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Student Reference Specialist (UW Tacoma)

Posted 06 April 2017. Closed 12 April, 2017


UW Tacoma Library

Job Title:

Student Reference Specialist

Date Posted:

06 April 2017

Closing Date:

12 April 2017

Number Available:



$15.60 per hour.


  • 15 hours per week increasing to 19.5 in September 2017.
  • Weekdays 9 am - 5 pm, possible Saturday/Sunday shift or evening shift.
  • Schedule is negotiable and likely to include 2-3 days per week with shifts of 4-7 hours.


Working under the general supervision of the Head of Reference Services, UW Tacoma Library Reference Specialists will be primarily responsible for providing one-on-one reference instruction to help library users locate and evaluate information resources.  Other duties may include:

  • Updating or developing subject or class guides
  • Conducting library orientation sessions
  • Assisting librarians with classroom instruction
  • Developing library exhibits
  • Processing gift collections
  • Providing additional assistance to librarians as requested

Required Qualifications:

      • Current enrollment in a UW graduate program and continuing through the 2017-2018 academic year
      • Excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
      • Excellent time management skills and attention to detail
      • Passion for teaching and learning
      • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment
      • Flexibility in a changing environment
      • Ability to learn new technologies quickly

      Desired Qualifications:

        • Enrollment in the UW Information School
        • Experience providing customer/public service support in person or online
        • Experience in one-on-one instruction or classroom teaching
        • Interest in education-centered reference work

          About UW Tacoma:

          This position is located at the UW Tacoma Campus 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 and is easily accessed by public transit.  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 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. Complete the following documents and submit them to the Library student employment online dropbox.
          • Application form
          • Cover Letter
          • Resume

          Note: Cover letter should include descriptions of how this position might relate to your career goals, your interest in specific academic subject areas, and any tutoring/teaching experience you may have had (especially with high school or college students)

          Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.  If you have more questions about the position,  please contact Suzanne Klinger, Head of Reference Services at UW Tacoma Library by email: alaura@uw.edu

          For additional information or questions regarding student job opportunities, or for assistance with the application process, please contact the Employment Services Manager, UW Libraries:
          Erik Dahl