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Student Reference Specialist (Suzzallo/Allen & Odegaard Undergraduate Libraries)

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Posted 9 April, 2014. Closes 16 May, 2014.


Reference & Research Services Division (Suzzallo/Allen & Odegaard Undergraduate Libraries)

Job Title:

Student Reference Specialist

Date Posted:

9 April, 2014

Closing Date:

16 May, 2014

Number Available:



$11.15 per hour


Up to 19.5 hours per week

Start Date: 16 September, 2014


    • Provides information and research help service in the Odegaard or Suzzallo libraries:
      • Includes staffing public service points some weekends and University holidays
      • Odegaard positions include some evening hours
    • Participates in the Libraries’ chat and email reference services
    • Under the direction of librarians in Suzzallo and Odegaard Libraries, provides library instruction sessions to students in the Expository Writing Program and other lower-division courses
    • Assists supervisors in coordinating reference and instruction services and projects, including scheduling, and creating online research guides and screencast tutorials
    • Complete or contribute to other projects as assigned

    Required Qualifications:

      • Bachelor's degree
      • Current enrollment in a graduate program at the University of Washington
      • Successful completion of one or more courses in library reference service, comparable work experience in library reference service, or comparable work experience in information provision; OR experience in providing library instruction, successful completion of one or more courses relating to instruction, or comparable experience in teaching or training
      • Strong public service orientation
      • Must be available to work evenings and/or weekends and some University holidays
      • Familiarity and comfort with searching electronic and print reference sources, and ability to perform advanced web searching
      • Evidence of excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills
      • Ability to juggle projects, set priorities, and work with minimal supervision

      Desired Qualifications:

      • Enrolled in one of the graduate programs in the UW Information School
      • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in working with a diverse user population
      • Experience in providing direct public service in a library setting, especially at reference, information, or circulation service points

      Application Process:

      1. Submit the following items by uploading them to the Library student employment online dropbox:
      • In a single, multi-page document in the order specified (PDF preferred):
        • Cover letter
        • Resume
        • Names and contact information for three references

        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