Thursday, January 22, 2015

Library Associate, Evening/Weekend Supervisor

We invite candidates to apply for the following position:

Library Associate, Evening and Weekend Supervisor (click link for application web site)
Macalester College, DeWitt Wallace Library

The Library Associate, Evening/Weekend Supervisor takes a lead role for overall library building operations and services during scheduled evening and/or weekend shifts. Provides sole staff supervision of library public service operations including circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, public computing, directional reference and reference referrals, customer safety, and building and collection security.  

Qualifications: • Associate degree required. Bachelor degree preferred. • A minimum of 2 years library (or related campus) experience is required. Academic library experience preferred. • Customer service experience, attention to detail, high level of accuracy, and ability to perform work in timely and accurate manner based on library and community demand. • Ability to assess operations and services on an ongoing basis to provide reports and to develop innovative services and process improvements. • Outstanding organizational, project management, and problem solving skills. Strives for continuous process and service improvement. • Experienced with standard computing applications for productivity and communication. • Experienced with specialized library systems. Ability to adopt, implement and teach new technologies and library systems. • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to work effectively and creatively in a dynamic team environment.  

Responsibilities: • Provide sole staff supervision of library public service operations including circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, public computing, directional reference and reference referrals, customer safety, and building and collection security. • Secondary supervision of ~65 student employees, training them in library policies, systems, equipment and procedures; stressing accuracy and the critical importance of confidentiality of library records. • Provide excellent customer service as the first library staff point of contact for faculty, students and the community on evenings and weekends. • Resolve situations and problems with individual borrowers relating to lost/overdue materials by interpreting library policy and striving for resolution that leads to an improved understanding of community stewardship for library resources. • Ensure the proper and efficient handling of library materials including re-shelving and processing of returned materials. Coordinate shifting needs for entire circulating collection. • Create timely statistical reports relating to use of library collections and services, fulfilling needs of library assessment program and reporting requirements of external constituencies.  

Expected work hours: Two consistent weekday evenings until 1am and rotating weekend shifts. Academic year only in accordance with academic calendar. Summers, college holidays off.

Benefits: Macalester College takes pride in its commitment to providing an exceptional employee benefits package, which includes health, dental, and life insurance, a generous retirement plan, paid time off, an onsite wellness coach, on site athletic facilities, and domestic partner benefits.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the US upon employment start date. Macalester is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from everyone who would add richness to our community, including people of color, individuals with disabilities and women.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

MN Job Posting

South St. Paul Public Library:  Assistant Information Specialist

Description: The South St. Paul Public Library has an opening for a part-time Assistant Information Specialist. Because this is a public service desk position, the ideal candidate will possess:
  • excellent customer service skills
  • a cheerful attitude
  • a curious nature
  • the ability to multitask
  • superior communication skills
  • a love of working with people
Basic knowledge of computers in a Microsoft Office environment is required with the ability to help patrons with general software questions, as well as reference and readers' advisory. The majority of tasks will concern circulation, but other technical and clerical duties may be assigned. This position is for 18 hours per week; hours will be Wednesday 12 pm-6 pm, Thursday 10 am-3 pm, and Friday 11 am-6 pm with one staff meeting a month Wednesday morning. An additional Saturday (10 am-4 pm) a month is also required from Sept. through May.

The South St. Paul Public Library is an independent, city-owned library in the Twin Cities metro area that values creativity, flexibility and initiative in its employees. We are an associate library to the Dakota County Library System. Come join our team!

Qualifications: Some college with library and computer experience preferred, but customer service skills are essential

Contact: For consideration, please email a resume and cover letter to Kathy M. Halgren, Director, at

Job pays: $13.02 per hour initially ($13.02 - $15.50 range)

Starts: February 2015

Apply by: Saturday, January 31, 2015

Monday, December 15, 2014

MN Job Posting

Wilder Foundation Library Assistant

The Wilder Foundation is hiring a full-time Library Assistant. Responsibilities will include cataloging, conducting literature searches, and assisting library customers. We are looking for a current MLIS student or recent graduate, or someone with a minimum of four years of special library experience. The Amherst H. Wilder Foundation is a St. Paul-based nonprofit community organization that helps children, families, and older adults through direct service programs, research, leadership development, and community building. The library is based within Wilder Research, the research arm of the Foundation that works with organizations to study the effectiveness of their services and the trends and issues that affect their work. The library is a three-person team that provides information, knowledge management, and copyediting services to Foundation staff.

