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OUGL Reference and Instruction Specialist

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Posted 3 November, 2014. Closed 26 November, 2014.


Odegaard Undergraduate Library

Job Title:

Reference and Instruction Specialist

Date Posted:

3 November, 2014

Closing Date:

26 November, 2014

Number Available:



$11.15 per hour


Up to 19.5 hours per week

Start Date:


  • Provide information and research help service in the Odegaard Undergraduate Library (OUGL), including evenings, Sundays, and some university holidays
  • Under the direction of librarians in OUGL, provide library instruction sessions to students in the Expository Writing Program and other lower-division courses
  • Assist supervisors in coordinating reference and instruction services and projects, including scheduling, and creating online research guides and screencast tutorials
  • Participate in the Libraries’ chat and email reference services
  • Complete or contribute to other projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Current enrollment in UW graduate program
  • Successful completion of one or more courses in library reference service, 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
  • Familiarity and comfort with searching print, electronic reference and web reference sources
  • Evidence of excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to juggle projects, set priorities, and work with minimal supervision
  • Must be available to work evenings and/or weekends and some University holidays

Desired Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in one of the graduate programs in the UW Information School
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in working with a diverse user population
  • Experience in providing direct public service in a library setting, especially at reference, information, or circulation service points

Application Process:

  1. Submit the following materials by uploading them to the Library student employment online dropbox:
    • One-page cover letter
    • Current resume
    • Names and contact information for three references
    *Please submit these three components in a single, multi-page document in the order specified (PDF preferred).

    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