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Appointment Type: Staff Full-time
Department: Schaffer Library
Categories: Staff
Position Grade: LS4

Work Days: Tuesday - Saturday
Shift Start/End Time: 9:00am - 5:30pm, Tuesday - Friday; 10:00am - 6:30pm, Saturday
Hours Per Week: 37
Weeks Per Year:52

Basic Purpose
Plans, develops, implements, manages and assesses shelving operations. Hires, trains and supervises student assistants to shelve and shift collections. Conducts space planning and project management related to Schaffer Library print, microform, periodical and special collections. Monitors library and warehouse facilities and reports issues. Recommends actions to supervisor concerning budget, staffing, equipment, supplies and vendor services. Plans and organizes all collection moves from Schaffer Library to off-site storage. Collaborates with library managers on cross-departmental initiatives and workflow. Oversees shelving, tracing missing items, shelf reading, shifting, update range finders, identifies superseded volumes and assesses library signage needs. Manages withdrawals, new spine labels, departmental statistics and reports, and book repair. Manages the Circulation Desk including training and monitoring student assistants, when needed. Provides direct public service at the Circulation Desk, including policy interpretation and explanation, complaint resolution, problem solving, and other core duties, when needed. Provides preliminary research assistance to students which includes answering basic reference questions, making referrals for more complex research inquires and performing database searches for scholarly sources


  • Bachelor's Degree required
  • 1 year academic library experience including customer service and supervisory experience
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience will also be considered.
  • Strong analytical skills and proficient in excel or other spreadsheet program.
  • Project Management experience preferred
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Organized, detailed oriented and able to prioritize 
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks
  • Self-motivated and can work independently
  • Available to work Tuesday-Saturday schedule
  • Must be flexible and able to adapt to fluctuations in the academic calendar or work schedule
  • Must be safety conscious and able to work with a diverse group of individuals.

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, criminal history background check and pre-employment physical where applicable.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth-oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Union College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous 11% retirement plan contribution and tuition remission.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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