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Public Services Assistant - Special Collections

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Posted 22 April, 2015. Closed 30 April, 2015.



Special Collections (Suzzallo/Allen Libraries)

Job Title:

Public Services Assistant

Date Posted:

22 April, 2015

Closing Date:

30 April, 2015

Number Available:

1 +


$11.00 per hour

Start Date: Immediately


10-15 hours per week

Monday and Friday afternoons until 5:00 pm plus other hours to be arranged; no weekends


    • Retrieves and shelves books, manuscripts, maps, architectural drawings, photographs, and other materials
    • Photocopies library materials for users and staff according to time and delivery requirements
    • Greets and registers users and checks them out of the unit, providing information about library policies, services, and procedures
    • Provides a front line of security and visitor assistance for the Division
    • Other duties include:
      • Cashiering
      • Answering phone lines and directing calls
      • Assisting in the opening and closing of the unit
      • Data entry
      • Other duties as assigned

    Required Qualifications:

      • Must be able to lift 40 pounds regularly and push heavy, loaded carts
      • Able to climb step stools/ladders
      • Able to explain unit procedures both in person and over the phone
      • Willing to work through Summer quarter 2015 and into the 2016 academic year

        Desired Qualifications:

          • Excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills with an aptitude for detailed work
          • Previous work experience: library, office, retail, service position, etc.

            Other Details:

            Special Collections houses materials which are in closed stacks areas. Staff members and student employees retrieve materials for patron use--some manuscript collections are kept in heavy boxes--that is why the student employee must be able to lift 40 lbs. Our goal is to preserve materials for future generations, so collection security and handling is also of the utmost importance.

            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 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