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Weekend Access Services Associate, Amherst College (Amherst)

Amherst College invites applications for the Weekend Access Services Associate position. The Weekend Access Services Associate is a part-time (20 hours per week), academic-year position, starting at $21.78 per hour. Given Amherst’s distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community.

Oversees the weekend evening operations of the Robert Frost Library, including full responsibility for the library during some periods. Supervises weekend Access Services student assistants, who are performing a wide array of tasks. Supports print and electronic reserve services during peak times. Participates fully as a member of the Access Services department and serves regularly scheduled hours at the front desk. Maintains a Thursday-Saturday work schedule (Thursday 10-5 pm, Friday-Saturday 3-11 pm) and serves as student supervisor on duty on Friday and Saturday evenings. Adjusted schedule during academic break and exam periods.

Summary of Responsibilities:

Student Training and Supervision

- On Friday and Saturday evenings, serves as student supervisor on duty, ensuring consistent desk staffing
- Adjusts schedule during academic break and exam periods
- Assists in training student assistants, ensuring that they understand and carry out library policies and procedures
- Shares monitoring of and responding to messages in the Access Supervisors email account

Scheduled hours at the Frost Front Desk

- Provides services and assistance to library users, including charging/discharging materials, maintaining borrower accounts, explaining policies and procedures, answering questions and referring patrons to other departments within the library or on campus as appropriate
- Maintains working knowledge of library policies and procedures. Engages in departmental discussions about best practices and policy changes
- Supports student desk attendants in resolving customer service issues in a user-focused, equitable way

Supports reserves operations during peak times

- Processes print reserve material, adding items to course lists, adjusting online records, and labeling physical items
- Performs link checking to ensure quality control for eReserves

Stack and Equipment Maintenance

- Participates in ensuring shelving accuracy by newly trained stack maintenance students
- Maintains stock of circulating equipment, ensuring functionality and adequate supply
- Arranges access to thesis lockers, communicating with borrowers and desk staff, changing locks annually, and coordinating renewals
- Organizes charging and finishing stations, maintaining signage, ensuring supplies and hardware functionality

Patron Record Management

- Expires patrons from monthly staff departure lists, following up on checked out library material
- Updates unaffiliated patrons

Amherst College offers many opportunities for professional growth and development, continued learning, and career advancement.



- Associate’s degree, or 3-5 years of experience in lieu of a degree
- Demonstrated exceptional customer service, including creative problem-solving and a commitment to equitable access
- Demonstrated close attention to detail and organizational skills
- Proficient computer skills and demonstrated ability to learn and apply new technologies into existing operations
- Ability to work closely and problem-solve with colleagues from all library departments, students, faculty, and staff
- Ability to independently manage multiple priorities and tasks
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Demonstrated commitment to effectively supporting a broadly diverse and intentionally inclusive community


- Bachelor's degree
- Experience working in an academic or research library

Full/Part Time

Part Time




$21.78  / hour

Closing Date

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2024-07-10 |  Quick link to this job