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Circulation Services Assistant

Sarah Lawrence College
Bronxville, NY
Closing date
Jul 23, 2021
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Job Title:

Circulation Services Assistant

Job Description:

Under the direction of the Access Services Supervisor, the Circulation Services Assistant is responsible primarily for performing circulation operations and customer service for the Access Services Department. The successful applicant for this position should expect to have either a Tuesday-Saturday/Sunday-Thursday schedule during the academic year. This paraprofessional position is ideal for applicants considering or pursuing a career in the library field.

Essential Duties Summary:

Primary duties and responsibilities:• Serves daily shifts at the Information Desk.• Oversees the Circulation Desk and substitutes for student workers as needed.• Responsible for assisting the Access Services Supervisor in the coordination of library student circulation workers and all the associated clerical duties. Tasks include scheduling students, submitting student timesheets, and fielding routine questions from the student circulation staff.• Supports the Access Services Supervisor in hiring, training, and managing the student workers throughout the year.• Serves one weekend day at the Information Desk throughout the academic year; M-F schedule during summers and breaks.• Assists Access Services Supervisor in writing and revising the student worker manuals. • Maintains the orderliness of the circulating collection.• Searches and reports on missing or damaged items; identifies damaged items to be evaluated by librarians for replacement or rebinding. • Collects and evaluates circulation statistics for service and policy evaluation, in consultation with Access Services Supervisor.• Assists in periodic inventory/stack maintenance of all library material; identifies lost materials and areas in need of shifting.• Monitors and responds to Circulation emails.• Monitors and processes fines billing.• Completes other related duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

Required qualifications and skills:· At least 2 years of college· Knowledge and understanding of integrated library systems· Strong public service orientation· Excellent organizational skills· Ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks in a busy academic environment· Ability to interact successfully with colleagues, faculty, students and staff· Ability to bend and stretch to reach materials on very low and very high shelves· Ability to lift a maximum of 25 lbs.· Ability to push full cart of books or other library materials· Fluent in English· Proficiency with computer applications · Excellent written and oral communication skills· Self-motivated· Detail oriented· Flexible

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience managing student workers or scheduling multiple shifts• Familiarity with OCLC Worldshare ILS• 1-2 years academic library work experience• Bachelor’s degree

Position Type:

Full Time

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Sarah Lawrence is a prestigious, residential, coeducational liberal arts college. Founded in 1926 and consistently ranked among the leading liberal arts colleges in the country, Sarah Lawrence is known for its pioneering approach to education, rich history of impassioned intellectual and civic engagement, and vibrant, successful alumni. In close proximity to the unparalleled offerings of New York City, our historic campus is home to an inclusive, intellectually curious, and diverse community.

Talented, creative students choose Sarah Lawrence for the opportunity to take charge of their education. In close collaboration with our dedicated, distinguished faculty, students create a rigorous, personalized course of study, conduct independent research, and connect a wide array of disciplines. They graduate knowing how to apply the knowledge, skills, and critical thinking necessary for life after college.

Sarah Lawrence College occupies 44 wooded acres in Yonkers, NY, near the Village of Bronxville—just north of New York City. A 30-minute train ride from the Bronxville station takes students into Midtown Manhattan.

In addition to our round-table classrooms, Sarah Lawrence has outstanding theatres, art and performance studios, and music spaces; modern science labs; state-of-the-art graphic computing equipment; competitive sports facilities; a 60,000-square-foot visual arts center; and recently renovated dining facilities.

Our students are men and women who share an enthusiasm for intellectual rigor, academic risk taking, creativity in all disciplines, and original and interdisciplinary work. We are particularly committed to having our faculty, administration, and student body reflect the social, racial, and economic diversity that characterizes our society. The College’s 1,377 undergraduate students come from nearly every state and from 53 countries; 84 percent of undergrads live on campus.

At Sarah Lawrence, students spend more time one-on-one with award-winning faculty than do students at any other college in the country.

Working At Sarah Lawrence College

As a Sarah Lawrence employee, you will join a warm, challenging, and diverse community that offers both quality of life advantages and tangible, valuable employee benefits.

When you work at Sarah Lawrence, you:

  • Receive outstanding benefits, such as medical, dental, and vision plans that exceed the standard plans offered by many companies and institutions, and an exceptional retirement plan through TIAA-CREF.
  • Have unparalleled educational opportunities, such as tuition benefits on campus for employees, their spouses, and their children; discounted tuition to the College’s renowned nursery school; and tuition benefit programs for dependent children who attend other colleges.
  • Have continuous opportunities for advancement, as it is College policy to fill vacancies by promotion or transfer whenever possible.
  • Enjoy boundless cultural experiences, including readings, lectures, music, theater, film screenings, dance performances, art exhibitions, and a state-of-the-art library, free to employees. · Have free access to the 48,000-square-foot Campbell Sports Center, with a six-lane pool, modern weight/fitness training center, squash courts, gymnasium, indoor track, outdoor tennis courts, and fitness classes, open to employees seven days per week.
  • Have several on-campus options for meals, plus off-campus discounts at local restaurants and stores.
  • Work in a convenient location close to all major highways, easily accessed from the Metro-North Harlem line, and 35 minutes from mid-town Manhattan.
  • Enjoy free parking on campus, a 10% discount at the college bookstore.
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