For a full description and to apply:

Application deadline is 1/8/15.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Acquisitions/Serials Coordinator at Augsburg College

Augsburg College invites applicants for the position of Acquisitions/Serials Coordinator.  The Coordinator performs the procurement function for library materials in all formats so that students and faculty have access to current relevant library resources.  The Coordinator also manages the library’s serials holdings.

The position begins January 26, 2015.  This position is 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week) with full benefits included.

The ideal candidate will possess the ability to pay attention to details, be accurate, be skillful with numbers, follow established procedures, work independently, solve problems, and multi-task.  The successful candidate will have experience with library and vendor online databases used for ordering and managing library materials and/or experience managing serials.  The candidate should have an understanding of online accounting systems which help manage finances. 

Primary Responsibilities
Orders all library resources:  pre-searches, transmits, receives, and processes invoices of orders.       
Downloads library records from OCLC cataloging database into III acquisitions database.
Enters vendor, cost, and selector information into III database and assigns fund accounts.
Submits invoices to Administrative Accounting Office and monitors, troubleshoots, and balances library account in the College’s computer financial system (Agresso).
Manages serials collection:  cataloging, claiming, filing, and stack maintenance.
Supervises students who assist in acquisitions and serials functions.

About Augsburg College
Augsburg College offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and 9 graduate degrees to approximately 3,600 students of diverse backgrounds. With a student/faculty ratio of 15:1, the college focuses on close personal interaction with faculty and experiential education opportunities on campus and in the community. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church, and shaped by its urban and global settings.  For more information consult the following URL

Among the distinctive features of the college are its deep dedication to civic and community engagement, robust undergraduate research programs, and a strong belief in the integration of liberal arts and professional studies across all programs. The College’s commitment to the local neighborhood and the world is enhanced through the work of four signature centers:  the Christensen Center for Vocation, the Center for Global Education, the Sabo Center for Citizenship and Learning, and the Strommen Center for Meaningful Work.  Augsburg’s commitment to diversity is reflected in the student body: for the past four years, students of color comprised nearly 40 percent of the incoming first-year class. With approximately 1,000 students living on campus, Augsburg engages students in a wide range of co-curricular activities, including NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics. At both undergraduate and graduate levels, students actively engage in international travel and intercultural experiences that broaden their view of the world and deepen their engagement in it.

Augsburg's main campus is located in the vibrant Cedar-Riverside neighborhood of Minneapolis, one of the most diverse areas in the Twin Cities. The University of Minnesota West Bank campus and one of the city’s largest medical complexes are adjacent to Augsburg; the Mississippi River and the Seven Corners Theatre district are just a few blocks away.  In addition to its Minneapolis campus, Augsburg has a vibrant branch campus in Rochester, the fastest growing city in Minnesota and headquarters of the Mayo Health System.  In addition to these locations, Augsburg owns and operates international sites in Mexico, Guatemala, and Namibia.

Application Process
To apply, please submit a resume or CV and a cover letter through our online application. Application deadline is December 22, 2014.

Augsburg is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, marital status, gender identity, race, age, disability, religion, national origin, color or any other protected class. Successful candidates will have demonstrated abilities working in an academic community committed to intentional diversity. Candidates are thus encouraged to highlight skills and experiences that demonstrate these competencies.

Required Experience

  • Associates degree in Library Information Technology or BA/BS required.
  • One year of related experience required.
  • Strong communication skills required: speaking, writing, and listening.
  • Required computer skills:  Excel, Word.
  • Required skills/abilities:  attention to detail, accuracy, skill with numbers, following established procedures, working independently, problem-solving, multi-tasking.
  • Experience/knowledge of OCLC preferred.
  • Familiarity with library catalogs and basic searching (III or other catalog vendor) preferred.
  • Familiarity with publishers and their ordering processes preferred.
  • Familiarity with serials management preferred.

For additional information and to apply, please go to