Research Commons Student Specialist

Posted 16 August 2016. Closes on 1 September 2016.


Suzzallo/Allen Reference

Job Title:

Research Commons Student Specialist

Date Posted:

16 August 2016

Closing Date:

1 September 2016, 11:45 p.m.

Number Available:



$13.60 per hour


10-19.5 hours per week.

Schedule to be arranged.


Working under the general supervision of the Research Commons librarian, each of the Research Commons Graduate Students Specialists will do some combination of the following duties:

  • Provide citation management support to members of the UW academic community. Support includes reference consultations in person and online, and the delivery of workshops and webinars.
  • Manage and create content for LibGuides on specific citation management tools.
  • Assist in the development and coordination of interdisciplinary research-focused programs, including the Scholars Studio series.
  • Assist in the development, implementation and documentation of multiple assessment efforts in the Research Commons. Compile data and write reports on assessment outcomes.
  • Promote and market Research Commons programs, services and space to graduate students and other stakeholders using traditional communication and social media tools. In particular, promote the Citation Management Tools consultation service.
  • Staff the Research Commons Help Desk, providing technology and information assistance to members of the UW community.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings and on related committees and projects with partner units.
  • Complete or contribute to other projects as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • B.A./B.S. degree.
  • Current enrollment in a graduate program at the University of Washington.
  • Evidence of excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of time management skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work independently and in a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong interest in collaborative, informal learning spaces. Passion for fostering interdisciplinary collaboration and research support in academic libraries.
  • Ability to learn new technologies quickly.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Familiarity with citation management tools (for example, Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote, and/or Refworks).
  • Experience providing in-person or online instruction.
  • Experience creating and editing dynamic content on the web.
  • Knowledge of basic audiovisual equipment used for presentations.

Other Details:

The UW Libraries Research Commons, located on the ground floor of the Allen Library South, provides a collaborative environment in which students and faculty can come together to share and discuss research, as well as get support for different steps of the research process: searching, writing, publishing and funding. The Research Commons is a place to collaborate and connect with fellow students and faculty on research projects, a place for workshop and presentation opportunities, and a place for members of the UW academic community to discover what their peers and colleagues are researching.

We are looking to build a small team of graduate students to help support our interdisciplinary space and program in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Want to help graduate students from across campus use technology to better manage their research? Interested in facilitating interdisciplinary research conversations on campus?  Want to help develop a user-centered program of events and support for UW students? Interested in higher education and the future of academic libraries? Have ideas for fostering research conversation and collaboration? Apply to be a Research Commons Graduate Student Specialist! We are looking for graduate students with exceptional communication skills, time management skills and a passion for fostering research conversation to participate as a member of our team.

For more information about the Research Commons, visit

Application Process:

  1. Submit the following in the Library student employment online dropbox:
    • Resume
    • Cover letter
    • Names and contact information for three job or academic 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