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Student Reference Specialist (UW Tacoma)

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Posted 20 June, 2013. Closed 20 August, 2013. Bachelor's degree required.

UW Tacoma

Job Title:

Student Reference Specialist

Date Posted:

20 June, 2013

Closing Date:

Open until filled

Number Available:



$10.90 per hour.


  • Up to 19.5 hours per week
  • Weekdays between 9 am - 5 pm; some possible weekend hours


Working under the general supervision of the Head of Reference Services, UW Tacoma Library Reference Specialists will be primarily responsible for providing one-on-one reference instruction (alongside or in the absence of librarians) for library users to help them locate and evaluate information resources. Specific duties may include:

  • Updating or developing subject research/class guides
  • Conducting library orientation sessions
  • Assisting librarians with classroom instruction
  • Developing library exhibits
  • Processing gift collections
  • Providing additional assistance to librarians as requested

Required Qualifications:

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

      Desired Qualifications:

          • Enrollment in the UW Information School
          • Experience providing customer/public service support in person, online, and over the telephone
          • Experience in one-on-one instruction or classroom teaching
          • Interest in education-centered reference work

              Other Details:

              This position is located at the UW Tacoma Campus and is open to students enrolled in a graduate degree program with the UW. UW Tacoma is located in the heart of Tacoma's downtown waterfront historic district.  The Library and its services support undergraduate and graduate students in all phases of research.

              For more information about the campus and the library, please visit http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/ and http://www.tacoma.uw.edu/library.

              Application Process:

              To apply, submit all items below by uploading them to the Library Student Employment online dropbox:

              • Application form (use Adobe Reader- some programs, including versions of Mac Preview, are not fully compatible with PDF forms)
              • Cover Letter: include descriptions of how this position might relate to your career goals, your interest in specific academic subject areas, and any tutoring/teaching experience you may have had (especially with high or college students)
              • Resume
              • Names and contact information for three job or academic references

              What's next:

              Selected applicants will be contacted for an interview. If you have questions about the position, please contact Suzanne Klinger, Head of Reference Services at UW Tacoma Library by email: alaura@uw.edu.

              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