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IDEAS Help & Information Coordinator, Northeastern University Library (Boston)

Under the supervision of the Information Delivery & Access Services (IDEAS) Department Head, the Help & Information Coordinator provides direct service at the Library’s Help & Information Desk and hires, schedules, trains, and supervises the student employees who work at the Help & Information Desk. They create, develop, and enhance online training guides, document workflows, and assist in the management of the library’s rooms & spaces. They open library services in the morning, and contribute to the circulation, access and privileges, reserves, resource sharing, and collections maintenance operations of the department.

Hours for this position are Monday – Friday 7:30am – 3:30pm, with the possibility of some remote work. 35 hour work week.

The H&I Coordinator is the right role for someone who can provide and model excellent customer service during the morning hours in a dynamic higher education environment. They will have a passion for supervising a culturally diverse student workforce and serving a large  and similarly diverse population of students.

Specific Responsibilities

The Help & Information Coordinator will be responsible for the supervision of approximately 20 student staff working at the Library’s Help & Information Desk, including hiring, scheduling, training, and approving their timesheets weekly.  They will create, develop, and enhance the online training guides, and recommend and implement workflow improvements and efficiencies. They will manage the library’s rooms and spaces, administer borrowing privileges and consortial borrowing cards on behalf of the Boston Library Consortium, oversee the lost & found, maintain the department’s supply inventory, and facilitate key access throughout the building. IDEAS staff must be aware of all library policies and procedures to answer users’ questions, resolve problems, or make referrals to library subject experts as appropriate.  They will demonstrate interest in the profession by staying aware of emerging trends and attending conferences and other meetings as appropriate.

About Northeastern University, the Library & the IDEAS Department

The Information, Delivery & Access Services (IDEAS) department supports Northeastern University by cultivating a welcoming environment that supports teaching, learning, and research. IDEAS staff provide high-quality customer service focused on helping library users navigate and access Northeastern’s physical and digital library resources and services.

The Northeastern University Library supports the mission of the University by working in partnership with the University community to develop and disseminate new scholarship. The Library fosters intellectual and professional growth, enriches the research, teaching, and learning environment, and promotes the effective use of knowledge by managing and delivering information resources and services to library users. 

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Oakland; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern's comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.

Additional Information

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see


We invite people with various skills and levels of expertise to apply to these positions. Candidates who meet some, but not all, of the requirements listed below are also encouraged to apply. We also seek colleagues who are committed to building an inclusive and diverse working environment and who have been and remain underrepresented or marginalized in the field of librarianship - including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ+ people, individuals with disabilities and applicants from lower-income and first-generation library or academic backgrounds.

·       Bachelor’s Degree preferred

·       1-2 years of relevant customer service experience required, library experience preferred

·       Previous supervisory experience strongly preferred

·       Creative, service-oriented problem solver

·       Excellent interpersonal communication skills

·       Must be comfortable working collaboratively with a large and diverse population of Northeastern faculty, staff, and students

·       Must demonstrate the ability to make decisions using sound judgment

·       Must foster and maintain a very high standard of excellent customer service

·       The successful candidate will need to demonstrate knowledge of the library’s extensive collection of electronic and physical resources, its spaces, and services, to assist users in getting started with their research. 

·       IDEAS staff must be culturally competent and skilled at interacting with a large international student population and be comfortable providing accommodations for library users who may have a disability. 

Full/Part Time

Full Time



Salary Range

$25.00 - $28.50  / hour

Closing Date

How to Apply

Apply for the IDEAS Help & Information Coordinator via Northeastern University Careers


2022-11-04 |  Quick link to this job