Library Specialist III Nights
As a member of the Operations and User Services department, the Library Specialist works collaboratively to support all aspects of library services and operations based during nights at the Mary Idema Pew Library, Sunday – Thursday, 4:00pm – 12:30am, and is expected to work occasionally at other locations. Responsibilities include working in our user-centered desk environment, closing the library, and executing emergency and evacuation procedures. Additional responsibilities include supporting events, programs, and other areas of the department as needed.

University Libraries is a highly collaborative and student-centered organization that promotes an innovative and inclusive culture. GVSU Libraries values work-life balance and provides flexibility in accomplishing work. This position is a part of the Operations and User Services department, which is responsible for supporting a set of behind the scenes and public-facing functions virtually and on our Allendale and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses. This is a designated essential staff position in support of library operations: Willingness to work evenings and weekends; flexibility to work a variety of shifts; and significant functional independence are required.

This position will give the selected candidate the opportunity to:
• Work independently and as part of a highly collaborative team
• Gain professional public services experience in a world class academic library environment
• Develop a suite of skills that range from attention to details, design, customer service, emergency preparedness, and more!
As a member of a collaborative department, also supports success by:
• Broad collaboration and engagement in department activities
• Participating in User Experience research initiatives aimed at better understanding and improving user experience
• Participating in the promotion of library services
• Demonstrating a commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility and promotion of an anti-racist environment grounded through a social justice framework
• Demonstrating knowledge of design features and building facts and leading building tours
• Demonstrating flexibility, openness and receptivity to new ideas and approaches
• Demonstrating innovation, creativity, and informed risk-taking
• Assisting with projects as assigned

Discover more about the benefits GVSU offers by visiting, the GVSU Wellness website (, or the GVSU HR site (

Our statement of inclusion:

Apply and learn more about the position by reading the position description for the Library Specialist III - Nights at Application deadline is September 21, 2021. Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. GVSU employees enjoy a comprehensive benefit package, including support for professional development.

The University has recently implemented a COVID-19 Vaccine requirement that will be tied to FDA approval. GVSU will require all faculty, staff and students to be vaccinated by September 30, 2021. New hires will be expected to adhere to the policy unless they are eligible for allowable exemptions or postponement. Up-to-date information can be found on our Lakers Together website.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we intend to leverage phone and/or virtual meeting formats to conduct all interviews.

Questions? Feel free to contact Stacey Burns, search committee chair via email [email protected], or telephone 616-331-3295.

• High school graduate
• Minimum of three years of related experience and/or relevant training
• Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills, and interpersonal skills that contribute to a positive culture
• Awareness of inclusion, equity, and accessibility needs to provide customer service equitable and welcoming to all
• Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines
• Demonstrated commitment and experience providing user-centered customer service
• Demonstrated proficiency in common office work software applications
• Demonstrated experience working in team environment and independently
• Demonstrated experience to successfully maintain satisfactory work performance and attendance records

• Demonstrated ability to learn specialized hardware and software
• Demonstrated proficiency in document design and design software

Standard Hours for this position:
This is a Sunday – Thursday closing role. Library hours fluctuate throughout the year. It is expected that people in closing roles adjust accordingly. We are committed to working with individuals to minimize the negative impact of changing hours as best we can. Hours are subject to change.

Base Schedule
Fall and Winter Semester:
Sunday-Thursday, 4:00pm-12:30am

Spring and Summer Semester:
Sunday – Thursday, 2:00 -10:30pm

Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
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Contact Information
Jenna Vainner
[email protected]
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr. LIB 430
Allendale, 49401