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D’Angelo Law Library Senior Acquisitions Assistant

This position is represented by the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

About the Department

The D'Angelo Law Library contributes to the academic and scholarly success of the University of Chicago and Law School communities by providing rich collections and resources, maintaining a premier scholarly environment, and delivering superior library services. D'Angelo’s collections are among the world's finest for law research and enable comprehensive access to legal scholarship and interdisciplinary resources. D'Angelo occupies five floors in the central tower of the Law School's Laird Bell Quadrangle and is a valued partner in the Law School's community of scholarship, teaching, and learning. The D'Angelo Law Library is part of the University of Chicago Library system, working cooperatively with other campus libraries to ensure rapid access to print and digital collections, research and study spaces, and expansive services. D'Angelo team members foster and maintain a collaborative, inclusive, and supportive workplace culture to provide the highest level of service to the prolific and evolving University of Chicago Law School and University communities.

Position: D’Angelo Law Library Senior Acquisitions Assistant
Organization: University of Chicago Library
Location: Chicago,  IL 
United States
Salary: $18.61 - $27.24 hourly
Posting Start Date:
Date Posted: 2/20/2023

Job Information?

Job Summary:

Under the direction of Associate Director for Collection Services, and following departmental guidelines, the Senior Law Acquisitions Assistant is responsible for the timely acquisition of materials in all formats and languages for the D’Angelo Law Library. Applies specialized technical and bibliographic skills and/or subject knowledge to provide access to the collections. Assists with the acquisition and maintenance of electronic resources. Performs duties of Library Assistant and Library Clerk positions. Performs work in accordance with Library standards and procedures.


  • Conducts pre-order searches to determine library holdings, and searches various bibliographic sources to verify bibliographic information, availability, and pricing. 
  • Prepares, distributes and monitors orders for materials in all languages and formats; including rush materials needed for course reserve and faculty requests. Uses vendor databases to facilitate the ordering process where available. 
  • Creates online full order and processing records; maintains and updates records in FOLIO; ensures that quality records are captured from OCLC and other bibliographic utilities as early as possible. 
  • Orders obscure and out-of-print material as needed. 
  • Checks received materials against order records and invoices. 
  • Processes invoices for monographs.
  • Performs claims and cancellations. 
  • Reviews and processes not individually ordered materials (NISORI) and other titles, e.g., title changes and new editions, that arrive on standing order.
  • Resolves acquisition problems with vendors and publishers.
  • Consults with bibliographers to resolve problems.
  • In consultation with supervisor, monitors vendor performance, pricing fluctuations, and monographic fund accounts. 
  • Maintains files and statistics related to acquisitions.
  • Provides backup assistance for opening and distributing D’Angelo Law Library mail and packages.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Must show initiative, accuracy, thoroughness, and the ability to work independently and efficiently.
  • Must possess excellent organizational, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills; and ability to adapt to a changing technical environment and assignments.

Additional Requirements??

Education, Experience, and Certifications:


  • H.S. Diploma required.
  • College degree preferred.


  • Experience working with bibliographic data files, or an equivalent combination of position-related education and experience required.
  • Considerable knowledge of legal publications is strongly preferred.

Technical Knowledge or Skills:

  • Experience with word processing and spreadsheet applications are highly desirable.
  • Good reading knowledge of at least one Western European language is preferred.

Working Conditions and Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to use computers extensively for 4 hours or more.
  • Ability to push/pull loaded book carts.

Pay Range:

  • $18.61 - $27.24 hourly

Required Documents:

  • Resume/CV

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

To Apply

To apply for this position, external candidates must submit their profile and any other required materials through https://uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External/job/Chicago-IL/D-Angelo-Law-Library-Senior-Acquisitions-Assistant_JR20635. Internal candidates must apply by logging into Workday using their CNet ID and password; for more information, please see How to Apply for a UChicago Job (Current Employee) QRG.

Employees must comply with the University’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements. More information about the requirements can be found on the University of Chicago Vaccination GoForward.

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination.

Staff Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5800 or submit a request via Applicant Inquiry Form.

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages a diversity of perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange.

All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. A conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Rather, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis and assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.

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Status: This listing expires on: 4/21/2023
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