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Digital Projects & Reference Specialist (UW Tacoma)

Posted 1 August, 2015. Filled 3 September 2015

UW Tacoma

Job Title:

Digital Projects & Reference Specialist

Date Posted:

1 August, 2015

Closing Date:

3 September 2015

Number Available:


Start Date: 16 September, 2015


$11.60 per hour


  • Up to 19.5 hours per week
  • Weekdays between 9 am - 5 pm
  • Schedule is negotiable and likely to include 2-3 days per week with shifts of 4-6 hours


Working jointly under the general supervision of Head, Media and Visual Resource and Head, Reference Services, this position will assist with digital projects and work on the Reference Desk. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Processing, preparing, and tracking media for streaming course reserves
  • Digitizing documents, images, and audio visual materials for collections in UW Tacoma Digital Commons and the UW Libraries Digital Collections
  • Preparing and/or updating basic metadata for digital collections
  • Developing and maintaining research profiles for UW Tacoma faculty, including lists of publications
  • Providing one-on-one reference instruction to help library users locate and evaluate information resources

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Excellent time management skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Capacity to quickly learn and adapt to new and emerging technologies
  • Passion for teaching and learning

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with creating and preparing multimedia (images, audio and/or video) for the web
  • Coursework and/or experience in media production
  • Experience with Mac OS X, QuickTime, Photoshop, Audacity, and other multimedia technology and software
  • Interest in local and regional history and/or Tacoma's ethnic communities

Other Details:

This position is located at the UW Tacoma and is open to students enrolled in a graduate degree program with the UW. UW Tacoma is located in the heart of Tacoma's downtown waterfront historic district. The Library and its services support undergraduate and graduate students in all phases of research.

For more information about the campus and the library, please visit http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/ and http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/library.

Application Process:

  1. Complete a UW Libraries Application form. To ensure compatibility and consideration, complete the application from using Adobe Reader (some programs, including versions of Mac Preview, are not fully compatible with PDF forms).
  2. Submit all items below by uploading them to the Library Student Employment online dropbox:
    • Application form
    • Cover Letter: include descriptions of how this position might relate to your career goals, your interest in specific academic subject areas, and any work you've done with digital or multimedia technologies. When speaking to your qualifications, please provide as much evidence as possible as to how your experience meets the criteria for this position.
    • 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