Located in the historic community of Walla Walla
, Whitman's beautiful
tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually dynamic, diverse,
and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty and 1,500
students. With an endowment exceeding $700 million, fiercely loyal
alumni, exceptional students, and accomplished faculty and staff,
Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for
academic excellence ranking as one of the top liberal arts colleges
in the country.
is building a diverse
academic community and especially encourages applications from
women, members of historically underrepresented minority groups,
persons with disabilities, and others who would bring additional
dimensions to the college's learning environment. Whitman College
is an EEO employer.
The Circulation Supervisor is accountable for supervising access
and reader services during the evening, early morning and weekend
hours of operation. These include circulation, print and electronic
reserves, stacks maintenance, interlibrary loan and consortial
borrowing and lending services. Supervises student workers and
ensures the security of the Library, including opening and closing
- Supervises access and reader services during evening, early
morning and weekend hours when Penrose Library is open to the
public. Directs patrons to specific librarians or staff members as
- Assists the Access Services Manager as needed.
- Processes reserve materials, performs stack maintenance
activities, and provides other Circulation Department services as
- Supports all interlibrary loan and resource sharing processes
including verifying citation data, initiating requests from
appropriate institutions, and document delivery.
- Participates in hiring, training, and evaluation of student
employees. Supervises student employees during evening, early
morning and weekend hours ensuring that the Circulation Desk is
adequately staffed and performs the duties of the student workers
in their absence.
- Exercises independent judgment in regards to library patron
accounts as needed.
- Maintains order/quiet study atmosphere in Penrose Library
during the evening, early morning and weekend hours that the
Library is open to public.
- Ensures security of the building, working with Campus Security
personnel as appropriate. Opens and/or closes the Library as
required on their shift. Arranges for emergency maintenance and
- Walks through the library throughout the shift, making notes of
general library condition and usage; gathers and maintains building
- Assists patrons in use of the printers, copiers, and other
- Collects fines, bills and monies tendered.
- Assures that stacks are maintained in good order with books
neatly and accurately shelved and supervises shelf reading.
- Provides referral services as directed by the Head of
Instructional and Research Services.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Individuals must be able to explain and demonstrate that they
possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform safely the
essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable
- Relates positively, cooperatively, and efficiently to Whitman
students, faculty and staff during evening, early morning and
weekend hours of operation. Strong oral and written communication
skills necessary to diplomatically relate to other campus
departments, individuals, and outside constituencies. Must be able
to deal with problems while maintaining friendly and cooperative
- Must be able to work independently, but recognize when problems
should be referred to Access Services Manager or other appropriate
Library and/or College staff.
- Must possess the ability to quickly and appropriately evaluate
and handle unforeseen problems and circumstances which may occur in
- Ability to effectively plan and supervise work of others;
independent judgment, resourceful decision making and
problem-solving skills are mandatory.
- Ensures security of the building during shift, working with
Campus Security personnel as appropriate; maintains confidentiality
of library patron files.
- Ability to positively and actively contribute to the College's
core values of diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Possesses computer skills including standard office
applications, and has the ability to learn specialized library
- Possesses the ability to use and troubleshoot general office
equipment including printers, telephones, photocopy, and fax
machines and is able to demonstrate their use to others.
- Has a demonstrated understanding of library organization,
practices and procedures and the ability to understand and
accurately interpret Library and College policies.
- Possesses basic skills in using a library, general
understanding of library resources and knowledge of the research
process. May assist faculty and students in locating library
materials. Refers questions as appropriate.
- Has the ability to lift and move boxes, books and supplies
weighing up to 30 (thirty) pounds; ability to operate book and hand
trucks loaded with more than 50 (fifty) pounds); ability to lift
objects above the shoulders or over the head, climb up and down
ladders or stairs; ability to sit, stand, kneel, squat, or bend for
Must have 2 years of experience exercising independent judgment in
a patron-centered environment.
Supervisory experience highly desirable. A college degree and
experience with library technology preferred.
Application review will begin July 12 and continue until the
position is filled.
For full application instructions and position description,