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Library Access Services Assistant

Hamilton College
Clinton, NY

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Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Services
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Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Library Access Services Assistant

Clinton, NY
Open Date:
Jul 27, 2021

This onsite position is a key member of the team responsible for overall operation of the Library Circulation Desk, providing access to library materials and information about the services, facilities and policies of Hamilton College’s Library and Information Technology Services (LITS). Academic year shifts will include weekends and evenings up to midnight; academic break and summer hours will be daytimes, Monday-Friday. Schedule flexibility and backup within the team is expected. The position contributes to the staffing and completion of projects and tasks for Circulation, Reserves, Interlibrary Loan, and Shipping/Receiving. Directs the work of student assistants. Reports to Access Services Librarian.


  • Assists patrons in locating and accessing materials and utilizing library services.
    • Oversees circulation of materials internally and externally.
    • Collaborates with faculty in meeting their needs for service.
    • Maintains library collections, electronic/print reserves, and equipment.
    • Directs work of student workers.
  • Monitors library operations
    • During assigned shifts is responsible for the operation of the Library Circulation Desk.
    • Confers with appropriate parties in making, changing and implementing library policies and procedures; interprets and enforces these policies.
    • Observes and notifies supervisor of any safety, security, or other issues; implements sound judgment in resolving issues when a supervisor is not present.
  • Other
    • Directs patrons to appropriate LITS staff as requested. Assists with basic service desk (non-Circulation) questions, referring as appropriate.
    • Actively participates in supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Hamilton community.
    • May specialize or have an emphasis in additional tasks, such as Interlibrary Lending and Borrowing, or coordination of student workers. (Executing these tasks at higher levels will put this position at Senior Access Services Assistant.)
    • Other duties as assigned.

  • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
  • Library experience preferred.
  • Equivalent combinations of education and experience will be considered.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated commitment in working effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds.
  • Critical thinking and complex problem solving skills.
  • Service orientation; demonstrated exemplary manner in dealing with the public.
  • Basic computer skills and willingness to learn new computer systems and programs as needed.
  • Ability to work independently and set priorities for own work and that of others.
  • Cognitive flexibility, adaptability, and enthusiasm for ongoing professional growth.
  • Ability to clearly and effectively communicate orally and in writing; ability to collaborate.
  • Focus and attention to detail; excellent time management.

Application Instructions:

Please submit cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references. In your cover letter, please describe your experiences with diversity and inclusion and your potential to support Hamilton's commitment to the same. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Working at Hamilton College 

Hamilton College is one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges. It is independent, highly selective, coeducational and residential. Originally founded in 1793 as the Hamilton-Oneida Academy and chartered in 1812 as the third oldest college in New York State, Hamilton is today composed of 1,850 students from nearly all 50 states and 50 countries. It is distinguished by a faculty of 190 men and women dedicated to teaching and scholarship, by rigorous academic programs, by an emphasis on teaching students to write well and speak persuasively, and by a commitment to diversity in its broadest sense. The College, with an endowment nearing $1 billion (October 2017), is need-blind in admission and has invested more than $265 million in new and renovated facilities in the past dozen years.  

Hamilton is located on a wooded 1,350-acre hilltop campus overlooking the New England-style Village of Clinton, New York, in close proximity to the Adirondack Park, where hiking, skiing, fishing, boating and snowmobiling abound. The campus is within a 4-5 hour drive of New York, Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia, and there is a rich variety of cultural opportunities on campus and in nearby Utica (10 minutes), Syracuse (45 minutes) and Cooperstown (55 minutes).

As a national leader for teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves, Hamilton produces graduates who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to make their voices heard on issues of importance to their communities and the world. Additional information about Hamilton can be found at

Hamilton College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity employer committed to attracting diverse and interesting people to its community.

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