Access Services Librarian

Nov 01, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Company Description:

When Bay Path opened its doors to students in downtown Springfield, MA  in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the student. To start them on the road of success. We still do.

Today, that spirit and philosophy is more important than ever in higher education. At Bay Path, it's not just the number and breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs that defines us-and we have many-but it is our ability to connect the classroom to learning to leadership to experience to career that is at the core of what we do best. We know the work that needs to be done.

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women's College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA and four satellite locations, (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, Concord, Springfield), Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.

We're committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or through our Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish.  Be part of the change.

We invite you to visit our website at where you can learn more about Bay Path University.

Job Description:

  • Position Code:  ASL
  • Job Type:  Full-time
  • Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Schedule: Monday - Friday; occasional evenings and/or weekends
  • Position Location:  Longmeadow, MA

Job Summary:

The Access Services Librarian provides energetic, innovative, and user-focused leadership of Hatch Library circulation, reserves, and interlibrary loan services; trains and supervises the work of library student assistants and part-time staff as assigned; and collaborates with other Hatch librarians in delivering research and instructional services to students and faculty in all Bay Path University programs.

Essential Duties:

  • Oversee daily operation of Hatch circulation desk, reserves, and interlibrary loan (ILL) services to Bay Path faculty, staff, and students at all levels, including administration of BPU procedures and WMS software.
  • Provide information literacy instruction and support, in on-ground and online classroom environments, in collaboration with other Hatch librarians.
  • Perform outreach on behalf of the library, including via social media, to all Bay Path populations.
  • Share research desk coverage with other Hatch librarians, including in-person, phone, and email reference service.
  • Hire, train, schedule, and supervise the work of library student assistants and maintain regular contact with the Financial Aid Office and HR department, who manage BPU's work-study program.
  • Help maintain the Hatch Library web site in collaboration with other librarians.
  • Share collection development responsibilities with other Hatch librarians.
  • Participate in Hatch Library digital initiatives, including archives and institutional repository services, in collaboration with other librarians.
  • Share faculty departmental liaison responsibilities with other Hatch librarians.
  • Maintain current awareness of issues and trends in college access services through professional development resources and activities.
  • Conduct special research projects as needed.
  • Develop professional contacts with counterparts in other local institutions.
  • Supervise other Hatch staff providing access services as assigned.
  • Attend trainings as required.
  • Supervise Hatch Library student assistants and part-time staff as assigned.
  • Perform any other job related duties or tasks as assigned by the University.


  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program.
  • At least three years of related experience in an academic library preferred.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends in access services in academic libraries.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating systems and Microsoft Office applications.
  • Proficiency with social media tools, including facebook, twitter, and instagram.
  • Demonstrated understanding of established information literacy standards for academic libraries, including the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
  • Successful supervisory and leadership experience, with demonstrated commitment to mentoring, training, and staff development.
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated service-oriented attitude.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, subordinates, and students.
  • Ability to perform work independently.
  • Experience with WMS and OCLC interlibrary loan software preferred.
  • Ability to handle confidential information with discretion and in accordance with FERPA regulations.
  • A strong commitment to a culture of diversity, respect and inclusion; demonstrated ability to build working relationships with people having a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences different from ones' own.
  • General knowledge of the University's mission, purpose and goals and the role this position plays in achieving those goals.
  • Ability to follow University policies and procedures.
  • If you operate a University owned, leased or personal vehicle at any time while performing your duties you must follow all policies and procedures outlined in the Operations Manual. You must have a valid driver's license and must successfully pass the online safe Driving Course and driving record check at time of hire and annually thereafter.  Additionally, you must report any driving offense, on or off company time, which causes a loss, suspension, or any other change in your license status. You must report this change within one business day of the offense. You can report this change to the Human Resource Department or your direct supervisor. Failure to do so can lead to disciplinary action, up to and including terminations.


Additional Information:

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.

Application Instructions:

Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter and resume / curriculum vitae, the contact information for four (4) professional, work related references and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy.  Please apply online.  Faxes and emails will not be accepted. 

An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff. 

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