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Research & Learning Services Specialist -Fine and Performing Arts Libraries

Posted April 27, 2022. Closes May 16, 2022.


Research & Learning Services, Fine and Performing Arts (Music, Art, and Drama Libraries)

Job Title:

Fine and Performing Arts Student Reference Specialist

Date Posted:

April 27, 2022

Closing Date:

May 16, 2022

Number Available:


Start Date: June 21, 2022 or sooner


$17.57 per hour.


up to 19.5 hours per week.


  • Support information literacy instruction and research consultations for Fine Arts liaison areas (music, art, drama, dance, built environments, and cinema and media studies).
  • Participate in Fine Arts reference services (email, and in-person as needed and appropriate)
  • Participate in Libraries chat reference service
  • Support programming and outreach services for Fine Arts liaison areas, including tours, orientations, and exhibits.
  • Create online tutorials on research, resource, and information literacy topics relevant to Fine Arts liaison areas.
  • Create and/or update online research guides.
  • Support collection development activities of Fine Arts librarians.

      Required Qualifications:

      • Bachelor's degree
      • Available through at least Winter 2023.
      • Strong public service orientation.
      • Evidence of excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills.
      • Ability to juggle projects, set priorities, and work with minimal supervision.


      Desired Qualifications:


        • Experience with and/or demonstrated commitment to working with diverse users.
        • Enrollment in the MLIS program at the UW Information School (as of April 2022)
        • Interest in exploring academic librarianship.
        • Experience with or interest in public speaking, information literacy, training, or teaching (for example, classroom presentations).
        • Background in the fine or performing arts (degree, coursework, and/or practical experience), and/or interest in working with students and faculty in these areas.
        • Curiosity regarding technology and a willingness to learn new technologies
        Other Details:

        This position reports to the Arts and Humanities Librarian but also works closely with other liaison librarians for music, art, dance, drama, and built environments. We anticipate a blend of both remote and onsite work (UW Seattle campus). Hours and schedule can be flexible, depending on the needs of the successful candidate and the Fine Arts Libraries. Work during University holidays is not required. Projects assigned can be flexible depending on the aptitude and interests of the successful candidate. A typical work week includes a mix of training, project and prep work, and classroom instruction and consultations upon request. The ideal candidate would have a degree of schedule flexibility in order to accommodate this mix. Please indicate your available hours in the application.

        Application Process:

        1. Prepare the following supplemental materials. A single PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred.
          • 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 cover letter, resumé.

        Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview.

        Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.2 requires employees of higher education and healthcare institutions to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious exemption is approved. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination.

        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