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Student Reference Specialist (Remote) - UW Tacoma

Posted September 14, 2021. Closes September 26, 2021.

UW Tacoma Library

Job Title:

Student Reference Specialist

Date Posted:

September 14, 2021

Closing Date:

September 26, 2021

Number Available:



$16.84 per hour

Start Date: November 1, 2021


  • 10-19.5 hours per week
  • TBD schedule


Working under the general supervision of the Heads of Research Help, UW Tacoma Library Reference Specialists will be primarily responsible for providing one-on-one reference instruction to help library users to locate and evaluate information resources. Additionally, they will also work under the guidance of librarians on special projects throughout the Library. Other duties or special projects may include:

  • Updating or developing subject or class guides
  • Conducting library orientation sessions
  • Assisting librarians with classroom instruction
  • Developing library exhibits
  • Processing gift collections
  • Supporting the Library's programs and services for digital scholarship and scholarly communications
  • Assisting in the design and implementation of a digital exhibit of oral histories with Tacoma's Japanese American community.
  • Collaborating with librarians and staff on other projects as available: this could include collections, instruction, marketing, programming, and other library-related activities.

Required Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's degree
    • Excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
    • Excellent time management skills and attention to detail
    • Passion for teaching and learning
    • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment
    • Flexibility in a changing environment
    • Ability to learn new technologies quickly

      Desired Qualifications:

          • Current Enrollment in the MLIS program at the UW Information School
          • Experience providing customer/public service support in person or online
          • Experience in one-on-one instruction or classroom teaching or a strong desire to learn
          • Interest in education-centered reference work
          • Interest in social justice work
          • Interest in oral history, digital scholarship, open access, or scholarly communications

              Other Details:

              This position is entirely remote, and can be done from anywhere within the 50 United States.

              Application Process:

              1. Prepare the following supplemental materials. A single PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred.
                • Resumé
                • Cover letter: please address why you are interested in this position, and any experience you have that could aid you in this job. We do not expect applicants to have previous library or reference experience, and consider many other jobs and experiences to be valuable.
              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