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Foster Business Library Graduate Reference & Instruction Specialist

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Posted 31 July, 2015. Closes 8 September, 2015. Bachelor's degree required.


Foster Business Library

Job Title:

Graduate Reference & Instruction Specialist

Date Posted:

31 July, 2015

Closing Date:

8 September, 2015

Number Available:



$11.60 per hour


Up to 19.5 hours per week

Weekdays negotiable; Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm and some University Holidays


The Reference & Instruction Specialist provides information and research help service in the Foster Business Library. Duties include:

  • staffing information desk Sunday afternoons and University holidays
  • participates in the Libraries’ chat and email reference services
  • under the direction of librarians, provides library instruction sessions to students in business courses
  • assists supervisors in coordinating reference and instruction services and projects, including creating online research guides and video tutorials
  • completes or contributes to other projects as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • B.A./B.S. degree
  • Current enrollment in a graduate degree program at the University of Washington
  • Successful completion of one or more courses in library reference service, comparable work experience in library reference service, or comparable work experience in information provision; OR experience in providing library instruction, successful completion of one or more courses relating to instruction, or comparable experience in teaching or training
  • Strong public service orientation
  • Must be available to work weekends and some University holidays
  • Familiarity and comfort with searching electronic and print reference sources, and ability to perform advanced web searching
  • Evidence of excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to juggle projects, set priorities, and work with minimal supervision

Desired Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in one of the graduate programs in the UW Information School
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in working with a diverse user population Experience in providing direct public service in a library setting, especially at reference, information, or circulation service points

Application Process:

  1. Complete a UW Libraries student job application form. To ensure compatibility and consideration, complete the application form using Adobe Reader (some programs, including versions of Mac Preview, are not fully compatible with PDF forms).
  2. Submit the following materials by uploading them to the Library student employment online dropbox:
    • Application form
    • Cover letter
    • Resume
    • Names and contact information for 3 references

    Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

    For additional information or questions regarding student job opportunities, or for assistance with the application process, please contact the Student Employment Coordinator, UW Libraries:
    Erik Dahl