This position fills a variety of needs in the Public Access department focusing primarily on the day-to-day operations of Circulation. The Department is responsible for the hiring, scheduling, training and supervision of a large and diverse student workforce. The Assistant is on the front lines of the library, interacting with a variety of constituencies (faculty, staff, students, alums, guests, and the public), applying a complex and evolving set of policies and guidelines, and providing access to an array of materials (books, periodicals, CDs, DVDs, Blu-Rays) and various equipment related to the use of those materials. The Public Access Assistant must be fluent with many systems that enable proper operation of the library; including circulation modules, public catalogs, reserve systems, shelf holds, shelf-check software, remote barcode readers, security alarms, lighting, public address systems, room reservations systems, ConnectNY, and interlibrary loan systems.
Associate's degree or equivalent and a minimum of 3 years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of coursework and experience. The successful candidate will possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, be able to manage several projects simultaneously, and work in an organized manner with emphasis on detail and accuracy. Candidates must display a demonstrated ability for independent work and good judgment in decision making. Computer skills are required, as well as a commitment to flexibility and collaboration in a team environment. Excellent customer service skills are essential. Library experience preferred. Must be able to perform moderately demanding physical work related to book stacks maintenance.
Prior experience supervising students in an academic library Public Services department.
Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates; approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 ...states and 46 countries.
In the universe of selective, private liberal arts colleges, Skidmore's distinctiveness is expressed in the statement that "Creative Thought Matters". This idea reflects not only the historical strength of the College's programs in the fine and performing arts but also the understanding that creativity is required for achievement in any area of human endeavor.
The city of Saratoga Springs is widely recognized as one of America's great communities. It is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, within a three-to-four-hour drive from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of "America's Greatest Main Streets" as well as "one of the best college towns in the nation," Money Magazine says it's one of the nation's top 100 places to live, and Princeton Review describes it as a "perfect college town." It's a community rich in history and tradition. Famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack represent portions of that history. Also, it's a community of arts and culture. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.
The Skidmore College community awaits your arrival, so if you welcome challenges and are interested in making a difference, come join us!