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Student Employment @ the St. Kate's Library

A guide to student employment at St. Kate's library.

Research Services Graduate Assistant Job Description (now hiring for Fall 2024)

The purpose of the Research Services Graduate Assistant (GA) position is to provide reference service to the St. Kate's community, and to facilitate a professional-level working/learning experience for the graduate student. The Research Services Graduate Assistant will be mentored by, and work alongside, the St. Kate's research and instruction (R & I) librarians.

This fall, the Library will be moving to a combined service point located at the front desk. GAs and R & I librarians will be working alongside the library student assistants, and will be responding to research and circulation inquiries.

  • 15-20 hours per week; some in-person, weekday shifts are required
  • $16.50 per hour, plus sick leave
  • The position lasts for no more than one year.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist students, faculty, and staff with research needs, including citation questions, by staffing our virtual chat service and library front desk.
  • Staff at least one shift for the 24/7 global cooperative chat service.
  • Create and edit online research guides and tutorials using LibGuides, Rise 360, etc.
  • Create postings for the Library's social media platforms and website.
  • Design book displays, and assist with library events and community outreach activities on campus.
  • Potential to collaborate with a librarian in teaching research skills in Core courses.
  • Assist with circulation tasks as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned, depending on the Library’s needs and the assistant’s skills and qualifications.  

Required Qualifications

  • Must have completed LIS 7040 Information Access Services by the beginning of the assistantship.
  • Must be able to work some in-person hours at the library front desk (Monday-Friday 11 am to 3 or 4 pm). Other hours can be off-desk and/or virtual.
  • Must have a flexible, growth mindset as the Library lives into a new service delivery model.
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills.
  • Excellent computer and technology troubleshooting skills.
  • Must be a quick learner capable of taking initiative, working independently, and collaboratively with staff.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with video creation software or LibGuides.
  • Strong interest in academic librarianship and/or information literacy.
  • Experience and/or interest in teaching or training.
  • Experience with marketing/outreach; graphic design and/or crafting.
  • Priority will go to students who are available for more than one semester, and who have not had academic library work experience.

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