in order to serve patrons quickly and efficiently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in order to interact effectively with patrons and co-workers.
  • A basic understanding of how computers work in order to use the Library’s automated system.
  • Careful attention to detail in recording departmental financial transactions.
  • A basic understanding of the National Library of Medicine classification system in order to shelve and retrieve materials.
  • A willingness to change shifts and work nights or weekends as the circulation section scheduling necessitates.
  • A strong commitment to teamwork both within the circulation section and in the Library as a whole.
  • The ability to work conscientiously with minimal supervision.
  • Must be able to push or lift up to 20 lbs. and bend frequently.


Company Highlights:

  • Rush’s 14-story hospital Tower is the cornerstone of the Rush Transformation, and is the symbol of a philosophy-an evolution in the delivery of patient-centered care.
  • Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.
  • Rush University Medical Center is a three time Magnet facility located in Chicago, IL
  • Leading academic medical center, acute care hospital w/ 676 licensed beds.
  • RUMC offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits & the professional advantages of an environment that supports your development & recognizes your achievements.
  • Rush University is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and one of the nation’s top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as graduate programs in allied health, health systems management and biomedical research.


  • As one of the most popular cities in the nation, Chicago is a cultural, historical and diverse city. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago in known for its nearly 200 distinct neighborhoods and its extensive park systems, along with its sports teams, museums and vibrant theater community.


Rush University Medical Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes and encourages all applicants to apply regardless of age, race, sex, religion, color, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital or parental status, ancestry, citizenship status, pregnancy or other reason prohibited by law.