Head of Mansueto Circulation & ASRS Operations - University of Chicago

Under the direction of the Head of Collection Management & Circulation, the Head of Mansueto Circulation & ASRS Operations is responsible for planning and supervising circulation and Automated Storage & Retrieval System operations at the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, which includes lending of materials from circulating collections and Interlibrary Loan, as well as ensuring the successful daily operation of the ASRS, including storage, retrieval, auditing, and removal of materials in the ASRS. Responsible for interpreting and enforcing Library policies to maintain a scholarly environment throughout the Joe and Rika Mansueto Library. Provides and promotes excellent customer service to Library patrons across all areas of responsibility. Provides leadership and oversight of a busy service point with extensive operating hours in one of the most heavily used libraries on campus.


  • Supervises 2 FTE circulation supervisors and 1.5 FTE union clerical circulation staff, up to 6.0 FTE circulation student assistants.
  • Oversees hiring, training, and scheduling of circulation staff.
  • Approves or oversees the approval of staff time records.
  • Ensures appropriate staff coverage of the circulation desk during all hours of operation.
  • In the absence of a supervisor on duty, addresses emergencies that prevent staff from covering their shifts.
  • Establishes work priorities, performance goals, and standards for staff; provides regular coaching and annual performance evaluations.
  • Oversees, distributes, and monitors the work of staff and ensures routine tasks are completed in a timely manner, including the circulation and renewal of circulating materials, retrieval and scanning of materials for document delivery services, as well as the storage, retrieval, auditing, and removal of items from the ASRS.
  • Oversees staff in their daily use of various work-related systems as they relate to the unit (including circulation and ASR systems), provides initial troubleshooting of problems, and reports issues to appropriate staff.
  • Provides a fair and balanced approach to work and work rules; exhibits sensitivity and discretion in working with staff.
  • Ensures a departmental climate that offers Library clients efficient, accurate, and courteous service.
  • Communicates goals for Department/Division/Library to staff; communicates policies and departmental guidelines, plans and procedures to staff.
  • Oversees, trains, and coaches all staff to ensure consistent, excellent customer service in person, via telephone, and via email.
  • Supervises staff responses to patron inquiries and appeals concerning overdue items, fines, and related issues, including patrons reported to collections agencies. Explains and interprets circulation policies to patrons. Resolves the most difficult problems or refers them to other staff as appropriate.
  • Interprets and enforces Library policies for maintaining a scholarly environment, particularly within Mansueto. Provides initial response to inquiries or reports of problems with building or security, including routine maintenance requests and building emergencies, when on duty. Contacts other staff, campus police, etc. as appropriate.
  • Provides tours of Mansueto, including demonstrations of the robotic crane system to tour groups and visitors approved by the Library.
  • Documents and updates departmental procedures.
  • Attends Library staff meetings as appropriate, including monthly Staff Meeting and Access Committee Meeting.
  • Under the direction of the Head of Collection Management and Circulation, works to shape circulation and building policies and ensure consistent practices and policies across the Library.
  • In consultation with the Head of Collection Management and Circulation, recommends new services, systems, or workflows to benefit Library users and promote efficient service.
  • Works with the Head of Collection Management and Circulation, Library systems staff, and others as appropriate to evaluate, choose, implement, configure, and test systems related to circulation and entry control.
  • Collaborates with other Library units, in particular with Document Delivery, Collection Management, Regenstein Circulation, Reference, Library Facilities, and the ID & Privileges Office to ensure superior service to library patrons.
  • Compiles regular and special statistical reports; reviews operations and makes recommendations for improvements in service to patrons and working conditions for staff; estimates needs in terms of staff, equipment, etc., and provides justification. Conducts special studies as required; sets up and exercises quality and quantity controls for the section.
  • Consults with the Head of Collection Management and Circulation, analyzes use data to identify trends and makes recommendations for improvements in service, staffing levels, and service hours.
  • Engages with the Head of Collection Management and Circulation, sets achievable and measurable goals for the department and staff. Ensures that goals are achieved within agreed upon timelines.
  • Writes an annual report summarizing the work of the unit.
  • Performs related duties as assigned or necessary to insure maximum service to patrons and efficient operations of the department.
  • Assesses and resolves problems and complaints.
  • Maintains guidelines, policies, and procedures for the unit. Manages unit communications, which includes the unit's web site.
  • Evaluates services and the effectiveness of policies and makes recommendations for service improvement.
  • Performs other related work as needed.

