Access Services Librarian

Library Services Department

The Cornish College of the Arts Library is looking for an experienced librarian to join the team as the Access Services Librarian. You will be joining a staff that includes the Technical Services Librarian, the Director of Library Services, as well as a staff of work-study Library Assistants. This position works with students, staff and faculty, ensuring they have the resources they need in order to be successful in their creative and scholarly work. This position also works closely within the ILS as well as with the specialized collection that inspires and educates our visual and performing artists.

The ideal candidate is someone who is passionate about supporting students and faculty and is a flexible member of a small team. This position wears several hats, as do all the positions in the library, allowing for the development of a multitude of skills and experiences.

Founded in 1914, Cornish has 9 departments and the library supports all of them with reference, resources, and instruction. Students take classes in Art, Dance, Design, Film, Interior Architecture, Music, Performance Production, Theater, and the Humanities. It is known for its faculty of practicing artists who bring the arts to their students through hands-on work as well as online courses.

The mission of Cornish is to provide students aspiring to become practicing artists with an educational program of the highest possible quality, in an environment that nurtures creativity and intellectual curiosity, while preparing them to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators. Cornish realizes this mission by offering baccalaureate studies in the performing and visual arts and by serving as a focal point in the community for public presentation, artistic criticism, participation and discussion of the arts.

If you are looking for a community that promotes and supports creative engagement, consider Cornish. In addition to a great community, Cornish offers paid medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, time-off and holidays.


Manage the daily operation of circulation, which also includes the direct supervision of student library assistants, class reserves, audio visual equipment coordination and stacks maintenance oversight. Provide reference service and information literacy instruction. Contribute to collection development.


  • Oversees circulation services and maintenance of library collection
  • Coordinates stacks maintenance including collection inventory and shifting
  • Supervises student Library Assistants
  • Participates with other librarians in providing reference service
  • Processes class reserves
  • Maintains audiovisual and media equipment
  • Maintains and compiles statistics for mandatory college, federal, and industry reports
  • Participates with other librarians in planning, designing, and providing information literacy instruction
  • Updates the library website as needed along with other staff
  • Coordinates posting of library hours
  • Contributes to library collection development
  • Provides essential services backup as needed when other library staff are on leave, including ILL (will train)
  • Completes other duties as required or assigned by the Director

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS or MLIS) from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program
  • Undergraduate and/or advanced degree in the arts, humanities, or other creative field
  • Circulation services experience
  • Circulation staff supervisory experience or demonstrated, comparable experience
  • Reference experience
  • Ability to perform database maintenance in a circulation and patron module
  • Demonstrated commitment to antiracist and inclusive information work
  • A strong commitment to excellence in public service and the ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment
  • Demonstrated ability to work with computers in a networked or cloud based environment, including working with integrated library systems, online public access catalogs, Microsoft Office, Google Suite, and standard office equipment
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Evidence of good organizational and time management skills
  • Must pass background check

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience supervising student library assistants, especially in a work-study system
  • Formal visual or performing arts education or extensive knowledge of contemporary and experimental performing and/or visual arts
  • Two (2) years increasingly complex professional library experience 
  • Two (2) years of professional experience working in an academic or arts library
  • Demonstrated broad knowledge of library materials and resources related to the visual and performing arts
  • Experience with Koha ILS
  • Experience with LibGuides
  • Experience working with class reserves
  • Experience with audio visual equipment collections
  • Information literacy instruction experience

Department: Library
Reports To: Director of Library Services
Supervises: Student Library Assistants
Pay Grade: Non-Exempt. $22.58/hour
Work Schedule: Year round, Mon-Fri, Full-time, overlap with work-study assistants during day, some evenings, weekends, on call/as needed

Application Procedures

Please submit the following items to our email,

1) Cover Letter or Letter of Interest

2) Resume or C.V.

3) Cornish Employment Application Form

Cornish commits to demonstrating respect for individual expression and integrity; to promoting the equality of opportunity and rights of all persons within the community and to actively encouraging and maintaining the representation and inclusion of diverse cultures and backgrounds within the student body, faculty, staff and curricula.

We believe that diversity refers to a number of human qualities and characteristics. National origin, race, gender, age, socioeconomic background, religion, sexual orientation and disabilities are characteristics that combine in unique ways, forming the multiple identities we all hold. Those diverse characteristics contribute positively to the environment of Cornish and to an education that accurately reflects and contributes to the complex interplay of art, culture and society.

We hold ourselves responsible to fulfill the mission of Cornish by preparing students “to contribute to society as artists, citizens, and innovators,” and believe that the mission is best served by actively cultivating a positive environment in which to explore and express the diverse perspectives of a pluralistic society.

Cornish College of the Arts is an equal opportunity employer intent on enriching the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Our goal is to create an intercultural learning environment comprised of people with varied experiences and perspectives. We strongly encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups for all open positions.

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