Access Services Librarian

University of Denver

United States

Application Deadline

Apply By Dec 1st, 2022


$70,000.00 to $72,000.00 per Year   Calculate


Denver, CO


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Minimum Education

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Library Experience

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Supervisory Experience

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Job Description

The University of Denver Libraries, comprised of the Main Library at the Anderson Academic Commons, the Bonfils Stanton Music Library in the Newman Center, and the off-site Hampden Center storage facility, is a highly collaborative, team-based organization that serves a diverse population, ranging from our students, staff, and faculty to public and other academic patrons from around the world and the surrounding region. Opened on March 25, 2013, the Anderson Academic Commons is the campus centerpiece for collaborative, technology-infused teaching, learning, and engagement. The University of Denver Libraries are central to discovery and creative interaction among students and faculty, and provide collections, services, personnel, and systems that support the teaching and research programs of the University. The institution is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. 

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Position Summary

The Access Services Librarian provides leadership and strategic visioning for the University Libraries’ Access Services Department, which manages building access during all operating hours and provides the following services: circulation; resource sharing including interlibrary loan and document delivery; course reserves; and stacks maintenance. The Access Services Department is supported by 12 benefitted staff, including five unit supervisors, and up to 50 student staff. This is a full-time, 12-month faculty librarian position (non-tenure track) with administrative and supervisory responsibilities. The position reports to the currently vacant Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services. Until that position is filled, the Access Services Librarian will report to the Interim Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services.

In this highly collaborative role, the librarian will work with the Access Services Manager, Access Services unit supervisors and staff, and the Associate Dean for Student and Scholar Services to assist with the development and implementation of library strategies, policies, and procedures for the delivery of services, configuration and maintenance of relevant library systems, provision of access to library resources, and maintenance of a welcoming environment for all patrons in support of the mission and goals of the library and university. The person in this position is expected to research trends in library access services and recommend new approaches to patron services and offerings in coordination with other public service librarians and building service partners.

The Access Services Librarian coordinates service changes and policy updates with the managers of other campus libraries (Bonfils-Stanton Music Library, Westminster Law Library, Iliff School of Theology Ira J. Taylor Library) and represents the University of Denver Libraries in various resource sharing consortia (Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Greater Western Library Alliance, etc.). As the Lending Desk serves as the main contact point for visitors to the Anderson Academic Commons, the person in this position also assists the Libraries’ Dean’s Office in monitoring building usage, setting building hours, alerting the appropriate authorities to any safety concerns, and helping with emergency procedures.

As a member of the University Libraries Faculty, the Access Services Librarian will work in accord with the promotion guidelines and actively engage in scholarly activities through research and publication and participate in professional organizations, as well as library and campus committees. Funding and support will be provided to engage professionally at the regional and national level.

Essential Functions

The Access Services Librarian position has responsibilities that fall into four broad areas: leadership and visioning for the Access Department; project management and policy development and implementation; high-level configuration of information technology systems used in the provision of access services; and service and research as a library faculty member.

  • Directly supervise the Access Services Manager and assist in coordinating the activities of five unit managers in Circulation, Reserves, Interlibrary Loan, Stacks Maintenance, and the Late Night Unit in collaboration with the Access Services Manager.
  • Oversee the support, training, and staff development for the application of information technologies in the access units. This responsibility also includes configuration of appropriate sections of the Libraries’ Library Management System (ExLibris’Alma), interlibrary loan software (ILLiad), course reserves software (ExLibris’ Leganto), and relevant areas of the library website.
  • Lead project management related to access services, technologies, and space planning.
  • Manage and implement access services policies, including lending, document delivery across DU library facilities and via interlibrary lending, course-related content, and copyright issues.
  • Coordinate service changes and policy updates with the managers of other campus libraries (Bonfils-Stanton Music Library, Westminster Law Library, Iliff School of Theology Ira J. Taylor Library).
  • Collect and analyze monthly and annual collection content and financial statistics for external organizations, such as ACRL, from the integrated library system.
  • Represent the University of Denver Libraries in various resource sharing consortia (Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Greater Western Library Alliance, etc.).
  • Serve in a leadership role as facilitator for Access department meetings and serve on appropriate library and university committees.
  • Must be flexible and willing to assist with staffing Access service points as needed.
  • Work in accord with library faculty promotion guidelines and engage in scholarly activities through research and publication.
  • Participate in national and regional professional organizations.
  • Intentionally integrate diversity and inclusiveness into all aspects of the library.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of core access services functional areas: circulation, document delivery, interlibrary loan, stacks maintenance, and course reserves.
  • General familiarity with current trends in library access services, copyright guidelines relating to ILL and course reserves, and accessibility standards and the ability to apply new ideas to improve services for patrons.
  • Strong customer service orientation and the ability to communicate effectively with a diverse group of individuals.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably, both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to use knowledge, experience, awareness, and skills to advance the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to engage effectively with a broad spectrum of culturally diverse groups.
  • Ability to work independently, effectively, and confidentially, using tact and excellent judgment.
  • Analytical skills for decision making.
  • Ability to organize work and set priorities and effectively plan and delegate the work of others.
  • Ability to actively engage in the library organization, including leadership and participation in teams, task forces, and committees, working professionally in support of colleagues, willingly stepping into other roles when needed, and sharing responsibility as a faculty member in the library's mission, goals, programs, and plans.
  • Commitment to engaging in professional development and scholarly activities through research, publication, and service to national and regional professional organizations.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science or international equivalent (must be completed by the time of hire).
  • Two years of professional experience working in public services in a library.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated knowledge of emerging trends in Access services
  • Experience managing and supervising staff and/or students
  • Knowledge of or experience with integrated library systems
  • Experience working in an academic library

Working Environment

The work environment is an academic library with cyclical periods of increased workloads. The Libraries are highly automated with attention paid to ergonomics and safety. The division functions collaboratively and cooperatively in a team-based organization.

Physical Activities

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position. Must be able to sustain extended periods of time at a computer terminal. 

Work Schedule

Flexible, generally Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Application Deadline

For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) December 1, 2022.

Special Instructions

Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:

The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:

The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $72,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.


The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Diversity Statement (1 page)

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

The University of Denver recognizes that its success in being a great university dedicated to the public good depends greatly on how well it engages, supports, and champions the values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. As part of our intentionality in recruiting and retaining faculty from a wide variety of historically excluded intersecting identities, including those from communities of color, with diverse gender and sexual identities, first-generation college graduates, or with disabilities, new faculty will have the opportunity to choose to participate in a University-wide initiative. This initiative will connect new colleagues in a cohort, building community across units with supportive programming led by the Office of the Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs in collaboration with the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and each faculty participant’s academic unit. To learn more about the University of Denver’s commitments and work in support of DEI and J, please visit: For more information about this program or if you have any questions, please email and/or visit

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Posted Nov 4, 2022