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Access Services and Instruction Librarian, The College of Saint Rose, Albany, NY


The College of Saint Rose is a dynamic institution of higher education, enrolling over 3,000 students. Located in the City of Albany, the heart of New York State’s Capital Region, the College is an independent, coeducational institution, with dedicated faculty, administrators, and staff, all focused on transforming the lives of our students.   Through a strong liberal education curriculum, and professional programs, Saint Rose serves four-year, transfer and graduate students in undergraduate, graduate degree and advanced certificate programs in four academic schools: Arts and Humanities; Business; Education; and Mathematics and Sciences. 

Founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, the College is proud of its mission of service to the urban community.  As an institution that values inclusion, we seek to attract and employ individuals who reflect the cultural diversity found within our student body, and across the nation and globe.

In 2020, the College proudly celebrated its Centennial. Our students, alumni and employees treasure the century of impact Saint Rose has made on the world.  Consider becoming an employee who believes in the promise the next 100 years holds for this special institution.

Situated in the center of campus, the Neil Hellman Library provides over 160,000 print volumes, 121,000 e-books, over 100 databases, and four floors of student accessible space; group work, private study, and silent study modes are all supported.  The Neil Hellman Library has 60 computers (both Mac and PC) distributed throughout the building as well as 25 laptops available to circulate within the building.  The Neil Hellman Library has the equivalent of 12 FTE staff (including 4 librarians), while the Patricia Standish Curriculum Library has the equivalent of 2.5 FTE.

Job Description:

The Access Services and Instruction Librarian oversees all library circulation operations at the Neil Hellman Library, including course reserves, and helps improve students’ information literacy skills through bibliographic instruction sessions and online instructional/research aids. This position will work with colleagues as part of the research services team and coordinator of student outreach initiatives.  As a full-time, tenure track faculty member, in addition to what is listed below, responsibilities also include advising, attending internal and external events, serving on Library and College committees, and engaging in professional development.


  • Access Services

           -Supervise and serve as a resource for the Circulation Coordinator.

           -Establish and implement standards, policies, and practices for Access Services including circulation rules and loan periods.

           -Manage the circulation and course reserves modules of the integrated library system (Voyager).

           -Work with appropriate campus departments and the systems librarian to maintain and update patron circulation records.

           -Manage accurate shelving and inventories of library collections.

           -Oversee course reserves and promote the course reserves program to faculty.  

           -Maintain current knowledge of best practices and evolving trends in matters pertaining to Access Services, such as copyright, privacy, labor standards, library technology, and customer service.

           -Assist library assessment efforts by evaluating departmental services.

           -Cover the circulation desk as needed. 

  • Instruction

           -Deliver effective library instruction in a variety of formats, both in person and online (synchronous and asynchronous), to meet the needs of a diverse student body.

           -Work closely with the Head of Library Instruction and Research Services to grow an information literacy program informed by best practices that promotes student success and retention.

           -Create and maintain subject-specific web pages using LibGuides.

  • Coordinate the outreach team and provide programming to encourage student engagement with the library.
  • Provide research assistance in person at the reference desk as well as via chat, phone, and text during regularly scheduled hours, including evening and weekend shifts on an as needed basis.
  • Offer research help to students through one-on-one appointments.
  • Collaborate with librarian colleagues to infuse principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion into library services, policies, and programming.
  • Assist library assessment efforts by evaluating departmental services and outreach efforts.
  • Serve as a library liaison to faculty departments as assigned by the Director of Library Services.
  • Maintain active membership in professional organizations relevant to the field.
  • Engage in Faculty activities, duties, and obligations.


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library/information sciences program.
  • Experience working in a library required. Experience working in an academic library strongly preferred.
  • Familiarity with best practices, issues, and trends for access services (e.g. user privacy rights, copyright, fair use) and information literacy (e.g. the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy).
  • Proficiency with in person and online instruction, including the design of instructional materials/activities and presentation skills.
  • Ability to support the research and information needs of students and faculty in an academic setting.
  • A commitment to excellent public service, user education, and student success.
  • Experience in a supervisory capacity.   
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively both independently and as part of a team.
  • Familiarity with principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to library services, policies, and programs.
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse population.
  • Experience working with an integrated library system (i.e. Voyager) is preferred.
  • Ability to work some evenings and weekends on an as needed basis.

How to Apply:

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