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Special Collections - Public Services Student Assistant

Posted March 6, 2019. Closes March 25. 2018 11:45 p.m.


Special Collections (Suzzallo/Allen Libraries)

Job Title:

Public Services Assistant

Date Posted:

March 6, 2018

Closing Date:

March 25, 2018 11:45 p.m.

Number Available:



$15.45 per hour


10-15 hours per week

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings and/or afternoons


    Public Services Assistants greet and register researchers and check them out of the unit, providing general information about library policies, services, and procedures. They also provide a front line of security and visitor assistance for Special Collections, and work closely with reference staff to assist visitors with the handling of research materials. Regular duties include: 
    • retrieving and shelving books, manuscript boxes, maps, architectural drawings, photographs, and other materials;
    • photocopying/scanning library materials for users and staff according to time and delivery requirements;
    • answering phone lines and directing calls;
    • assisting in the opening and closing of the unit;
    • data entry and other duties/projects as assigned.

    Required Qualifications:

      • Able to lift 40 pounds regularly, climb step stools/ladders, and push heavy carts
      • Willing to work at least three academic quarters
      • Comfortable with offering assistance to library visitors and able to explain sometimes complex procedures both in person and over the phone

        Desired Qualifications:

          • Positive attitude and a team work approach.
          • Maintain a high degree of personal responsibility and accountability.
          • Punctuality is a must.
          • Excellent communication and problem solving skills, plus an aptitude for accuracy and detailed work.
          • Strong interpersonal skills and a commitment to providing good service.
          • Previous work experience helpful: library, office, retail, service position, etc.

            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 items by uploading them to the Library student employment online dropbox:
              1. Application form
              2. Cover letter
              3. 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