Student Worker Job Descriptions
Acquisitions Services: Office environment. Heavy computer use, searching requested titles and authors in Voyager or on vendor websites. Requires high degree of skill and accuracy to prevent duplicate purchases and other budget-related problems. Also lifting and unpacking boxes of books, signing for deliveries. Special projects as assigned using Excel, Word, or the Internet. Hours are within M-F 8-5.
Administration: Office environment. Provide support to the administration offices for the library. Must be competent in computer use, Internet research, and word processing or spreadsheet software. Assists with preparing time sheets and various other tasks as assigned. Hours are within M-F 8-5.
Audio/Visual Services: Public Service area. Deliver, setup, troubleshoot, and operate computer projection systems, video systems, and other audiovisual equipment (some bending and lifting may be required). Provide customer assistance at the Audiovisual Services Center, Media Library, and Graphics Lab. Must be able to reliably follow detailed instructions and procedures without direct supervision. Basic computer troubleshooting skills and/or familiarity with video editing software preferred. Weekend and night work will be expected. Hours include nights/weekends.
Cataloging Services: Office environment. Involves processing books, CDs, DVDs, videos, etc., that have been cataloged, including applying stamps, security strips, call number labels, plastic covers, and laminated covers, as well as changing status of materials. Some book repair and utilization of in-house binding machine involved. Occasional computer use for OPAC searches and other research. Assist with library displays. Some special projects. Requires attention to detail. Hours are within M-F 8-5.
Circulation Services: Public Service area. Circulation Services student assistants must possess the ability to work effectively and responsibly with library patrons in a public service environment. Students work at the Circulation desk, and in the library stacks. Desk and stack duties include: check library materials out to patrons and process returns, load book trucks, answer the phone, monitor the security system, answer general informational questions about the library, re-shelve items, maintain order in the stacks, conduct electronic inventory, and other duties as assigned. Computer skills are required. Hours will include nights/weekends.
Coffee Bar: Public Service area. Duties include, but are not limited to: brew coffee and prepare other beverages, staff the counter, operate the cash register, clean up. Must be a quick learner and good with people. Hours will include nights/weekends.
Periodicals Services: Public service area. Professional and courteous demeanor required to answer questions, and refer patrons to librarians when necessary. Computer skills required both for assisting patrons and various projects within the department. Knowledge of databases and other library automation systems is especially useful. Required to use and maintain photocopiers, laser printer, pirate card reader, and microfilm copiers. Responsible for cashbox, taking payments, and making change. Some bending and lifting will be required, along with the ability to climb step-ladders. Must be able to work independently. Possible projects include shelf reading and shifting, updating Excel spreadsheets, clerical tasks, weeding/watering library courtyard, and other projects as assigned. Must be able to work independently. Punctuality and regular attendance critical. Hours will include nights/weekends.
Reference/Interlibrary Loan: Public Service area. All duties performed in a highly visible public service area. All students must have a good public service attitude and like working with people in an academic library. They must be hardworking, reliable, have a good eye for details and be comfortable with change and technology. All students must work during finals (half time).
Reference students provide general reference services at the reference desk; answer directional questions and provide some assistance with simple searches during week-end and late evening hours. Reshelve reference materials, do shelf reading and work on special projects as assigned by the librarian. Hours will include nights/weekends.
Interlibrary Loan students assist in the lending and borrowing processes of the department. Students will identify items requested by other libraries, locate and pull items, perform check-in and check-out procedures on both circulation and interlibrary loan software systems and either package items for mailing using multiple delivery methods or scan articles using various transmission software products. Students will also process items returned to our library or received for our patrons. Attention to detail is a must. This position requires heavy computer use with multiple ILL software products and the operation of scanner/fax equipment. Students are expected to be able to work independently once trained. Hours will include nights/weekends
Special Collections: Public Service and Office environment. High level of responsibility and skill as students handle rare and valuable materials. Significant training required in order to create exhibits, process archival collections, and assist with conservation activities. Others tasks include retrieving materials for patrons, shelving, photocopying, scanning, searching, database entry, and indexing manuscript collections. Computer/scanner/web skills desirable. Hours are within 9:30 - 4:30 M-F.
Please note: Opportunities to study while “on the job” vary from department to department.
E-mail completed form to Jean Whewell.
For more information, contact Jean Whewell at extension 1172 or by e-mail.