Student Employment


Whether you want to get a jump-start on your career or just need extra money for school, you will find a wide range of student employment opportunities in the University Libraries. Our student workers usually tell us that both the experience and the contacts they have made are very helpful when they are looking for full-time employment after graduation.

Open Student Positions

Position Summary: The Student Digitization Assistant is responsible for assisting in the creation of preservation quality digital surrogates for digitized materials from Newman Numismatic Portal’s loaned or stored material to facilitate online access to the collections. Working in coordination with NNP’s library technical assistant, the assistant performs image capturing and post-processing for various digitized materials.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists in image capture, post-processing, including the creation of archival and access level digital assets, carrying out and assisting with other post-processing tasks, such as quality control; following digitization workflows, guidelines, and other documentation related to digitization and project management.
  • Assist with NNP’s historical article database, including finding material through library database searches, transcribing text, installing text and metadata on NNP for access.
  • Performs other duties as assigned, like updating ANB metadata on NNP.

Special Skills: Familiarity with image digitization, photography, and/or the Adobe Creative Suite is desired but not required. Equipment and software training is provided. Applicants must be able to work independently and stay focused on repetitive tasks.

Position Summary: This position assists library staff with the general operations of the Kopolow Business Library, including circulation tasks at the Service Desk, shelving library materials, and completing other duties as assigned.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists with providing general circulation services for library patrons, and with answering basic policy and directional questions
  • Learns the Library of Congress Classification System and shelves books in the proper call number order accurately and efficiently.
  • Assists patrons with basic use of the library catalog and other resources.
  • Assists with the scheduling and use of library spaces and equipment, including restocking printer paper and other copy room supplies.
  • Assists with processing library materials.
  • Assists with other duties and projects as assigned.

Special Skills: Previous library experience and/or business subject area knowledge a plus.

Position Summary: Position provides first-tier, student-to-student building usage monitoring, policy communication, and enforcement in Olin Library, under the direction of and in coordination with supervisors and/or Library Space and Building Operations Management (LSBOM) staff.

This position helps ensure building usage policies and guidelines are understood and followed by users, and that relevant building usage data is gathered to inform day-to-day operations and decision-making. Performs other LSBOM duties as needed and assigned, including supporting Building Operations & Support Services (BOSS) functions such as processing outgoing Libraries shipments.

Priority will be given to applicants able and willing to work weekend and nighttime shifts.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Performs regularly scheduled building walkthroughs, including and not limited to  counting users, first-tier addressing of non-adherence to building usage policies/guidelines, documenting maintenance and cleaning needs, and alerting supervisors/LSBOM staff of the need for back-up, second-tier support.
  • Data entry of headcounts, instances of non-adherence to policies/guidelines, maintenance/cleaning needs, and other data entry as needed.
  • Assists supervisors/LSBOM staff with building opening and closing procedures and emergency evacuation procedures as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned, including supporting BOSS functions as needed.

Special Skills: The position requires excellent customer service and communication, and basic computing skills including data entry using forms and spreadsheets. An ability/willingness to engage and inform peers who are not adhering to building usage policies and guidelines; calm assertiveness; strong judgment and critical thinking skills; a high degree of dependability; and attention to detail are also essential.

This position requires prolonged periods of standing/walking while carrying department-assigned radio and other equipment. May also require lifting loads up to 25 pounds.

Position Summary: Assist with functions and duties of the Music Library’s Circulation/Reserve desk.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Charge & discharge books, scores, & AV materials. Shelve materials when returned. Participate in occasional stacks shifting projects.
  • Answer routine policy and directional questions. Help patrons use online catalog and locate items in stacks.
  • Help patrons use other computerized information resources– Library website other music resources in print and on the web, etc.
  • Help process new materials.

Special Skills:

  • Basic knowledge of music preferred.
  • Comfort with the detailed filing of materials.

Position Summary: The Student Processing Assistant assists with shelf processing and bindery processing of general collections libraries’ materials.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists in the physical processing of materials for use in the library collections, such as barcoding, preparing and applying spine labels, donor gift plates, stamps and security strips.
  • Assists in tracking the work of the preservation lab by logging materials in and out of the lab, checking materials in and out to the appropriate preservation patron, updating catalog item records to reflect work completed on library materials.
  • Assists in the shipment preparation of journals and books for commercial binding and the shipment review of commercially bound journals and books.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Special Skills: Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The ability to work with details in an organized and accurate manner. Excellent time management and data entry skills.

Position Summary: Student assists staff with day-to-day operations in Special Collections, including shelving, pulling materials for patrons, reproduction requests, assistance with basic reference tasks, inventorying, metadata, and book processing.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Supports reference desk responsibilities by assisting patrons in the reading room, answering the phone, assisting patrons with material handling, and scanning patron requests.
  • Assists with pulling and setting up collection materials and re-shelving materials for instruction and patron requests.
  • Assists with special collections processing, including inventorying, sorting, arrangement, description, cataloging, re-housing.

Special Skills: Experience with Microsoft Office (including Word and Excel); knowledge or familiarity with scanning software and Photoshop. Detail-oriented; ability to lift up to 40lbs; ability to work independently, yet willing to take directions. The Assistant is responsible for working independently in secure spaces, following security protocols. Experience handling fragile paper/photographs preferred.