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Learning Commons Assistant

Juniata College
Huntingdon, PA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job Title:

Learning Commons Assistant

Posting Number:


Pay Rate:

Starting at $17.23/hr

Position Type:

Support Staff

Key Responsibilities :

Juniata College invites applicants for the full-time position of Learning Commons Assistant. The Learning Commons Assistant efficiently manages the day-to-day operations of the Statton Learning Commons with an emphasis on ensuring a quality service for learning commons partners and patrons.

- Regulates access to the Statton Learning Commons, ensures the building is secure and that departmental opening and closing routines are followed.
- Plans, organizes, maintains and manages the processes and operations of circulation, interlibrary loan, equipment checkout, course reserves, and facilities use and maintenance.
- Maintains supplies for Statton Learning Commons staff.
- Performs essential bookkeeping functions for purchasing and communication with vendors to ensure ethical use of operating and restricted/endowed budgets.
- Processes requests from librarians that support collection acquisitions, maintenance, withdrawal, record updates, and other projects.
- Collaborates with other departments to provide information on available resources, programs and/or services available at the Learning Commons.
- Collaborates on event coordination, including room reservations and catering needs.
- Monitor library systems and library- email accounts throughout the day; promptly complete associated tasks or appropriately refer inquiries to other individuals or departments.
- Uses internal web forms, resource sharing management systems, integrated library systems, shared cloud storage, and specialized equipment to process requests from patrons and other libraries.
- Utilize usage statistics and user feedback to evaluate the effectiveness and usage patterns of electronic resources, informing decision-making on renewals, subscriptions, and cancellations.
- Develops, recommends and administers policies, procedures and processes in support of service desk operations in collaboration with the Statton Learning Commons team.
- Provides basic library, learning commons, and College information and appropriately refers patrons to research librarians; interprets and enforces library policies in both routine and difficult situations, and refers patrons to other library staff when necessary.
- Participates in long-range planning for the Statton Learning Commons
- Performs additional duties and assists with special projects as assigned.

Juniata College is committed to cultivating an equity-minded and equity-engaged campus culture, one that is inclusive and supportive of its students, faculty, and staff. We believe that all members of the College community share the responsibility to engage, sustain, and leverage an interconnected learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and a sense of belonging is explicit. Juniata’s strategic mission promotes diversity in every expression, and amplifies the College’s commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and access. We aim to evolve into a more global, equitable and ethical community, where all Juniatians live a life of inclusive belonging needed for becoming leaders who value and embrace human interconnectedness and dignity. Juniata invites and welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.AA/EOE

Position Qualifications:

• Knowledge and capabilities normally acquired through completion of a high school diploma is required.
• 3-5 years’ experience in a professional office setting, with strong skills in customer service, project planning and management, PC-based office software (including advanced Microsoft, Excel, PowerPoint, and Publisher).
• Budget planning and tracking, effective handling of confidential information and an ability to handle multiple tasks in support of multiple staff in a timely and professional manner are also important.
• Ability to take initiative, work both independently and collaboratively, handle multiple tasks, set priorities, and complete tasks in a timely manner.
• Excellent organizational, problem-solving, time management, and communication skills.
• Friendly demeanor with excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact in an empathetic and positive manner.
• Ability to quickly learn and apply knowledge to improve procedures and processes.

Supervision Required/Given:

The Learning Commons Assistant reports directly to the
Director of the Statton Learning Commons.

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:



Working at Juniata College 

Juniata College's mission is to provide an engaging personalized educational experience empowering our students to develop the skills, knowledge and values that lead to a fulfilling life of service and ethical leadership in the global community.

Founded in 1876, Juniata is a national liberal arts college located in the scenic Allegheny Mountain region of central Pennsylvania and is the intellectual home for 1,600 students and nearly 14,000 alumni. The College ranks highly in the percentage of graduates that eventually earn doctoral degrees. Juniata integrates international, intercultural and global dimensions into its curriculum and experiential learning opportunities and was awarded the 2012 Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Juniata is known for the personal attention it gives to students and flexible areas of study (its Program of Emphasis resembles a major but is more flexible, encouraging students to design a program of study and justify their choices. About a third of Juniata students self-design their entire POE.) Each student is assigned two faculty advisers, and the average student-faculty ratio is 13:1.

Juniata is a very strong community where student involvement is paramount. There are no fraternities or sororities. The student clubs and organizations (over 90 currently) have a positive impact on the Juniata community and on the larger community of Huntingdon and the surrounding area.

Juniata College takes positive steps to enhance diversity in both its community and its curriculum. The College commits to this policy not because of legal obligations but because it fully believes that such practices are basic to human dignity. AA/EEO

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