Research Commons Student Specialist

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Priority deadline 19 June, 2013. Posted 24 May 2013. B.A./B.S. required


Suzzallo/Allen Reference

Job Title:

Research Commons StudentSpecialist

Date Posted:

24 May 2013

Closing Date:

Open until filled. Preference given to applications received by 19 June, 2013.

Number Available:



$10.90 per hour.


10-19.5 hours per week.

Schedule to be arranged.


Working under the general supervision of the Research Commons librarian, Research Commons Graduate Students Specialists will be responsible for the design and delivery of research support content, as well as for maintaining Research Commons facilities and online presence. The students selected to become members of our team will provide some combination of the following duties:

  • Assist in the development and coordination of three ongoing interdisciplinary research-focused events in the Research Commons: the Scholars Studio: Research @the Commons series, the Collaborating with Strangers® on Research at UW Workshop series, and a potential Dissertation Writing Boot Camp event.
  • Participate in the development, design and delivery of synchronous and asynchronous webinars and podcasts, and occasional in-person workshops, on research, communication and/or technology - related topics. Coordinate and staff the recording of Research Commons events.
  • Promote and market Research Commons programs and services to graduate students and other stakeholders using traditional communication and social media tools. Actively seek out student organizations and campus units for communicating about the Research Commons program and space. Communicate with Libraries and campus partners regarding Research Commons promotional efforts.
  • Work with the Research Commons Librarian to develop, implement and document multiple assessment efforts in the Research Commons. Compile data and write reports on assessment outcomes.
  • Edit and assist with the redesign of the Research Commons website. Work to identify new and existing research tools for scholarly use and incorporate these into website redesign.
  • Provide oversight for calendar, signage, and space reservations related to Research Commons event programming.
  • Staff the Research Commons Help Desk, providing technology and information assistance to students and faculty in the Research Commons. Provide Help Desk student staff with support and guidance in the delivery of services.
  • Train Libraries staff and Research Commons users on equipment available in the space. Equipment includes large plasma displays, a whiteboard capture system, scanner, projectors, camcorders and microphones.
  • Assist with procuring, scheduling and mounting exhibits and interactive displays in the Research Commons.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings and on related committees and projects with partner units.

Required Qualifications:

  • B.A./B.S. degree required.
  • Experience providing customer service support in person, online and over the telephone.
  • Evidence of excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of time management skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment.
  • Adaptable and flexible in a changing environment.
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly.
  • Passion for fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and sharing research.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with assessment methods.
  • Experience with data analysis and assessment methodologies.
  • Experience using social media for outreach and communication.
  • Experience creating and editing dynamic content on the web, website usability and content management systems.
  • Graphic design skills for print and online media creation.
  • Knowledge of basic audiovisual equipment used for presentations.
  • Experience providing in-person or online instruction.
  • Experience facilitating workshops and fostering collaborative discussion.

Other Details:

The UW Libraries Research Commons, located on the ground floor of the Allen Library South, provides a collaborative environment in which students and faculty can come together to share and discuss research, as well as get support for different steps of the research process: searching, writing, publishing and funding.  The Research Commons is a place to collaborate and connect with fellow students and faculty on research projects, a place for workshop and presentation opportunities, and a place for members of the UW academic community to discover what their peers and colleagues are researching.

We are looking to build a small team of graduate students to help support our interdisciplinary space and program.  Want to be part of interdisciplinary research conversations on campus? Interested in higher education and academic libraries?  Want to help develop a user-centered program of events and support for UW students?  Have ideas for fostering research conversation and collaboration?  Apply to be a Research Commons Graduate Student Specialist!  We are looking for graduate students with exceptional communication skills, time management skills and a passion for fostering research conversation to participate as a member of our team.

For more information about the Research Commons, visit and

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 in the Library student employment online dropbox:
    • Application form
    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Names and contact information for three job or academic 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