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Reference and Instruction Assistant (Odegaard)

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Posted 7 August, 2015. Priority application date: 31 August, 2015. Bachelor's degree required. Closed 15 September, 2015.


Odegaard Undergraduate Library

Job Title:

Reference and Instruction Assistant

Date Posted:

7 August, 2015

Closing Date:

Apply by 1 September, 2015 for priority consideration

Closed 15 September, 2015

Number Available:



$11.60 per hour


Up to 19.5 hours per week

Start Date: 21 September, 2015


  • Provides information and research help service in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library. Hours include evenings, Sundays, and some University holidays.
  • Under the direction of librarians in Odegaard, provides library instruction sessions to students in the Expository Writing Program and other lower-division courses.
  • Assists supervisors in coordinating reference and instruction services and projects, including scheduling instruction sessions and creating online research guides and screencast tutorials.
  • Participates in the Libraries’ chat and email reference services.
  • Complete or contributes to other projects or Libraries committees and teams as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree.
    • Current enrollment in a graduate 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 evenings and/or Sundays and some University holidays
    • Familiarity and comfort with searching electronic, print, and web reference sources and online databases.
    • 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. Submit the following items by uploading them to the Library student employment online dropbox:
    • In a single, multi-page document in the order specified (PDF preferred):
      • Cover letter
      • Resume
      • Names and contact information for three 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