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Access Services Librarian, Harvard University / Harvard Library

Access Services supports the Harvard Library mission by delivering a high standard of service; cultivating a welcoming environment that is supportive of academic research and inquiry; stewarding the university collection; and connecting the academic community to the vast array of library resources. We support the teaching and scholarly mission of the University through collaborative partnerships with the community of students, scholars and professionals at Harvard and beyond. 

Reporting to the Associate Director of Access Services for Faculty of Arts & Sciences (FAS) Libraries, the Access Services Librarian leads a team of Access Services staff at the Tozzer Anthropology Library and the Harvard-Yenching Library to provide access to Harvard Library and its collections. In addition, the Access Services Librarian assists the Associate Director of Access Services for FAS Libraries and a fellow Access Services Librarians in coordinating daily operations and maintaining services across the FAS library system. The Access Services Librarian performs a variety of managerial and operational duties requiring substantial knowledge of library systems and procedures to provide access to collections, process library materials, and assist patrons in identifying, gaining access to, and using of library resources. This highly visible position operates in a busy environment and involves actively assisting users and monitoring multiple library functions. The schedule of this position is 12PM-8PM Monday and Tuesday and 9AM-5PM Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Duties and Responsibilities: 
Management and Leadership: Direct and supervise the daily Access Services operations of the Tozzer and Harvard-Yenching Libraries; lead day-­to-­day activities for a group of 5.5 FTE (full­ time employees); manage public service, circulation, re-shelving, and resource sharing activities, setting high patron service standards and solving complex and time­-sensitive problems; responsible for ensuring that unit meets operational expectations, including hours of operation and service standards; plan and prioritize daily workflows; assign tasks and projects to team members; approve reported time and paid time off requests for staff; communicate departmental goals, policies, procedures, and best practices in staff meetings and through written documents; collect and monitor information about library usage, workflows, and processes; develop, document, and refine procedures and workflows; coordinate activities with other Access Services units, work collaboratively with colleagues to achieve common goals; offer input into hiring staff, manage performance evaluations of team staff 

Circulation: Oversee the Access Services work areas; oversee tasks associated with the automated circulation system (charge/discharge and renew materials, create holds and recalls, change item statuses); communicate and enforce library policies; assist patrons with the use of the HOLLIS catalog and the library system to manage patron account information; process item requests; manage requests for off­-site Depository materials; process incoming Harvard Depository materials and transfers from other libraries; support security measures; supervise student workers.

Reference & Information Services:
Supports and reference services by identifying, answering and reporting questions at the Tozzer Library, in person, by telephone, by e-mail, online, or by other means.  Assists users in locating library resources, recommending databases, or software (e.g., Anthropological Literature), refers patrons to prepared guides and web sites (for example, Finding Full-Text Books Online: An FAQ), and providing referrals to colleagues and resources beyond Tozzer. Provides high-quality customer service to patrons of the Tozzer Library, including anticipating needs and pre-positioning resources (for example, checking to confirm that computers and printers are operational, and notifying the IT liaison when problems arise). Stays apprised of new information, resources, software tools and changes in policies relevant to assisting library patrons. Answers informational and directional questions about the Tozzer and Harvard-Yenching and other Harvard Libraries. Assists in providing access to Tozzer Library Special Collections materials. Maintains an awareness of role of Access Services and its function within the Harvard Library and the University as a whole

Course Reserves: Oversee course reserve operation at the Tozzer and Harvard-Yenching Libraries; organize workflow and distribute work to staff and student workers; process course reserve requests and perform physical processing of reserve materials; supervise student workers processing reserve materials, communicate reserve policies and procedures to students, faculty, and teaching staff 

Library Equipment: Oversee, maintain, troubleshoot, and coordinate service maintenance for public photocopiers and scanners, public computer workstations, public printers, and microform readers; assist patrons in using Crimson Cash and/or local School-­based print accounts

Student Workers: Hire, supervise, train, adjust schedules, and assign tasks to student workers; oversee performance of daily tasks; address coverage gaps; approves reported time for student workers

Stacks Maintenance & Re-shelving: Oversee re-shelving and stacks maintenance; monitor and maintain collection stacks in proper order and oversee arrangement of items on shelves; supervise and assign tasks to student workers charged with re-shelving and stacks maintenance projects; participates in collection management projects

Resource Sharing: Support resource sharing activities, including processing Scan & Deliver, Borrow Direct, Interlibrary Loan workflows, and overseeing student workers; help troubleshoot workflow or equipment problems

Physical Facility: Monitor building; maintain awareness of physical condition, use of space, etc.; identify and resolve/report problems as appropriate; conduct periodic building walk-throughs and clear building at closing time; assists users with disabilities in accessing library materials

Fines & Billing: Oversee the provision to patrons of basic information regarding overdue fines owed and refers patrons to the library billing office as appropriate.

Other: Resolve high-­level problems for users through the exercise of sound judgment and the interpretation of established guidelines; develops and implements procedures and workflows, initiates improvements; collect and record information about library usage, workflows, and processes and create reports; effectively communicate with library patrons and colleagues in person, by telephone, and through email and other electronic media; work cooperatively with other library departments on projects and to coordinate routine workflows; participate in committees and working groups; support Access Services activities in other units; other tasks and duties as assigned. 

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EEO Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.


Basic Qualifications

Masters of Library Science or equivalent education or work experience required

Minimum of three years of academic library experience and strong public service orientation required
Three or more years’ supervisory experience with demonstrated commitment to mentoring, training, and staff development. 

Additional Qualifications

Ability to successfully deliver excellent customer service and prioritize service needs in a busy, dynamic public service environment required
Academic background in anthropology, archaeology, or related field strongly preferred
Facility with standard office software (Microsoft Word and Excel, email, calendaring applications, etc.) required 

Excellent oral and written communication skills required
Academic library experience is strongly preferred 

Experience with an online library catalog and management system (particularly Ex Libris’s Aleph or Alma systems) and familiarity with electronic academic library resources preferred
Bibliographic facility in western European languages preferred 

Sensitivity to working in a diverse user environment 

Ability to solve problems effectively and exercise discerning judgment 

Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and work productively in a team environment 

Ability to perform repetitive work tasks with overall accuracy, effectiveness, and attention to detail 

Adaptable, able to flexibly adjust to changing workplace needs. Please note that this an all-hands-on deck environment, so flexibility regarding the range of daily activities is critical.
This position involves regularly lifting and moving loads weighing up to 50 pounds; must be able to push heavy library book trucks

This position requires bending, squatting, stretching, and climbing small step stools when needed to retrieve books and shelve them 

Full/Part Time

Full Time




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2018-02-16 |  Quick link to this job