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Reserves Supervisor, Access Services, Amherst College, MA


Amherst College invites applications for the Reserves Supervisor position. Given Amherst’s distinction as one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the country, the successful candidate will demonstrate the ways in which they bring value to and will work towards supporting a broadly diverse community. The Reserves Supervisor is responsible for course reserve services in print and electronic formats across all disciplines. As a working supervisor, processes course reserves in electronic and print format each semester. Collaborates with Interlibrary Loan staff who supervise scanning by student assistants. Participates fully as a member of the Access Services department and serves regularly scheduled hours at the front desk. Supervises1 full-time employee.  Maintains a Tuesday-Saturday 9:30am-5:30pm work schedule.

Summary of Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Reserves Service – Solicit syllabi, create print and electronic reserve records, and coordinate digitization and book processing
  • Management – Supervise 1 staff person, oversee reserve work of branch library staff, develop policy and procedure documentation, support academic library coordinators with copyright compliance
  • Scheduled Hours at the Frost Front Desk – Assist library users, provide backup to student assistants



  • Associate’s degree, or 3-5 years of experience in lieu of degree
  • Experience in an academic or research library setting.
  • Experience searching online bibliographic databases
  • Demonstrated exceptional customer service, including creative problem-solving and a commitment to equitable access
  • Demonstrated close attention to detail
  • Proficiency with MS Office and/or Google Suite and ability to learn new technologies and incorporate them into existing operations
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively. Ability to work closely and problem-solve with colleagues from all library departments and with students, faculty, and staff.
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to effectively supporting a broadly diverse and intentionally inclusive community


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Experience using Zotero or other bibliographic management software
  • Work experience in an academic or research library.
  • Supervisory experience

Amherst College requires all employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 (medical and religious exemptions may apply).

Amherst College is pleased to provide a comprehensive, highly competitive benefits package that meets the needs of staff and faculty and their families. Benefits are an important part of our overall compensation, so it is critical that you review all of the options to ensure it meets your total compensation requirements. Click here for Benefits Information.

How To Apply:

Interested candidates are asked to submit a resume and cover letter online at

Please be sure to upload all requested documents prior to clicking Submit. Applications cannot be revised once submitted.

Review of applications will begin November 10th and continue until the position is filled. 

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