Minimum Qualifications


Minimum requirements include a college or university degree in related field.

Work Experience:

Minimum requirements include knowledge and skills developed through 5-7 years of work experience in a related job discipline.

Preferred Qualifications


Bachelor’s degree.


  • Previous customer service experience in a high-volume library or related setting.
  • Minimum one year of successful supervisory experience.
  • Working knowledge of library procedures.
  • Supervisory experience in a library setting.
  • Experience in a higher education environment.

Technical Skills or Knowledge:

  • Knowledge of workstation applications, including Microsoft Office, email, and the internet.
  • Learn a range of position-related software applications.
  • Background working with Automated Storage and Retrieval Systems or related equipment and software.
  • Understanding and working knowledge of library management systems (e.g., Alma, Voyager, etc.).
  • Proficient with scheduling software (e.g., When2Work, LibStaffer, etc.).
  • Working knowledge with customer service ticketing systems.

Preferred Competencies

  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills (utilizing appropriate resources to resolve issues).
  • Strong customer service skills.
  • Build high preforming team and drive team member engagement.
  • Communicate effectively and with influence, both in writing and orally.
  • Utilize emotional intelligence to interact with users and staff professionally, respectfully, and empathetically.
  • Supervise and manage team members.
  • Coordinate the work of others.
  • Exercise sound judgment.
  • Attention to detail, accuracy, and organizational skills.

Working Conditions

  • Bend, crouch, or stoop.
  • Carry or lift loads up to 49 lbs.
  • Climb a six-foot ladder.
  • Sit for 4 hours or more.
  • Use computers extensively for 4 hours or more.
  • Visually focus on print material and computer screens for long periods of time.

Application Documents

  • Resume/CV (required)
  • Cover Letter (required)
  • References Contact Information (3)(required)

When applying, the document(s) MUST be uploaded via the My Experience page, in the section titled Application Documents of the application.

To Apply

To apply for this position, external candidates must submit their profile and any other required materials through https://uchicago.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/External. Internal candidates must apply by logging into Workday using their CNet ID and password; for more information, please see How to Apply for a UChicago Job (Current Employee) QRG. Resumes sent via mail, fax, or email will not be considered. For more information, please see https://www.uchicago.edu/jobs/.

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Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should contact University Shared Services via the Applicant Inquiry Form or 773-702-5800.

Phone: 773-702-8755
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Room 210
The Joseph Regenstein Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago IL, 60637

Phone: 773-702-8755
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday

Room 210
The Joseph Regenstein Library
1100 East 57th Street
Chicago IL, 60637

About the Department

As a center of intense intellectual inquiry, the University of Chicago Library aspires to be the most dynamic research and learning environment in the world, supporting the University’s commitment to research and teaching and to using its intellectual resources to help solve the world’s problems. Even as we continue to focus on building and preserving our renowned collections, the Library is assuming new roles that are vital to research, innovation, and learning at the University. In the process, we are leveraging the deep expertise of Library staff, developing services that support new avenues of research, and expanding access to and preservation of scholarly resources in ways that advance the goals of the University community and the needs of the next generation of scholars.

Requisition Number: JR11706
Division / Dept. / Unit: Collections & Access /Access Services/Mansueto
Reports to: Head of Collection Management & Circulation
Work Schedule: Schedule set upon successful hire; 37.5 hours/week