Public Services Student Assistant

Posted September 4, 2019. Closes September 17, 2019.


Special Collections (Suzzallo/Allen Libraries)

Job Title:

Public Services Assistant

Date Posted:

September 4, 2019

Closing Date:

September 17, 2019

Number Available:



$16.00 per hour


10-15 hours. Exact schedule to be arranged.  Available shifts include: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday afternoons to 5pm; Wednesday between 10am-3pm; Tuesday & Thursday from 9:30am-11:30am.

Start Date: September 25, 2019 or before


    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. Prepare the following supplemental materials. A single PDF or Microsoft Word file is preferred.
              • Resumé
              • Cover letter
            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