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Foster Business Library Research & Instruction Specialist

Posted 1 June 2017. Open until filled.


Foster Business Library

Job Title:

Research & Instruction Specialist

Date Posted:

1 June 2017

Closing Date:

Open until filled

Number Available:



$15.60 per hour


15-18 hours per week

Schedule includes Sundays 1:00-5:00 pm and some University Holidays

Start Date: September 2017


  • Provide information and research help service in the Foster Business Library, including staffing the information desk.
  • Collaborate with librarians to provide instruction sessions to students in business courses.
  • Participate in the UW Libraries chat and email reference services.
  • Support Foster Library outreach and communication endeavors.
  • Complete or contribute to other projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Current enrollment in a graduate degree program at the University of Washington
  • Evidence of excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
  • Interest or experience in reference, instruction, and outreach
  • Strong public service orientation and customer service ethic
  • Familiarity and comfort with searching electronic and print reference sources, and ability to perform advanced web searching
  • Ability to juggle projects, set priorities, and work with minimal supervision
  • Must be available to work weekends and some University holidays

Desired Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in the MLIS program at 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
Other Job Details:

The Foster Business Library supports the information and research needs of students, faculty and staff in the Foster School of Business and business researchers across the university. This position offers graduate students a unique opportunity to supplement their education with practical subject expertise that is highly transferable to future opportunities. The successful candidate will have the benefit of working alongside three dynamic and experienced librarians who will provide guidance and mentorship in preparation for your career after graduate school. No previous business subject expertise is necessary!

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