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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

The University Libraries will be participating in an Indirect Cost Study (ICS) to determine how much federally sponsored research is being conducted using library resources. Throughout this next year, we will be handing out paper surveys for two hours once a month in Olin Library. 

Job Duties and Responsibilities

All that will be required for this position is to stand at one of the entrances for two hours, hand out paper surveys, and ask each person their affiliation (undergrad, grad, faculty, staff, non-WashU). Training will be provided at the time of the shift. 

Indirect Cost Study Surveyor Schedule

  • Monday, September 11, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Monday, October 16, 2023, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 2, 2023, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 8:30AM – 10:30AM
  • Wednesday, January 24, 2024, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Monday, February 5, 2024, 9:00AM – 11:00AM
  • Wednesday, March 20, 2024, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
  • Tuesday, April 16, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday, May 31, 2024, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

The 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/Library Space and Building Operations (LSBOM) staff.

The LSBOM Student Assistant helps users understand and follow building usage policies and guidelines and gather relevant building usage data to inform day-to-day operations and decision-making. The Student Assistant performs other LSBOM duties as needed and assigned, including supporting Building Operations & Support Services (BOSS) functions such as processing outgoing Libraries shipments.

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 LSBOM Student Assistant position requires excellent customer service and communication, and basic computing skills including data entry using forms and spreadsheets. Those looking to fulfill this role should demonstrate an ability or willingness to engage and inform peers of building usage policies and guidelines, possess calm assertiveness, strong judgment, critical thinking skills, a high degree of dependability, and orientation to detail are also essential. The position requires prolonged periods of standing/walking while carrying department-assigned radio and other equipment. May also require lifting loads up to 25 pounds.