Research & Learning Services Specialist

Posted 1 May 2017. Closes 29 May 2017.


Odegaard Undergraduate Library or Suzzallo & Allen Libraries Reference & Research Services

Job Title:

Research & Learning Services Specialist

Date Posted:

1 May 2017

Closing Date:

29 May 2017 11:45 p.m.

Number Available:



$15.60 per hour.


Up to 19.5 hours per week.

Schedule to be determined, may include evenings, weekends, and some University holidays.


  • Provides information and research help service in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library (OUGL) or the Suzzallo and Allen Libraries, which may include evenings, weekends, and some university holidays.
  • Under the direction of librarians in OUGL and Suzzallo and Allen, provides library research sessions to students in pre-major undergraduate courses, including the Expository Writing Program.
  • Assists supervisors in coordinating research and learning services and projects, including scheduling library workshops and creating online research guides and course-integrated Canvas content.
  • Participates in the Libraries’ chat and email help services.
  • Participates in the Research and Learning Services graduate student learning community; attends all required training sessions and completes training assignments.
  • Under the direction of librarians in OUGL and Suzzallo and Allen, completes or contributes to other projects or Libraries committees and teams as assigned. Special projects may include, but are not limited to:
    • Contributing to programming and outreach support for the University Libraries, including initiatives such as the First Year Interest Groups, Dawg Daze, new student orientations and resource fairs.
    • Contributing to University Libraries data collection and analysis.
    • Creating online tutorials on various research, resource and information literacy topics.
    • Creating and/or updating online research guides.
    • Supporting collection development activities of subject librarians.
    • Marketing and social media support for the University Libraries.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree.
  • Evidence of excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills.
  • Successful completion of one or more courses in library reference and research services, 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.
  • Ability to juggle projects, set priorities, and work with minimal supervision.
  • Availability to work some evenings and/or weekends and some University holidays.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Enrollment in the MLIS program at the UW Information School.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in marketing and outreach and facility with social media as an outreach and marketing tool.
  • Experience with and/or demonstrated commitment to working with diverse users.
  • Experience in providing direct public service in a library setting, especially at reference, information, or circulation service points.
  • Familiarity and comfort with searching electronic, print, and web reference sources and online databases.

Application Process:

  1. Submit the following materials by uploading them to the Library student employment online dropbox. Please submit as a single document in PDF or .docx format
    • One-page 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