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Research Commons Student Reference Specialist

Posted July 14, 2021. Closes August 1, 2021.


Suzzallo/Allen Reference

Job Title:

Research Commons Student Reference Specialist

Date Posted:

July 14, 2021

Closing Date:

August 1, 2021

Number Available:



$16.84 per hour


10 - 15 hours/week Weekdays. Exact work schedule is flexible and will be arranged upon employment.

Start Date: September 15, 2021


Working under the general supervision of the Head of the Research Commons, the Research Commons Reference Student Specialist will provide citation management tools consulting and instruction. They will also support the Research Commons interdisciplinary events for student researchers (and other programming as needed). They will do some combination of the following duties:

  • Provide citation management support to members of the UW academic community. Support includes reference consultations and the delivery of workshops and webinars.
  • Manage and create content for LibGuides on specific citation management tools.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings.
  • Option to work at the Research Commons help desk and provide UW Libraries chat reference services.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of interdisciplinary research-focused programs.
  • Communicate and promote the Research Commons programs, services, and spaces to campus partners, including UW departments and student groups.
  • Initiate or contribute to other projects as assigned--for example, developing new Research Commons programming, or assessment projects to learn more about Research Commons consultation services.

    Required Qualifications:

    • B.A./B.S. degree.
    • Current enrollment in a graduate program at the University of Washington.
    • Evidence of excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills.
    • Strong interest in collaborative, informal learning spaces. Passion for fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and research support in academic libraries.
    • Ability to juggle projects, set priorities, and work with minimal supervision.
    • Ability to learn new technologies quickly and in a self-directed manner.
    Desired Qualifications:
    • Familiarity with at least one citation management tool (for example, Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote, and/or Refworks).
    • Enrollment in an iSchool graduate program.
    • Experience with and/or demonstrated commitment to working with diverse users.
    • Experience with and/or demonstrated commitment to providing in-person or online reference or instruction.
    • Strong interest in higher education and/or academic librarianship, learning spaces, and/or interdisciplinary research.

    Other Details:

    The UW Libraries Research Commons, located on the ground floor of the Allen Library South, provides a collaborative environment in which students and faculty can come together to share and discuss research, as well as get support for different steps of the research process: searching, writing, publishing and funding. The Research Commons is a place to collaborate and connect with fellow students and faculty on research projects, a place for workshop and presentation opportunities, and a place for members of the UW academic community to discover what their peers and colleagues are researching.

    Since March 2020, the Research Commons has offered a robust suite of virtual events and consultation services to our users. Examples include synchronous Scholars’ Studio events in Zoom, virtual citation tools and graduate funding consultations in Zoom, and an asynchronous citation tools course in Canvas. The Research Commons space will re-open in September 2021 and our team will be working both on-site and remotely during the 2021-22 academic year. Priority will be given to virtual offerings at the beginning of the year and we will be flexible in our planning based on public health conditions and university guidance throughout the year.

    Application Process:

    1. Prepare the following supplemental materials. A single PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred.
      • One-page cover letter that addresses the required and preferred qualifications for this position
      • Resumé
      • Name and contact information for three references
    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 cover letter and 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