Stacks Specialist

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Emory University Libraries
EUL: Stacks & Science
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Not Applicable
Job Category
Library Services
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor
Campus Location (For Posting) : Location

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The Stacks Specialist works closely with other Stacks Team members to provide the Emory community with accessible and well-maintained print collections at the university’s Woodruff Main Library. Core responsibilities include discharging, ordering, and shelving library materials; shelf-reading and inventorying library collections; and pulling and/or helping patrons locate needed items. This position also assists with daily workflow management and statistics, shifting and transferring materials, end-of-the-semester crunch periods; special projects and related duties, as required.


Provides complex library user services and research assistance to the university and external communities. Provides access to information, resources, and materials by using a specialized knowledge of electronic databases, microcomputer applications, complex reference tools, and/or foreign languages; these may include the Internet, CD-ROMs, and on-line databases. May create bibliographic access to research materials (government documents, manuscripts, and other resources) using a specialized knowledge of national standards, electronic reference sources, and complex reference tools. May provide physical access to materials employing specialized techniques relating to conservation, binding, reproduction, and/or reformatting. May verify bibliographic information on-line and prepare requests for borrowing and lending of library materials through Interlibrary loan or other means. May hire, train and supervise student staff.



  • Retrieving returned items from library book drops
  • Picking up stray library material throughout the library for re-shelving
  • Discharging returned items and routing them to correct location/library
  • Reviewing items for damage and routing to Preservation for repair, as needed
  • Measuring new acquisitions to accurately record collection growth
  • Sorting and ordering new and returned library material by Library of Congress (LC) call number, moving material to be shelved to the appropriate location, and shelving them in their proper place
  • Pulling requested items for delivery via the patron’s chosen fulfillment option (universal delivery)
  • Shelf-reading, including checking call number accuracy, recording and correcting shelving errors, and straightening materials, as needed
  • Assists patrons in locating physical items, helping them obtain in-process item, and fixing basic compact shelving malfunctions, as needed
  • Collaborates with other Stacks Team members to manage daily workflow, team projects and end-of-the-semester crunch periods
  • Supports and provides backup for the work of Senior Stacks Specialists, including assisting with the following activities, as needed.
  • Training follow-up and daily oversight of Stacks student workers.
  • Maintenance of discrete collections, including McNaughton Popular Reading, Current Periodicals, New Books, etc.
  • Collection transfers and quality control processes, including searches for missing and claims-returned items
  • Collection space planning and shifting
  • Related duties, as required.



  • Bachelor's degree in a related field and two years of related work experience, OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • Positions in this classification may require computer skills, proficiency in a foreign language or other special skills.


  • One year of previous library experience


NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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