Library Assistant II, Access Services


Southeast Missouri State University

Job Summary

Library Assistant II, Access Services
Kent Library
12 month position, 30 hours/week

Benefits Eligible, including Medical Insurance and Paid Time Off
Kent Library's Access Services provides student, faculty, staff and community guest user services.  The Library Assistant works closely with other unit staff to provide excellent user services.  The assistant trains and supervises student employees.  The assistant also shares responsibility for multiple unit activities such as resource sharing, reserves, managing library collections, creating statistical reports and other duties as assigned.

The Library Assistant II ensures safe and secure spaces for users, staff and library collections.  The assistant is responsible for opening, staffing, and closing the building, and for user and staff safety and security during regular and extended hours.  During inclement weather, this unit may be the only presence in the library, providing users physical access to library services, resources and facilities.  The assistant is expected to work the following shifts during Fall and Spring semesters:

  • Two evenings a week, 1:30 pm – 11:00 pm (Monday–Thursday)
  • One afternoon/evening shift a week (2:30pm–8:00pm)
  • Every other weekend (Saturday 11:30am–5:00pm; Sunday 12:30pm–11:00pm)
  • The last two weeks of fall and spring semesters, the assistant works an adjusted schedule and closes the building, possibly as late as 2:00 am
  • During winter intersession, summer, and holidays, the assistant maintains a 30-hour work week, daytime schedule, with some Sunday afternoon hours. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Provide one-on-one information, collection, directional and other assistance to students, faculty, staff and community guests
  • Ensure the safety and security of library users, materials and spaces
  • Train, supervise and evaluate student employees
  • Process, maintain and update reserves, resource sharing and interlibrary loan materials
  • Create, update and maintain security of library user records
  • Share responsibility for collecting, collating and distributing library statistics
  • Assists in library collection maintenance
  • Shares responsibility for determining, implementing and documenting Access Services policies and procedures
  • Assist users and coordinate with the University's Department of Public Safety in emergency situations

Required Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • Demonstrated experience with, and an understanding of, excellent customer service
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Word and Excel
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure in challenging situations
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and as a member of a team
  • Available to work evenings and weekends during the semester, and daytimes during intersession, when class is not in session and summers
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds daily with or without accommodation
  • Demonstrated commitment to a diverse work environment, including working with multicultural populations and an understanding of, and sensitivity to, issues affecting women and minorities

Application Deadline:  To ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by January 20, 2023. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled.

To Apply:  To apply, all of the following items must be submitted online at:

  • Letter of interest addressing all position required qualifications
  • Current resume
  • Names and contact information of three professional references may be asked for at a later date