About Massachusetts College of Liberal
At MCLA, we're here for all - and focused on each - of our
students. As a 2023 Top Ten Public Liberal Arts College, classes
are taught by educators who care deeply about teaching, and about
seeing their students thrive on every level of their lives. Nearly
93% of our graduates land competitive jobs or are accepted by some
of the best grad schools in the country. We engage in the most
nationally relevant conversations by hosting some of the most
celebrated thinkers and speakers on our campus in the Berkshires of
Massachusetts, an area known for its mountain ranges, hiking
trails, and panoramic views. Our home town of North Adams is
brimming with creative energy and the regional economy is booming
as a result. In nearly every way possible, the experience at MCLA
is designed to elevate you as an individual, a leader, and a
communicator, fully empowered to make your impression on the
Freel Library at MCLA seeks an engaged and service-oriented
part-time Circulation Assistant who enjoys working with students
and collaborating with others on various projects. This part-time
position provides general library assistance to students, faculty,
and staff during evening and weekend hours, including circulation,
reserves, and basic information services; creates a welcoming
atmosphere for MCLA's diverse community of learners; offers
responsive, high-quality service; helps oversee all evening library
operations and secure the library at closing; periodically walks
through the library to conduct surveys, monitor building
conditions, and assist visitors; shelves books and retrieves holds;
operates library equipment; works on on-going and special projects
such as displays, library events, book repair, shelf reading, and
shifting in collaboration with staff; helps supervise student
library assistants when needed; and provides substitute staffing to
cover staff absences when possible..
- Provides general library assistance to students, faculty, and
staff during evening and weekend hours, including circulation,
reserves, and basic information services.
- Works with library staff to create a welcoming and inclusive
library experience for MCLA's diverse community of learners.
- Interacts with students and other library visitors in a
friendly, professional manner; ensures library service is
responsive to student needs and meets high standards of quality and
consistency; resolves problems according to procedures and
- Collaborates with other staff to determine workflow and make
decisions about security and service; oversees all library
operations and provides general security when serving as sole staff
person in the library.
- Performs closing procedures, secures library equipment, and
locks library doors at closing during assigned evenings.
- Periodically walks through the library to conduct surveys,
monitor building conditions, and assist visitors.
- Assists with on-going and special projects such as displays,
library events, inventory, and book repair; participates in shelf
reading, shifting, and other stacks maintenance activities.
- Works at the Circulation Desk to register users, check items in
and out, maintain circulation and attendance records, answer
telephone inquiries, and complete tasks such as shelving, holds
retrieval, and van delivery processing.
- Operates and troubleshoots library equipment including
printers, scanners, and microfilm readers; assists students and
library visitors with use of the catalog, microfilm reader, and
other library equipment.
- In the absence of Reference Librarians, helps patrons locate
items and perform basic database searches to find information;
refers patrons to the Reference staff for further assistance.
- Maintains knowledge of Freel Library circulation policies and
resources, including the catalog and subscription databases along
with other resources available to MCLA students.
- Helps supervise Student Library Assistants who work evening or
- Helps staff the library during campus closures due to inclement
- Provides substitute staffing for staff absences, when
- Assists with other general library duties as requested by the
Associate Dean of Library Services.
- BA or BS degree from accredited institution of higher learning
- General knowledge of library operations and procedures
- Experience with library circulation software and basic
knowledge of Library of Congress classification system
- Familiarity with current technology and knowledge of Word and
- Ability to work with detail accurately and learn new computer
- Strong interpersonal skills and experience interacting with
library visitors or customers effectively
- Ability to work with a diverse population and help create a
welcoming, inclusive library environment
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work independently and with others in a
- Reliability, flexibility, and commitment to provide excellent
customer service required
- Basic understanding of research principles, database searching,
or experience in academic library a plus
- Work involves constant light to moderate physical activity
including walking and standing for extended periods of time
- Ability to bend, reach, climb stairs, push book trucks, and
lift materials weighing up to 40 lbs. is necessary
- Sufficient vision is essential to read, sort, shelve,
shelf-read library materials, create and maintain patron records,
and use multiple computer programs
- Moderate to extensive computer work required
- This position is scheduled to work approximately 30 weeks per
year during the fall and spring semesters when classes are in
session; this position is not scheduled to work during breaks in
the academic calendar (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break) or
- For Fall 2023, it is anticipated that this position will be
scheduled to work 12 hours per week; exact shifts to be determined,
but they will fall between the hours of 4-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday
and noon-8 p.m. Sunday.
- There will also be opportunities to provide substitute coverage
for staff absences throughout the library's weekly operating
- The library is open on most state holidays (e.g., Indigenous
People's Day; Veterans Day), and this position is expected to work
any regularly scheduled hours on those days.
- The number and timing of hours scheduled for this position may
change in response to the library's staffing needs.
The salary for this position is $15.50/hour.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts strongly encourages employees
to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. The Centers for
Disease Control recommendation is that everyone aged 6 and up
should get 1 updated Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine,
regardless of whether they've received any original COVID-19
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts complies with the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA) to provide reasonable accommodations to
qualified applicants and employees with disabilities. Should you
need to request a reasonable accommodation for the application
process, please email Barbara Chaput, Chief Human Resources
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts is deeply committed to
fostering a community of excellence, equity, diversity, and
inclusion. We provide equal access to educational, co-curricular
and employment opportunities for all applicants, students, and
employees regardless of race, color, religion, national origin,
age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity,
gender expression, genetic information, marital or parental status,
veteran status, or membership in any other legally protected class.
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts does not discriminate on the
basis of sex in any educational program or activity that they
operate, which extends to admission and employment.
Inquiries about Title IX, Equal Opportunity, or ADA/504 and other
non-discrimination policies may be directed to MCLA's Title IX
Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer, to the Assistant
Secretary of the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights,
Title IX Coordinator and Equal Opportunity Officer
375 Church Street, North Adams, MA 01247
Phone: (413) 662-5127
U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights
33 Arch Street, 9th Floor Boston, MA 02119-1424
Telephone: (617) 289-0111; FAX: (617) 289-0150; TDD (877)
Interested individuals must electronically submit a resume and
letter of interest by clicking on the APPLY NOW button below.
Applications will be reviewed immediately and will be accepted
until the position is filled.