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Foster Business Library Reference Specialist

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Posted 10 March, 2014. Closed 7 April, 2014.


Foster Business Library

Job Title:

Reference Specialist

Date Posted:

10 March, 2014

Closing Date:

7 April, 2014

Number Available:



$11.15 per hour


15-18  hours per week

Schedule to be arranged: weekdays until 6:00pm and Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm. May include University holidays.


The Reference Specialist works independently and sometimes with another librarian, primarily at a consolidated Information Desk providing both reference and circulation services. Duties include:

  • Providing business reference service in person, via phone, email and chat
  • Providing instruction in the use of a wide variety of electronic and print resources available at the library
  • Other duties as assigned, including preparation of online library guides, support of library outreach efforts and other special projects

Required Qualifications:

  • B.A./B.S. degree
  • Demonstrated strong public service orientation, excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Familiarity with searching print and electronic reference sources, and able to perform advanced web searching
  • Must be able to work approximately 15-18 hours per week

Desired Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in a UW Information School graduate program
  • Completion of course work in library reference, business, or comparable work experience

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

    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