Preservation Student Assistant

Posted August 31, 2021. Closes September 19, 2021.


Preservation Services (Suzzallo/Allen Libraries)

Job Title:

Preservation Student Assistant

Date Posted:

August 31, 2021

Closing Date:

September 19, 2021

Number Available:





8 to 19.5 hours per week,  Monday - Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.


    • Prepare new library materials (books and media) for circulation by property stamping and applying call number labels.
    • Create and edit call number labels using the library catalog and specialized software.
    • Route labeled materials to the appropriate library for shelving.
    • Update the location of library materials in the library catalog as they are routed from Preservation to other libraries or units.
    • Load, unload, and move full book carts.
    • Set aside materials needing repair or stabilization before labeling and shelving.
    • Provide basic assistance to library staff regarding procedures and location of materials.
    • Perform cleaning of library materials and shelves/storage areas as needed.
    • Assist with the preparation of materials for commercial binding by providing information from the library catalog.
    • Assist with quality control of newly bound and/or newly digitized materials.
    • Pack/unpack books and journals for shipment to/from commercial bindery and prepare UPS shipments using UPS software.
    • Assist with special projects and other department duties as assigned.

      Required Qualifications:

      • High level of attention to detail with repetitive tasks, following established procedures.
      • Ability to push and steer fully load book carts and ability to lift up to 40 pounds.
      • Strong commitment to serving a diverse group of users and staff.
      • Ability to work independently and follow established procedures.
      • Ability to communicate clearly with supervisors, coworkers and other library staff.
      Other Job Details:
      • No previous library experience needed.
      • On-the-job training provided.
      • Work is performed onsite with strict adherence to UW COVID-19 health and safety protocols.

      Preservation Services' Mission is to care for, and enhance access to, the University of Washington Libraries collections that advance research, teaching, and learning. We manage many programs designed to extend the life of our collections and provide centralized preservation services for library materials in all formats.

      Application Process:

      1. Prepare the following supplemental materials. A single PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred. Please name your file using the following formats: (LastName_FirstName.docx/pdf)
        • Cover Letter
        • Resumé
      2. Activate UW G Suite for your NetID if you have not already done so.
      3. Log in to the Google forms site with your UW NetID account to fill out an application form and upload your resumé.
      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