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Library Reserves Specialist


Reed College seeks an unflappable and detailed-oriented Library Reserves Specialist. The Library Reserves Specialist collaborates with faculty and staff to provide students with access to a rich array of course readings that are a critical part of the curriculum. Each semester the specialist collects faculty requests to put materials on reserve and leads a team of 2 student workers to fulfill the requests. The reserves specialist is a member of the library’s access services team and reports to the Director of Access Services.

This is a full-time, non-exempt role with starting pay of $22.00/hour. Work hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m, Monday through Friday, with occasional Saturday shifts in rotation with other staff. Reed College offers an exceptional benefits package, including comprehensive medical and dental insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with 10% employer contribution (after one year of service), educational assistance for employees and their children, 22 days of paid vacation, paid holidays, half-day Fridays in the summer, and access to many campus amenities.  

Who you are

  • You always meet your deadlines. It’s a point of pride for you.

  •  You have at least two years of library experience or two years of experience in a related or relevant customer service role.

  • You have exceptional group organization skills and you have had experience in coordinating large numbers of users to complete an activity on time. You are adept at organizing people remotely and in person.

  • You enjoy learning new technologies and making processes more efficient. You have experience with course management systems (e.g. Moodle) and library electronic resources (ebooks and databases). 

  •  You have experience working with demanding customers or partners and it doesn’t get to you. You have been able to establish strong professional relationships even with those who ask a lot of you.
  • You are self-aware. You understand your own culture, identity, biases, prejudices, power, privilege, and stereotypes.  You are personally committed to equity and it shows in your work. 

  • You have experience working with college-age students, and you enjoy working alongside them.

  • You enjoy working with others who have a background and views that are different from you. This isn’t a challenging aspect of work, it’s something you enjoy.

  • Experience leading a team and having direct reports is a plus. 

What you’ll do

  • Each semester, make a call to faculty to gather their requests for which printed or electronic materials to put on reserves. Manage these requests closely.

  • Serve as liaison to all Reed faculty for library resources for use in coursework.

  • Collaborate closely with the Reed bookstore and library staff to obtain new print and electronic resources requested by faculty.

  • Scan articles and book chapters and upload to the server, which integrates with Reed’s course management system.

  •  Evaluate electronic holdings for access and ownership and link electronic resources to e-reserves and syllabi within the course management system.  Collaborate with library staff to resolve electronic access issues.
  • Determine copyright costs for resources which do not fall under educational fair-use standards.

  • Develop best practices and technological solutions to improve the reserves process so that the process runs more efficiently and effectively.

  •  Hire, train, and supervise 2 student workers.
  • Coordinate with Disability and Access Resources (DAR) office to provide materials for students who have accessibility concerns or accommodations.

  • Work the circulation desk as a lead staff member approximately six hours/week.

  •  Work a rotating Saturday supervisor shift twice per semester.

Click below to apply. You will be directed to Interfolio to create a free account and begin your application. A resume and cover letter are required. You can submit these documents in any format, but .pdf works best. In your cover letter please address the following:

  • How would this position contribute to achievement of your long-term professional goals?

  • Which professional accomplishment are you most proud of?

As you apply online, you will be asked to provide an answer to the following:  

  • If you were selected for this position, how would you use your skills and experience to contribute to equity, inclusion and community growth at Reed?

Applications will be considered as soon as they are submitted, so you are encouraged to apply early. Applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled. 

Reed College replies to every candidate. We will confirm that your application is received, and if you are not selected, we will let you know as soon as possible.

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Reed College is committed to building a culturally inclusive community and a work environment that respects and inspires every person. Your unique skills, work history, cultural contributions, and lived experiences are essential to building this community. Members of historically marginalized groups including women, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), those with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ+ community, those who have served in the military, and members of other underrepresented communities are invited to apply.