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Engineering Library - Reference Assistant

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Posted 11 August, 2015. Closes 31 August, 2015. Bachelor's degree required.


Engineering Library

Job Title:

Reference Assistant

Date Posted:

11 August, 2015

Closing Date:

31 August, 2015

Number Available:



$11.60 per hour

Start Date: 16 September.


8-12 hours per week.
Weekdays,  weekday evenings, and weekend afternoons (1-5pm). Evening and weekend hours required.


  • Provide reference service, including assisting library users in locating information resources and services, and providing orientation to and instruction in database and Internet searching.
  • Assist users with patent, trademark, standards, technical reports, and other Engineering and UW Libraries’ collections.
  • Caretaker of reference services during evenings and weekends.
  • Back up Engineering Library circulation staff and student workers when needed, including checking out and renewing material and placing holds.
  • May assist with preparation of library guides and web pages, perform bibliographic searching, and assist with other special projects.
  • Other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications:

    • B.A./B.S. degree
    • Excellent verbal communication skills and a commitment to service
    • Familiarity with computers, searching techniques, and the Internet
    • Ability to provide reference service and work effectively with a diverse group of library users at busy reference desk
    • Inquisitiveness and initiative, including the ability to do and learn on your own
    • Persistence, as well as the capability to think fast on your feet
    • Must be able to work independently
    • Available to work at least three quarters.

    Desired Qualifications:

    • Previous library experience.
    • Science/technology reference coursework.
    • Enrolled as a graduate student in UW Information School MLIS program (1st year students encouraged to apply.)

    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 materials by uploading them to the Library student employment online dropbox:
      • Application form
      • Cover letter
      • 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